Many of us have a supplement plan, an exercise plan or a diet plan, but often don’t make a plan for personal connection. Well, I’m here to tell you that it should be a key part of a healthy, balanced life.
Personal connection, that human-to-human contact, even if remote, is so important for your health. Without it, most of us go a little bit nuts. Yep, that’s right. We need love, we need to talk and tell stories and we need to connect with others. Here’s a few reasons why:
It’s free (or it should be).
What other wellness activity do you know of that is free? (ok let’s ignore the cell phone bill) We spend a ton of money on supplements, medicines, exercise classes and organic food, but picking up the phone and calling a close friend or family member is pretty darn cheap and it will boost your mood.
You don’t have to live close to your friends or family with all the options to connect these days. With Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts and Viber (just to name a few) you can text, talk or video chat with someone anytime and anywhere in the world.
It’s grounding & balancing.
Have you ever had one of those days where you can’t seem to think positive, but then you feel better after just a few minutes chatting with your mom or best friend on the phone? That’s because your conversation with that special person in your life grounded you.
I often find I don’t feel balanced if I let more than a few days go by without calling, video chatting or seeing my mom. We literally consider this a part of our prescription for health and we make it a priority.
It gets you out of your own head.
We are all living our own “movie,” and we’re focused on all of our own thoughts, feelings, perceptions and judgments. Talking, connecting and spending time with others gets us out of our own heads and gives us a glimpse of someone else’s movie. This is super helpful and often helps us keep our lives in perspective.
Here’s a prescription to try: make it a priority to daily connect with someone, even if just for a few minutes. Allow yourself to fully be present while talking with this person and focus on your breath.