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:
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!