“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Dr. Brené Brown

Is social distancing taking a toll on you physically and mentally? 

Are you feeling disconnected from others? 

As social beings, people have a fundamental need for human connection. And the majority of us live a life in which we are physically present and able to have face to face interactions with one another. To socialize is to be human.

We, humans, are hard-wired to seek out and support family, friends and community during times of challenge. We yearn to huddle together. The physical closeness is a primary source of soothing and easing discomfort. These connections are crucial for responding to and maximizing our survival in times of stress.

In many respects, our lives are being upended, as what was once normal no longer seems to exist.  Now there is a new normal that invites us to examine old behaviour and find unconventional ways to do the things we possibly took for granted. Among the changes is finding new ways to connect, engage and share while in isolation.

Whether you are quarantined, working remotely or just being cautious, now is the perfect time to embrace technology and practice using your phone and computer in socially healthy ways. 

According to Sean Stephenson, “Communication is merely an exchange of information, but connection is an exchange of our humanity.”

Watch the video to learn how you can cultivate your social well-being with these five words. Learn how you can connect without contact.