Now more than ever, social connection is important. Research has shown that social connection improves one’s physical health as well as mental and emotional well-being.
As human beings, we need to love, be loved, and have a sense of belonging. And yet, a sense of connection, in contrast to what you may believe, is internal.
In this video, I share how to build your own internal sense of connection; I also share my own experiences with you.
You are wired to connect and have a community. Social connection is not an exchange of information, it is an exchange of presence, emotion and humanity. To connect: be authentic, and trust that even with your imperfections, your presence and connection is important and valuable. Be genuinely interested in others, because every person wants to feel cared about and connected to others.
How can you continue to connect at times of COVID-19:
Create connection by using technology: Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Houseparty are some of the apps you can use. Explore them, it is fun adventure.
Create a call list: get into a regular schedule to checking in with people. Especially older relatives and neighbors they may not feel comfortable reaching out to you in needing assistance for grocery shopping, dog walking, cutting the lawn…. It would be nice to check how they are getting along.
Ask for help: if you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, keep in mind that online counseling or therapy, is a fast and effective way for them to get extra support. Some free counseling options are also available.
I am also available: contact me to find out more about help for yourself or for your organization.
Here are some free resources:
New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline
8AM-10 PM, 7days a week
Text HOME to 741741
The Disaster Distress Helpline