As we navigate this world where physical distancing, lockdowns and wearing a mask are becoming the new normal, things can feel overwhelming and at times isolating. It can be tempting to shut off from the world when things feel hard, but it's important for our health to reach out and connect with others.
Studies have shown that a strong sense of social connection and having more meaningful interactions with people in your life leads to lower levels of anxiety and depression, better physical health and a longer life. In essence, it creates a positive loop of social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
But what are some good ways to connect with the people in your life?
If in a place where restrictions allow, it could be as simple as going for a walk with a friend, or spending the afternoon with a parent or grandparent.
If you are still in your bubble, spend an evening over video call with family or friends. You could bring up some old photos and spend some time reliving memories, or do a classic lockdown quiz night!
Checking in with each other is so important during these times, so why not reach out to a friend and see how their day is going?