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Words Stay Social - Three animated characters dancingSocial butterflies:  Humans are social creatures, and being with other people and enjoying their company is great for brain health. Did you know that just ten minutes of social interaction can greatly increase your brain performance? And it might also surprise you to hear that this kind of simple social interaction with other people can deliver greater benefits than more widely practised brain workouts like playing chess or solving difficult crossword puzzles.

In general, people with more social ties live longer, have better health, are less depressed and are less likely to have cognitive impairment than their counterparts with fewer connections.

People with MS are at risk of social isolation for numerous reasons: mobility issues might prevent you from getting out and about, cognitive issues may mean that you need to work more from home or withdraw from the workplace altogether, and stress or even depression may lead you to shut others out. Becoming isolated can actually make things worse and have profound effects on your physical, mental and brain health.

Consider pulling together a personal support team to help to ward off isolation and keep you socially engaged. It may feel like an effort sometimes to be with friends and family, but you will reap the rewards in terms of your physical, mental and brain health. Ask them to give you a little nudge now and then to remind you that being sociable benefits your brain health.

Make sure you factor in some physical contact too – don’t underestimate the importance of a hug. Studies show that lack of affectionate physical contact is associated with higher levels of stress hormones. But social contact, like giving someone a hug or holding their hand can lower stress hormones and even lower blood pressure and reduce pain.

You don’t even have to be a social butterfly to siphon off the rewards.  Joining a book club, a community group, a choir or a sports team are all ways of upping your game if you find it difficult to raise your share of social interaction.  Reaching out online, connecting with organisations or volunteering can all be useful ways to stay connected. Becoming a dog owner can also open up avenues to connect, breaking down barriers. Pets can be a real comfort too.

It turns out that social interaction is like a powerful fertiliser to your brain. It will stimulate your brain cells to grow new connections and strengthen those already formed. New cells also spring to life in key memory areas of the brain, something that will stand to you. So why not consciously seek support or arrange a regular time to meet with friends for coffee, to a play or watch a film together? Getting involved in local community activities or volunteering are other great ways to stay socially connected.

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