Staying connected in life means more than the obvious social connections. Studies have shown that staying connected with Family, Friends and your community brings many health benefits and is an important part of healthy ageing. COVID-19 has certainly taken it’s toll and now as we slowly begin to emerge from isolation, life is different but we can still be grounded and connected to help us navigate this new ‘normal’. That means re-evaluating your life, what you want and who you really are?
5 ways to stay connected with YOU
1 – Stay Connected with your inner self
Are you in tune with your inner self? Do you really know who you are and what your core values are? So often life can take over and we can lose connection to who we are. Transitions in life such as career changes, the empty nest, divorce, retirement can leave us questioning our identity and what we want from life.
Meditation, Mindfulness and Journalling are ways we can connect with our inner self.
Staying connected with our inner self means:
- Carving out time for a morning and evening ritual to start and end our day.
- Carving out time for daily self-care.
- Carving out time for gratitude.
- Taking time out for you to just think and ‘be present’ in the moment.
2 Stay Connected with your Inner Child.
Staying connected with your inner child and being present. My grandsons help me stay in the moment and enjoy the simple things, to be creative and to be fearless. I remember as a child my favourite past time was on the swing in our backyard. I would close my eyes and sing my favourite songs. I’m sure the neighbours needed ear plugs to drown out my voice but I felt free, I felt happy and just enjoyed the moment.
As adults we forget the simple pleasure of playing, having fun, laughing and just enjoying the moment. Close your eyes and think back to your childhood. What did you enjoy? Write it down and revisit what brought you joy.
3 – Stay Connected with You and your body
Connecting Mind and Body to stay active and healthy is important to living well. Whilst connection with others is an important factor in our well-being, taking time to reflect, meditate and be mindful is also important. There are many apps available which provide guided meditation and breathing techniques to overcome anxiety and improve self-reflection.
Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week starts 7th September so that is the perfect time to check in with your physical, mental and spiritual health. You might also like to join me in the WLWA50 Facebook Group for #30daysofhealthandwellness.
4. Staying Connected with nature has so many health benefits.
- reduces stress
- boosts memory and concentration
- increases creativity
- reduces inflammation
- supports immune function
- improves focus
- improves mental health
Mindfulness walking is a great way to commune with nature and be present. Forget the earphones, forget the time and just walk taking in your surroundings and being present in the moment. Why not take a mindfulness walk today and post an image of where you walked.
5. Try something new
Learning new things helps to open our mind and be creative. We connect with our ability to learn new things and as a result our lives are enriched and we experience growth. I’ve just taken the plunge over the last few months to start a Podcast – Women Living Well After 50. Take a listen as I’m up to Episode 12!
The Podcast project has been challenging but so rewarding and I’m learning the technical side of production and also learning so much from my guests. A friend, Debbie from Deb’s World has started a creative writing course and Kathy from 50 Shades of Age has discovered her creative side taking up watercolour painting.
There is always something new that we can learn which not only keeps our brains active and healthy but opens new opportunities and possibilities.
Over the coming months I will be working on programs and in collaboration with other professionals which will help you:
- rediscover yourself and your purpose
- light the passion within
- embrace life and live well in all areas of your life
It’s your time so embrace life and live well every day!