How do you celebrate the fall? A walk through crunchy leaves or perhaps by curling up with a good book? Maybe hauling out your favourite fuzzy scarf, or by ordering as many pumpkin spice lattes as you can?
As social beings, we crave connections and interactions with others, but the change in weather around this time of year, coupled with shortening days, can sometimes lead us to recede into the warmth of our homes to hibernate.
Spending some quality time in solitude is a great way to recharge and relax, but too much can leave us feeling lonely, isolated and out of touch.
Here are our top six reasons to stay connected this fall:
- Improve your thinking: We are more likely to think in positive and empowering ways when we have meaningful connections with others.
- Be proactive: Social support, and associated boost in self-esteem are protective factors against life’s stresses.
- Live longer: Being emotionally supported by others leads to improvements in physical health and longevity.
- Boost self-esteem: Social support impacts self-esteem. Higher self-esteem is associated with lower levels of anxiety, depression and distress.
- Find satisfaction: Self-esteem is also associated with higher levels of overall life satisfaction and happiness.
- Get well: Allowing yourself to seek support and help during stressful times can improve a person’s health and wellbeing.
This month, as the days grow shorter and we start to bundle up against the cold and impending rain, I invite you to spend some time re-invigorating your connections with others.
Need a place to start? October is Healthy Workplace Month. Think about how you can create supportive environments by nurturing your relationships and connections across campus.
All my best,