Practical ways to cultivate more connection
There’s a reason why ‘stay connected’ is one of our key principles - it’s fundamental to overall wellbeing.
Experts say that a lack of social connection can be detrimental to both your physical and mental health, so let's explore the link between connection and wellbeing with six practical tips to cultivate more self and social connection in your life.
Spend Time Alone: It may seem counterproductive in a piece about staying connected, but spending time alone doing things you love can not only spark joy but remind you of how nice it is to be in your own company. Consider going for a walk in nature, play tourist in your own town, or simply read a book. If you can find 30 minutes per week ‘dating’ yourself, then that’s a great first step.
Note Your Feelings: Tune in to how you’re feeling both physically and mentally. Rather than engage in surface-level emotions, ask yourself: “How am I really feeling?” and acknowledge your response. Check in with your body - how does it feel? Are your shoulders tense or your jaw clenched? Recognise those feelings within your body and take some deep breaths while you sit quietly and feel into yourself.
Practice Self Compassion: Being kind to yourself may not come easy — but research shows that practising self-compassion has so many benefits for your mental health. When you catch yourself in self-criticism, replace those negative thoughts with kind and supportive affirmations. Treat yourself with the same kindness you would a friend.
CONNECTING WITH OTHERS
Be Generous: You don’t have to have deep pockets to be generous - you can be generous with your time and energy. Being generous includes things like donating items you no longer use to charity, volunteering your time at your child’s school or helping a friend out when they need it. Small, simple acts of kindness and generosity can leave a huge impact on the community around you.
A Simple Hello: You’ve got the power to brighten someone's day with just a smile or a wave. We never know what anyone else is journeying through, so it always pays to be kind.
Branch out: Got a hobby or want to find one? From yoga centres, art classes to running clubs, it's a great way to meet new faces who share your interests, and you get to do what you love or learn something new.
YOUR REMINDER - write a thank you note to someone you care about. Or here's a tip, write one to yourself. It is such a simple, beautiful way to connect.
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