MuuvWell Blog

How a Community Impacts Mental Health

May 13, 2024

Find your Tribe

Humans are social creatures. Whether you are more introverted or extroverted, as a human, there is a biological need to have some connection with others. Social isolation is associated with higher risks for health problems such as heart disease, depression, and cognitive decline.

When we are more socially connected to family, friends, or some type of community we do better. We are happier, physically healthier, and live longer, with fewer mental health problems (depression, anxiety, and stress) than people who are less well connected. Community can be founds in all kinds of places. It might be present within your family, in a one-on-one friendship, co-workers, a church, a club, a gym, or your neighborhood.

Wherever community is for you, we encourage you to lean into that. It is important to find others to resonate with; who share similar goals, values, and aspirations. You are who you surround yourself with & that is the truth.

How can I find my community?

Finding community involves seeking out shared interests, values, or goals that resonate with you and connecting with others who share those same passions. One effective way to find community is to explore local clubs, gyms, organizations, or meet-up groups centered around your interests, whether it’s a hobby, a cause, or a cultural activity.

Engaging in activities or volunteering for causes you care about can also lead to meeting like-minded individuals. Additionally, online communities through social media platforms or forums can provide connections with people who share your interests, regardless of geographical boundaries. Building genuine connections, participating actively, and being open to new experiences are key in finding and fostering a sense of belonging within a community.

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