Making time to connecting to other people in our busy lives can help us deal better with stress, avoid burnout, 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 recently, when I joined some amazing women for a 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.
Connecting with others provides numerous benefits. Photo by Heaven Rentals.
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. And most of the time, it’s fun to boot!
I encourage you to make time to connect with others. You don’t have to do anything elaborate – keep it simple. Here are 5 easy ways you can try today:
1. Call, e-mail or text a friend.
2. Invite someone out to or over for a meal.
3. Play a board or card game together.
4. Connect on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
5. Join a Meetup to connect to people with similar interests.
Whatever you choose to do, enjoy connecting with others and the relaxation, rejuvenation—and fun—it brings to you. 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.