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31 Jul 2015 3:53 PM - Take a moment to connect.
Real connections are good for your health

How easy is it to forget the people from our past when we get caught up in our busy day-to-day lives? To lose real connection?

Many of us are taking time out to disconnect from our devices which is great but I want to encourage you to use that time to connect in a meaningful way.

This morning I cried…

You see, a friend of my father’s sent me a text message out of the blue. My father passed away 12 years ago and I had not spoken to this man for almost 10 years. He just wanted to text me to see if I was on the same phone number and to say hello. He had been thinking about my dad recently. He and dad shared June as a birthday month (I didn’t know that) and he reminded me that dad would have been 94 this year. My dad was something of a mentor to this man and he had been reflecting on my father’s achievements and how inspiring he was. So there you have it, tears all round. I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, but as I get older I realise just how accomplished my dad was and how many lives he touched.

But it got me thinking, how easy it is to forget the people from our past even though we didn't really mean to. But more importantly, HOW AMAZING it is when we take the time to remember them and actually reach out and reconnect, even if it is just a simple text message or email.

Last week, another friend sent me a text to organise a catch up. We are having lunch on Sunday. I haven’t seen him for over 5 years but we are “Facebook friends” so I have a general idea of what’s going on in his life but no real detail, no real nitty gritty. I’m looking forward to filling in the gaps when we see each other.

Sometimes we can kid ourselves that we are connected. We might have lots of Facebook friends or Instagram followers but I don’t think "likes" and "comments" on Facebook really count as connection. To me, connection has to be one-on-one, preferably face-to-face but I’ll accept telephone, email or text when needs be.

Is there a health benefit to connecting?

Absolutely! 

Connections are so important for our mental and physical health.

Even a brief one-on-one connection can influence our biochemistry and:

  • Lighten our mood

  • Boost our immune system

  • Lower our blood pressure

  • Reduce our stress

  • Improve our digestion

  • Help us sleep


I think many of us would benefit from more connection, especially at the moment as we seem to be getting more and more disconnected and isolated and busier and busier.

Even making real eye contact and smiling at your local barista can make a difference, not just to him or her but to you as well. Double whammy!

So, today I am going to pay it forward so to speak. I am planning to contact a friend I haven’t seen or spoken to for probably over a decade, for no real reason other than life got in the way. I’ve been thinking it would be nice to catch up and I’m just going to DO IT.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if everyone did the same…imagine the ripple effect. So, if you have read this far, it is my wish that you reach out and reconnect with someone. Is there someone from your past that you can text, message, email or call TODAY? It doesn’t have to be more than just letting them know you still think of them and you hope they are well but if it turns into a face-to-face then great. I bet you will make their day and yours too!

Please do it and if you want, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I'd love to hear about your renewed connection and how it made you feel.

You’ll be giving your health and theirs a big boost!

 

In good health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD


p.s. I made contact and we are catching up for lunch next week. Easy!

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Excellent newsletter

31 Jul 2015,6:18 PM - Jane Lelliott
I love reading all your newsletter always interesting with good ideas......we should catch again in the not too distant future. I knew you would be a wonderful Naturopath.
31 Jul 2015,6:36 PM - Kaye
Thanks Jane...there's those connections happening again!