From the beginning of time, human beings have counted on one another for survival. Feeling supported, valued and connected helps us thrive, which makes reaching out to others an important act of self-care.
Building a quality connection is key here, which happens in a number of ways, including when we exchange concrete help, offer emotional support, provide validation, give advice, and/or present perspective for one another.
Research points to a number of benefits to creating and nurturing these types of interactions, such as:
All of this is encouraging news because caring involvement with others may be one of the easiest self-care strategies to access. It's inexpensive, it requires no special equipment or regimen, and we can engage in it in many ways.
Self-Care September Day 28: Reach Out to Someone You Love
Today, you're encouraged to call, text, or send snail mail to someone in your life, near or far. (You can even send a card or letter to someone living in your house with you!)
You can reach out just to say hi, or tell them that you're thinking of them. You can thank them for making a positive difference in your life, wish them a happy day, send them luck for something happening in their life, tell them you love them, or let them know why they matter to you.
If you're not one for so many words, that's okay, too - you can simply share a funny meme, or take and send a picture of something that reminds you of them.
The point is just to connect. You'll both be better for it.
I love you and will see you soon!