Connecting with people, feelings of closeness, being values by others, is a basic human need. Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages. Positive relationships can help you to build a sense of self-worth, a sense of belonging, opportunities to share experiences, gain and give emotional support.
Covid-19 has meant that we have had to try and connect with people in new ways, which is not easy, but vitally important for our wellbeing. There are lots of groups, networks, societies and clubs at the University, shown below, and beyond, that you can join to make new connections and improve your wellbeing. A lot of these are still operating digitally in some way.
Realte have some tips about staying connected with people during this global epidemic.
If you feel like joining something is too large a step for you at the moment, you can also make small changes in your life which can help you connect or re-connect to people at work and at home.
- Take time each day to connect with your family or friends
- Arrange to catch up with friends or a colleague you haven’t see for a while
- Think about how technology affects your wellbeing- check out wellbeing apps, or search for an online community.
- Pick up the phone! It's easy to get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people
Please contact the Wellbeing Work Group if you have more wellbeing related staff networks to add email@example.com thank you.
You can also connect with staff and students from Lancaster University Social Media.