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Reducing social isolation in our community

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The feeling of being part of the community and not just part of your family is important as it gives a sense of inclusion giving people confidence to be more active which contributes to their mental health and wellbeing, says Bluebird Care. 

“The feeling of belonging can lead to a greater sense of happiness. It might take time, but is worth the effort as the alternative could result in being socially isolated. 

“Feeling isolated can bring loneliness, and even increase the risk of physical and mental problems. 

“Happiness is the emotion we feel when we visit someone we care for or haven’t seen in a long while, when we achieve a goal, feel content or satisfied in our lives. 

“Happiness is also the thing we want most for the people we love. That’s why it matters so much. 

“But it isn’t easy to maintain a healthy, positive emotional state. Anger, worry, and isolation amongst other negative feelings increase the risk of developing heart disease. As people react to these feelings, they also experience raised blood pressure which impacts their health. 

“Happiness is a positive emotion that has been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well-being. Being happy promotes a range of lifestyle habits that are important for overall health. 

“The main question to ask yourself is: Are you living a happy life?

“For those most vulnerable in our society it is not easy for them to feel part of their community. Quite often their children or loved ones live far away, reducing the quality time together. As a community it is important to recognise those who can be isolated and endeavour to reach out to them or contact an organisation who can help befriend and support them in a positive manner.

“At Bluebird Care we offer opportunities for our customers to be part of a community, offering outings, running book clubs and gatherings throughout the year which has a positive effort on their lives. We work with organisations such as Mendip Health Connectors to sign post our customers and residents to clubs and activities that can help combat the issue of social isolation. 

 

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