Have you caught up with friends, relatives or colleagues in the past week?

Do you sometimes find it’s difficult to make and sustain friendships?

Meaningful and lasting connections with family,  friends, colleagues and your community are core foundations that support and enrich you every day.

Things you can do to better connect

Call someone today and catch up.

Give your texting thumb a rest and put the dialling finger to work for a good old-fashioned chin wag over the phone or even better, in person.

Tell someone you’re not feeling great.

Move beyond small talk and friendly banter to a safe place where you can share your true feelings with a friend, confidante or family member.

A problem shared is a problem halved. Bottling up negative thoughts and feelings can corrode our well-being and hinder honest connections.

Set a goal to connect with someone in your life every week.

Whether it’s weekly visits to an elderly family member, a scheduled class with a mate, or date night with that special someone in your life, it’s important to connect with others on a regular basis.

Seek help if you find it hard to connect with others.

Psychologists and counsellors are excellent sources for working on building healthy attachments.

Get involved with your community and get out and about.

It all starts in your own backyard, your neighbourhood or your community. Find your people in a community group, whether it’s cultural, spiritual, social, environmental, lifestyle or political. Not only will you be making a contribution, you’ll also be making valuable connections.

Suggestions from our Lived Experience Collective

  • Write a letter or send a card for no particular reason
  • Stop and say hello
  • Start a conversation with someone just for the heck
  • Be friendly
  • Send a friend a random text just to let them know you are thinking of them