What is it? The energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give & receive without judgement – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent & Lead.
Benefits: Greater love, joy, compassion, physical health & longevity, along with decreased anxiety & depression.
Interesting fact: A sense of social connectedness is a fundamental human need and our level of connectedness is actually internal (rather than, for example, our number of Facebook friends).
How to: Enjoy a quality catch up with a friend that isn’t time bound, call someone close to you, write to tell someone how special they are, ground & rebalance yourself in nature or take time to sit in your own headspace.
What is it? A hindu discipline involving controlled breathing, meditation and body positions.
Benefits: Improved mood, flexibility, strength, posture and balance, increased blood flow, focus and awareness, and deeper sleep.
Interesting fact: Yoga therapy has been linked to improvements in depression, schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions.
How to: There are so many different types of yoga so head along to a class at your local studio or gym, practice postures using an app on your smartphone or try to follow a youtube video.
What is it? A practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualisation, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation and enhance personal and spiritual growth.*
Benefits: Improved focus, relaxation, memory and energy, increased immunity, resilience and optimism, decreased stress and anxiety, amongst many other benefits.
Interesting fact: Meditation can make you more alert than sleep!
How to: Download a guided meditation app, sit and focus on your breath for 5 minutes, practice yoga, head outdoors and sit quietly in mother nature, deep breaths when your stuck at traffic lights or other “frustrating daily events” to transform them into a positive.
“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.” – Katherine Dunham