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  • Writer's pictureJacqui Grant

Community - Value of Connection

Connect and Grow Magazine - Edition 10 June - July 2024

As we continue the self-care, health, and well-being theme this month, the article focuses on how community can be a great asset.

Community Connection can be perfect for health and well-being!

Over the past few years, there has been more awareness about wellbeing, especially mental health and wellbeing, and people are encouraged to check in with others. For example, everyone is reminded to ask others, "Are you okay?"


With the rising cost of living and interest rates yet to come down, everyone is working as much as possible to ensure they can pay for everything and keep their lights on. Many people I have spoken to are choosing to rug up instead of putting their heating on to keep their electricity and gas accounts as low as possible so they can afford to keep paying for everything.


Connecting with your community can add health, wellbeing, and self-care into your life.


Community means something different for everyone. It could be that you have a community garden where you get together with others, and as part of that time together, you get to be social and grow some fruit, vegetables, and herbs. This can help with the cost of living even in the smallest of ways.

The community can also be taking some time to do activities with people whose company you enjoy; after all, there is that saying that laughter is the best medicine, and it can be. I want to laugh and smile and have time away from thinking, stressing, or worrying about what to do next. After spending some time away from worries and stress and laughing, it can be that you find the answers to your questions.


What can you do that allows you to be part of the community and helps you to take care of yourself?

Laughter helps to release serotine and is a great way to relax and release stress!

Another idea is a walking or running group for those looking to improve their fitness and enjoy walking and running. Going out with others can help with motivation, focus, and, once again, having some fun.


If you are looking for that connection more of the minds, you could join a chess club or group or a book club; if these are your interests, they can also be fun and interactive, supportive.


Your health and wellbeing are essential for your quality of life, and being surrounded by people who are similar or the same can be uplifting and help you stay on track, motivated, and even maintain momentum on your journey of self-care.


Whatever community activities you choose, remember to make time just for yourself.


Community, work and then time for just you, such as a bath at the end of the day, do so much for overall health and wellbeing. It can even be fun, and if you attend a local market, you may even find some great items to help with your self-care.



Written by Jacqui Grant

(C) 2024 Break Free Consultancy, Connect and Grow Magazine

Diclaimer: All information is accurate at the time of publication

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