The Human Connection when we break it down really links to a sense of love and belonging. Love and Belonging are essential to the human experience.
Love and belonging are key over the next few weeks as we yet again navigate a new normal way of life. As we move into uncertain times this January and with more restrictions its important, we stay connected.
Connection is the energy that exists between two people when they feel seen, heard or valued. We are wired for connection in fact its in our biology. From birth we need connection to thrive emotionally, physically, spiritually, and intellectually. Its hard science, Daniel Goleman in this book ‘Social intelligence’, explores the neuroscience evidence- based links which showcase the human experience and its need for connection. Technology has become an impostor for the human connection which we are all lacking throughout this global pandemic. In a technology crazed world it is important we do not confuse being communicative with feeling connected. Brene Brown states that ’Just because we are plugged in doesn’t mean we are seen or heard’. We need to be mindful to connect and talk and open -up to our loved ones throughout this difficult time.
Be kind to yourself this January with goal setting. Sometimes just getting up and getting through is enough- there are many months in the year to achieve our goals. Invest in selfcare for you. Just like the analogy of the plane and the oxygen masks- how can you help others and be innovative and creative if you do not attend to yourself first.
Over the next few weeks try be mindful of the following ;
Be Aware of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Take notice of the small everyday things that make you happy. It is the ordinary moments not the extraordinary that bring us the most joy.
Be Active and get out for that walk, run or cycle. Physical activity benefits every aspect of our mental health. Try to go in the working day in the hours of daylight on a lunchbreak as it refreshes the mind and body.
Connect make sure we feel that sense of love from family, co-workers and friends. Say how you feel – we are all having low days and everyone’s mental health has been comprised in some way. You are not alone. Only by talking can we end the stigma that exists around our mental wellbeing. Embracing our vulnerability and having these conservations will help end stigma. Conversations are the antidote to stigma by talking about how we feel.
This January make Connection your 2021 New Year Resolution !
Below is a list of Contacts that you can reach out to if feeling lonely and alone throughout these challenging times;
Samaritans-116 123 (ROI) for 24 hour access.
Pieta House- (01) 6282111 if you are experiencing suicide distress.
yourmentalhealth.ie- for nationwide listings of support services..
Shine- firstname.lastname@example.org for information on support for mental illness.
If you need support also you can talk to your GP or Company EAP Programme.
Written by DeCare Wellness and Health Promotion Manager/ Dental Professional – Dave Casey