To say the past few weeks have been different is an understatement, one thing I have really missed the most is connecting with others, friends, associates, clients et al.
As humans, we are designed to be connected with others, both on a physical and energetic level. It’s ingrained into our being.
For example, it has been scientifically proven that hugging reduces stress, boosts your immune system, boosts your heart health, increases happiness, increases understanding between the huggers and reduces anxiety.
While it’s nice that science confirms it, we actually subconsciously and instinctively already know this to be true through experience and gut-feeling.
One thing I am very much looking forward to at some point is hugging my friends who are huggers and shaking hands with friends and associates who are hand-shakers (their permission willing).
But that’s not possible right now. I’ve spoken previously about our incredible ability as humans to adapt… and how I’ve adapted in this instance is replacing regular coffee meet-ups and catch-ups with online Zoom and Skype calls.
One big benefit of this has been that I’ve opened up my “catch up” circle from local to global.
In the past few weeks, I’ve caught up with people from various parts of New Zealand, the United States and Finland. Some were local who I would normally grab a coffee with, and some who I’ve caught up with for the first time.
It’s been great connecting with new people, hearing different perspectives and just having a good chat with a face-to-face conversation, it’s something I’m keen to continue when we get our freedom back.
LinkedIn has been great for finding people to catch up with and I highly recommend arranging a couple with new people yourself… if you haven’t already.
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