You can experience a lot of the same mental health benefits just by participating in group activities, like team sports, exercise or cooking classes, gaming groups, or book or chess clubs. While online and phone communications do provide some mental benefits, you ideally want to connect in-person too. However, you don’t even have to actually interact with others to benefit, just being in the same physical space, like at a concert, with people can increase your happy neurochemicals.
It Keeps Your Brain Young and Mentally Healthy
People who are socially isolated and not mentally stimulated tend to have lower cognitive ability in old age. Social interaction can improve memory functions, which helps recall and provides some protection from neurodegenerative diseases. The benefits of friends increase with age. Even pets have some similar beneficial brain effects.
Your brain needs social interaction. During the COVID-19 pandemic we all saw firsthand just how important human interaction is. Social isolation or solitary confinement has been used as a form of punishment for centuries. An extreme example of social deprivation would be infants who lack human contact fail to thrive and even die.
Social Interaction is Mind Medicine
According to Medical News Today:
“….direct person-to-person contact triggers parts of our nervous system that releases a ‘cocktail’ of neurotransmitters tasked with regulating our response to stress and anxiety.”
These findings corroborate the observations of a study that concluded romantic partners could help each other relieve physical pain just through interaction and touch. Additionally, if you or someone you know is living with cancer and is going through treatment, positive social interactions can impact their outcome. The research saw that when people feel loved and valued, they’re more likely to respond well to a difficult experience, such as chemotherapy.
Let Us Be a Part of Your Social Network
While social interactions won’t help all your health issues, they can be one part of a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle. At Grey Matters neurofeedback brain training studio, we are passionate about providing information and services that help people live their best lives, including optimizing their brain’s health and function. We would welcome the opportunity to assist you and be a part of your supportive network.
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback therapy where you learn to control your brain activity and guide it toward more optimal functioning, which can relieve problematic symptoms or behaviors you are experiencing. Regular visits to our studio can be a part of your positive social interactions, and we will train your brain to be healthier.
A better brain means a better you and life.
Give us a call at (317) 215-7208 or send us a message today to find out how we can help you.