Connecting with people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we are important and valued by others. Social relationships help us to build a sense of belonging and self-worth and give us an opportunity to share our experiences, to provide emotional support and allow us to support others.
Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you. Committing to an act of kindness will give you a feeling of purpose and self-worth. Do something nice for a friend, thank someone, smile, or volunteer your time.
Continued learning through life enhances self-confidence, self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Learning new things will help you to build a sense of purpose. Don’t be afraid to try new things, rediscover an old hobby or take a different responsibility. Fix a bike, play an instrument, or just cook something new. Set challenges you will enjoy.
Taking notice of our thoughts, emotions, and surroundings is a great way to stay present and pay attention to our needs. Reflecting on our experiences will help us appreciate what matters to us. This is called mindfulness and it enhances our self-understanding and allows us to make positive choices based on our own values and motivations.