Our lives are busy. Our calendars are filled with work and activities: social obligations, parties, children’s events, and volunteer commitments. We are going and doing and while society applauds our hustle, we are drowning. And often very lonely.
When we are distracted, we become overloaded and disconnected- from others as well as ourselves. This is not a pace we can keep up without it taking a serious toll on our physical and mental health.
Instead of avoidance through busyness, try pausing in your day, for even just five minutes. This quiet is vital for reflection, growth, and self-discovery. Distraction free, technology-free time with yourself can help you refocus, recenter, and reflect. Ignoring difficult emotions- perhaps with the business of seemingly good activities- will ultimately lead to exhaustion and isolation. You need time to sit with yourself.
Additionally, authentic connection with others is more important than you might think. Being a part of a family or group of friends can help regulate emotions, lessen anxiety and depression, lead to a higher self-esteem and even improve the immune system. Feeling well connected promotes positive mental and physical health and helps give life meaning. We are social creatures; we were never meant to do life alone.
We are designed for connection to God, others, and ourselves. When we are spiritually healthy, we are able to walk in clarity and make choices that are in line with our beliefs and values.
Feeling supported, known, and seen in a loving group of others truly makes a difference in overall wellbeing. Life will be hard, difficult seasons will come- however when we are living in community, our brothers and sisters can come alongside us, hold up our arms while the battle rages and remind us of who we are. Healing happens in community.