Get social! Family, friends, and new horizons

Where would we be without our families? They are our first source of social interaction, and for many of us they remain our most reliable source of connection, support, and fun.

Making social connections, having fun and being spontaneous are things that enrich our lives and make us more worldly people. We are all naturally curious, and exploring the world and social opportunities around us are essential to a full and healthy life.

Having a disability can pose challenges to creating and maintaining these connections. Engaging in certain activities, meeting new people, and taking trips and holidays can be hindered by disability requirements.

Meeting these extra needs, however, is the job of many people and services. With the upcoming rollout on 1st July 2016 of the NDIS, providers such as I Can Direct are in an ideal position to help connect you with disability service providers across Brisbane and Queensland that can help meet your social needs.

You could be interested in leisure activities such as movie nights, BBQs, and trips to concerts and events. You may want to join a club or a group with a shared interest. Perhaps you would like to take up a hobby such as art classes, music, craft, sport or acting. Volunteering appeals to many generous people who want to support a worthy cause and meet new people at the same time. Take a break from the everyday by going on a trip or holiday with friends or family. The choice is in your hands.

Wherever your interests lie, there are disability service providers across Queensland that you can connect with, and I Can Direct can help you plan a vibrant social life.

Furthermore, creating good quality connections is not only fun, but has significantly improves our health in many ways (Seppälä E., 2012):

It strengthens our immune system and helps us recover from disease faster.

It lowers rates of anxiety and depression.

It helps us have higher self-esteem, and be more empathic, trusting, and cooperative with others. As a result, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with us.

Being socially connected therefore generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. It is also important to remember that the connections that can be achieved are real, quality connections. Online friends are great, and a full social life will include quality people on- and off-line. Planning for a full social life with I Can Direct as your NDIS service provider can be one of the best choices you’ll make.

For more information on how you can make I Can Direct your NDIS provider, please contact us on 0414 611 168 or book your free two-hour consultation with us by clicking here.

References:

Seppälä E., 2012 ‘Connect To Thrive: Social Connection Improves Health, Well-Being & Longevity’ City, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-it/201208/connect-thrive

Click to listen highlighted text!