Make Time to Connect with Others
As Tara wrote so well, connecting with others can help us deal better with stress, avoid burn out, and stay emotionally healthy. There have been many times that being with like-minded people, or good friends or family, have saved my sanity.
Such was the case this past weekend, when I joined some amazing women for a girls-only get-together. I’d had a long week and almost opted out in order to just relax and unwind on my own, but I went anyway, telling myself it was important for me to make time to connect with other people. And I’m so glad I did! It was just what I needed: good company, good food, good music (and even a little dancing – how can you NOT dance when Abba is playing?), great conversation, and some silliness that left me laughing so hard my sides ached by the time I said goodnight. What a difference just a few hours of spending time with like-minded, fun people made! I felt not only relaxed but rejuvenated as well—way more than I would have vegging in front of the TV on my own.
That’s because, beyond mental and emotional benefits, making time to connect with others is good for your spiritual well being too. The essence of spirituality is connection—to people, to purpose, and more—so making time to connect with others in a genuine way helps to ground and center us, reminding us that we’re not alone and reminding us that we are loved, and that our lives have meaning and purpose. It helps lift us and give us perspective to get beyond the day-to-day stresses and move forward. Most of the time, it’s fun to boot!
This week, I encourage you to make time to connect with others. Whether you enjoy a good conversation or a fun activity together, be present and enjoy that connection. Let it relax and rejuvenate you and add meaning to your life. And if you feel comfy, come back and share your experience with a comment.