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A healthy lifestyle

Catherine Wilson 

by Catherine Wilson 

How can we be socially and physically connected? 

What does social connection affect? With all that’s going on out there trying to get us to disconnect “stay away from people”, “don’t touch anyone”, “stay secluded”, can we please look at what can happen without activity and connectivity? I understand we need to be cautious and concerned but let’s focus for a minute on what actions may need to exist in a strong community. Are we socially connected and physically fit enough to get through times like these? 

Research shows a strong correlation between levels of social connectivity and physical and mental well-being. We know that keeping physical activities in our daily life is so important. But did you know that doing it with others can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle? Activity and Connective is important! 

Low levels of connectivity can increase the risk for increased illness, increased aggressive thoughts and actions, slower recovery, depression, developing unhealthy habits such as eating disorders, and suicide. 

Wow! Sound familiar? The world we live in is very much affected by how connected or disconnected we are to others! God made us each for connection physically, mindfully and spiritually. With a stronger level of connectivity, the inverse can be found, including Increased longevity, stronger resistance to illness, increased mental and physical wellness, and higher levels of self-esteem. 

“Social connection is a very important part of wellness, both mentally and physically. Connection creates a sense of self-value and belonging and is a key ingredient of interpersonal health.” Writes Deidre Ashley executive director of the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center. 

“Connection is 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,” writes Brené Brown, author, storyteller, professor and Texan. 

There is not only a correlation in the level of connectedness, but also a correlation in the quality of the connection. When engaged in new experiences and learning, the brain establishes a series of neural pathways. These neural pathways, or circuits, are routes made of interconnecting neurons. Physical exercise enhances hippocampal neurogenesis and spatial memory related to brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) (Sun et al., 2017). Apr. 

So, what we can learn is to do things On Purpose, in connection, in movement, and with one another! Doing things On Purpose gives us the opportunity for an experience, more joy, and exploration in community! To learn more tips about doing everything on purpose, check out On Purpose WellBeings website and find your way to connect. We will be Stronger Together! 

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