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Social wellbeing
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Social wellbeing

Social wellbeing

Studying often involves changes in human relationships and the economy. We may also need new skills in these areas of life.

“Try to understand others yourself first, and only then can you ask others to understand yourself” (Stephen Covey, 1992)

We do not live in a vacuum! Other people influence us through our actions and we have an impact on others. Learning is also a social process, and studies require a wide range of interaction skills from the outset.

The sociality of the individual
Everyone has their own need for sociality arising from their temperament and life situation. One naturally misses a large group of people around him, the other needs a couple of close friends. In new life situations, one gets acquainted easily when the other needs more distance and digestion. Inherent sociality can also influence study and career choices and what situations we want to avoid.

In addition, everyone has different skills related to interaction and social situations that accumulate with life and experience.

Examples of social skills:

  • Ability to express their own views in conversation
  • Ability to listen and understand others

Read more about social skills on Nyyti RY’s website: https://www.nyyti.fi/en/opiskelijoille/opi-elamantaitoa/treenaa-sosiaalisia-taitoja/

By developing self-knowledge, one can also improve one’s social skills. Read more about self-knowledge and its various aspects.

Working in a group
Everyone is part of a group. At its best, teamwork makes learning more rewarding and offers new perspectives. At the same time, important teamwork skills are also learned in working life.

All groups are different, on the other hand, they also have the same. The formation of a group often follows certain steps. In a good group, members respect each other and are also able to express their own needs and thoughts. It may be necessary to create rules of the game for, for example, where and at what times people work and are available, especially if team members come from very different backgrounds and life situations.

Interaction skills support working as an individual in a group. Everyone can reflect on and develop your interpersonal skills: where I am clever, what is still to learn?

Getting to know each other and nurturing good relationships
Getting to know new people is often facilitated by joint activities and interests. People with the same spirit can be found, for example, in sports or in the activities of a student organization. You can get acquainted just as well, for example, with a course at a workers’ college or an art exhibition. There are many hobby and interest groups on the Internet today where you can meet other people. However, we should not wait for new people to find us.

Deeper acquaintance requires time, openness and genuine interest, as well as other interpersonal skills.

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Social relationships
Social network

According to some studies, as many as 10% of university students are lonely. Loneliness can also be mental loneliness or loneliness in a particular area of life. Especially if you are studying in a foreign country, you may miss your family and friends and feel lonely without our loved ones. 

Feelings of loneliness

If the social network you’re in doesn’t meet your needs, you may feel lonely. Loneliness should be distinguished from being alone. You may feel lonely even in the company of others. On the other hand, being alone doesn’t necessarily mean feeling lonely but can be pleasant and even desirable. Loneliness has a significant effect on mental health and may result in the development of mood symptoms, among other things. Long-term loneliness can impair self-esteem and complicate building new personal relationships.

It’s important to remember that loneliness may have several causes. It may be due to long-term difficulties building close relationships, which will result in a vicious circle where the negative self-image complicates acting in social situations. Loneliness may also be due to factors related to one’s situation in life. Moving to a new town, giving up a hobby, breaking up or having children may result in a temporary feeling of loneliness. Remember that loneliness is not your fault or a sign that there’s something wrong with you.

Sometimes getting to know others can be hampered by excitement or fear of social situations. If necessary, read more about the topic and look for ways to break the tension on the topic page.

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