Cultivate connections, your body and mind will thank you!
Is life so full and “busy” that you have trouble finding the time for the things that have always brought fun into your life – such as seeing your friends? Sometimes it can seem like too much trouble to pick up the phone and MAKE the time to meet a friend for coffee or a walk. It is just easier to “survive” the week than to plan something more.
This happens at work too – how often in your workplace do you notice that people sit at their desks for lunch – only interacting with others when it is absolutely necessary – often because it just seems like there is too much to “do”. This happens at my office, resulting in limited personal connections between us. But when we had a plan to meet as a group for lunch once a week – I got to know some really cool things about my colleagues that I didn’t know before!
Recently I’ve been reminded of some research that shows humans have better mental and physical health when they have social connections with others.
An article from the Mayo Clinic states:
“Friends also play a significant role in promoting your overall health. Adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). Studies have even found that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.”
The interesting thing is that the health benefits aren’t about how many friends you have – have you ever had this experience: “I am never so lonely as when I’m at a party with a thousand others!” It isn’t about quantity! Real connections with a few can make all the difference!
So if you’ve noticed that this is an issue for you, what can you do?
To your peace and clarity,
PS. If you want to get more "connected" online, join our private Facebook group (Life You Love Inspiration Lounge), I'd love to have you there!
PPS. Thanks to my friends Joanne, Michelle and Suzanne for the amazing connections we continue to make happen – like when we took the photo above!