How to find a deeper sense of community during social distancing

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Social distancing is a measure taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people. Limiting getting physically close to each other is important but we have to remember that keeping real social connections is vital for our happiness.

Social connections are essential for human beings. During social distancing, you can maintain them.

One way to do this is by building more connections in your community. Take time to cultivate human connections. They are an investment in our physical, mental and global wellbeing.

Consider some of my suggestions.

1. When you wake up in the morning set a daily intention to connect with people.

2. Be kind to yourself when you make a mistake, as a result, you’ll be kinder to others and more patient.

3. Before you eat, pause and reflect on the people that are working and made possible for you to have food on your table.

4. Practice gratitude for the people working in health and research services. Write in your journal the things that you are grateful for.

5.  Greet people when you go for a walk while practicing social distancing.

6. Make eye contact with people and smile (even under a mask or a leaf!).

One quote:

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued.”

Brene Brown

One question for you:

How do you stay connected with your community?

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