For me, wellness is all about connections. You have to be tuned into your body — aware of true hunger versus cravings and know what feels good and what doesn’t. You need to feel healthy mentally and connected to your feelings so you can make positive decisions. And equally important, you need to feel external connections all around you — to people, nature and the spiritual realm. These external connections can ground you, fuel you and support you during life’s best and most challenging times.
Connecting Well With People
Perhaps most important to the majority of us are our connections with other people. Connections aren’t only good for boosting a great social life and career, they directly affect wellness. By surrounding yourself with a positive, supportive network of people, you directly improve your physical and emotional health. Research suggests it can reduce illness rates, depression and stress levels. We all want to feel heard and understood, and connections provide this feeling and enhance our wellness.
Reach out to family and friends and get together more. Search Meetups in your area and find people with similar interests. If anxiety or depression make it hard for you to connect in person, try starting with the online world. Look for social media interest groups or online forums to help you get used to talking to others.
Connecting Well With Nature
Connecting with nature fuels the soul. I know you have experienced that feeling of vitality and being more alive when you’re in a secluded nature spot. Imagine that first breath of ocean air on vacation or the crispness of fresh air through the window in early spring. Ahhh. Time in nature reduces stress, boosts our immunity and calms us in a unique way. Look around you. Nature provides a reminder of the life cycle that affects all of us and tells us that life is beautiful, short and unpredictable. Take this reminder and let it help you reconnect with what really matters.
Tap into the power of nature around us. Take a day trip to the beach or the lake. Take a hike in the mountains this fall. Go for a simple walk in a nearby park. Escape from the everyday and release all manmade expectations for a short bit. You’ll be amazed at the sense of calm and how you walk away feeling refreshed.
Connecting Well With the Spiritual
A third key to wellness are our spiritual connections. Whether this means attending church, bible study groups or retreats, practicing yoga or meditation, or communing with nature, it’s all spiritual. To feel complete wellness, it’s essential that we consciously work on our spiritual connections.
Exercise like yoga decreases physical and emotional stress and removes these barriers to spiritual enlightenment. Meditation allows you quiet time to open the mind. Have conversations with yourself, and ask the difficult and important questions:
- What are my values?
- What are my key beliefs?
- What is my purpose?
Let emotions come to the surface and calmly work through them. It will only make your connections stronger.
For more tips on connecting and overall wellness, contact me. Together we can build connections into your life and help you achieve the peace and joy you seek.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.