Building a Habit of Connecting

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Humans are creatures of habit. Research suggests that a new habit can be formed in anywhere from 21 to 66 days.

Pause for just a moment to consider how your habits have been transformed just over the last year. We were in the habit of doing our own grocery shopping, now we shop online and use grocery pick-up. We were in the habit of commuting to work, now many of us are working from home. 

Perhaps even our health and wellness habits have changed.

Many more of us are eating out less and preparing our own meals. Many are creating home gyms or attending online fitness classes rather than going to a traditional gym. Health and wellness are being prioritized. 

As we all continue to work through changes and create new habits, don’t forget how important human connection is to your overall health and wellness. 

We’ve been living in a more isolated, restricted world for over a year. Physically and emotionally, we may feel more conditioned to isolation than we are to socialization.

Returning to a more social world with physical and emotional connection may continue to feel challenging for a while.

Take your time. Continue to take care of yourself. Don’t feel guilty if certain interactions that used to be second nature now feel awkward. We’ve adapted to new ways of doing things. In many instances we have discovered better ways of doing things, but nothing can replace the value of healthy human connections.

Today reach out and make a sincere connection with someone who is important to you. Send a text. Make a phone call. FaceTime a friend.

No matter how you choose to do it, make a sincere connection with someone today and note the positive effects that it has on your health and wellness.

I think that when the dust settles, we will realize how little we need, how very much we actually have, and the true value of human connection.

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