Written by Nicole Nielson, WLLC 2015-2016
We have talked about social or community wellness in class and have defined it as “The social dimension entails valuing living in harmony with your fellow human beings, seeking positive, interdependent relationships with others, and developing healthy communication skills. Social wellness involves embracing interconnectedness, and understanding how your actions affect other people and their community. Socially well people consciously choose to enhance personal relationships, nurture important friendships, and build a just and caring community. Research indicates that being socially well enhances physical and emotional wellbeing.” I personally believe that all the forms of wellness are interconnected and to be well in one you must be well in another or all of the other areas of wellness. To be a good contributor in a community I think you need to have good people skills and good communication skills so that you can have a good relationship with the people that are in a community. This would then involve good relational wellness. Relational wellness has been defined as “People with high relational well-being have satisfying and balanced relationships with themselves, other individuals, and society as a whole. They are able to empathize with and respect diverse others while simultaneously asserting their own needs and opinions. They have a capacity for intimacy while also being able to find and enjoy time alone.” These two forms of wellness go hand in hand and almost always exist together.
In the Brann reading we see the author say “Health care providers and patients share responsibility for communicating effectively with one another, which is paramount, and exceptionally difficult, when coping during traumatic events.” Through this we see that in traumatic times relational wellness can suffer from this lack of communication. When someone can’t even talk to a health care professional about what is going on in their personal life I can only imagine how they struggle in other social situation. This would then be hurting their social and community wellness too. Often times it is our community that is not well or doesn’t support strong relational wellness because so many taboos have been put on certain subjects and some things just aren’t “politically correct” to say. Brann said this about that idea, “It is the overwhelming silence society has placed on this topic that keeps many individuals from knowing, understanding, sharing, and being comfortable during such a tragic event (miscarriage).” To have good social and community wellness we all need to be able to speak freely about whatever it is that is going on with us and be able to do so without judgements. Being able to do so will also help our relational wellness by keeping communication with people open and without judgements.