Rope tied into a knot in the shape of a heart with text overlay: WW Question: Connection

WW Question: Connection

After eight long months of not seeing my parents in person, we finally got to see their beautiful faces on Saturday. Of course, we sat outside and kept our distance to make sure we kept everyone safe. I’m a hugger, so it was hard not to be able to hug them, but their health is too important to take any chances. Just getting to see them in person and see for myself that they’re doing well was good enough for me.

Our connection with others is so important, whether it’s our family or the people we meet as we go about our business every day. As we talked about in The Importance of Connection, forming and maintaining connection with others is vital to our wellbeing. Strong social connections can give us increased longevity, a stronger immune system, better mental health, support for our wellness efforts, and more resilience.

That shows just how vital connecting with others is, doesn’t it? And as we talked about on Friday, we can even experience brief moments of connection as we go about our daily lives.

This week, let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads, "Do I have a feeling of connectedness to the world around me? If not, what's one thing I can do to change that? Do I look for chances to make those micro-moments of connection? How am I doing with nurturing my relationships? Is there anyone I need to reach out to?

I know that’s a lot of questions, but fostering our connection with others is multi-faceted.

I have to admit that I’m not great at keeping in touch with people (other than my family – I think I do a good job with nurturing my relationships with them). It’s not intentional — I start out with good intentions of sending cards, notes, etc., or thinking “I need to call …..” but then I don’t follow through. I definitely have some work to do in that department.

Nurturing our relationships and looking for those ways to feel interconnected with the world around us are vital to our overall wellness. Whether we get to see people in person, talk with them via text or phone, or through Zoom calls, Skype, or FaceTime, we can develop those ties that are so important.

In the larger view, our interconnectedness with the world around us not only contributes to our wellness; it gives us the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world.

How do you stay connected with your friends and family? What about with the world at large? How have you kept a feeling of connection during this time of social distancing? Please share!



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    1. Thanks so much Dorothy! It really was wonderful to see them in person. I agree with you about all types of connection being so important right now. Hope you’re staying safe and well sweet friend! Blessings to you!

  1. Real life face to face connection is so important for us. It has been difficult not being able to have that face to face connection with those who live interstate this year. Glad you connected with your parents Terri.

    To answer your question;
    I have found several ways, texting, sending cards with a special tea sachet to have a ‘cuppa’ on me to friends & loved ones.
    I’m not good on the phone with fibro fog so I keep conversing on the phone to an absolute minimum.
    Also utilizing email contact. For the first time I got to connect with my eldest granddaughter who was in isolation (returning from overseas) via video call!
    But our nuclear family has a WhatsApp group so we connect via texting on that most days 😀

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer! I’m so glad you and your family have been able to find ways to stay connected. I’m so glad we now have the video options – it’s good to be able to see our loved ones’ faces when we can’t see them in person. Hope you’re staying safe and well sweet friend. Sending hugs!

  2. I’m so glad you got to see your parents Terri. I’m exactly like you, a hugger, and these months have had me struggling to hold back on how I greet people that I know. I often wonder if we’ll ever get back to a time where we can be like that again. During these times, I made it a point to stay in touch with family and friends and even reached out to those that I hardly kept up with. With the world the way it is, we need some semblance of positivity don’t you think?

    1. Thanks so much Mark! I’m glad you’ve been able to stay in touch with friends and family during all this. Those connections are so important, and I think the high incidences of mental health issues during all this social distancing proves just how important they are. I love that we have so many ways to stay in touch now. Stay safe and well my friend!

  3. I’m glad you were able to see your parents. My father is on hospice in independent living residence. I’m grateful that IL allows me to visit regularly. My family is small so I have been trying to reach out to my friends regularly via text or email so we can stay connected. During this time, I have learned how important friends and family are!

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! I’m so glad you’re able to visit your Father regularly. I know that is a blessing to you. Isn’t it wonderful that we have so many ways to reach out to our friends and family now? All the technology that’s available to us now just amazes me. I grew up when we didn’t even have personal computers…. I saw my first computer when I joined the Air Force at 18.😁 Sending hugs your way!

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