Having quality connections improves your physical and emotional wellness, as well as your ability to solve problems, be productive and achieve your goals.
Why Connecting Well matters
A network of good quality connections makes a good quality support system.
A quality support system can be counted on to provide advice, boost your morale and provide emotional support.
What should I do and how should I do it?
Make time for others
Plan video chats or phone calls that suit your schedule and theirs.
Video calls allow you to see facial expressions and gestures and will help you to feel closer.
Use technology, such as Facebook and Instagram to keep up with extended family and friends.
All relationships need nurturing. Prioritise and schedule time to connect for the big moments in the lives of your family
Build strong connections
Connections can begin with finding common interests. Focusing on your appreciation for the other person will make your connection stronger. This allows you to accept differences in interests, likes and dislikes.
Strong connections are also built on mutual respect. Treat your friends, family, co-workers and others with respect.
Treat yourself with respect.
Build a safe environment at home where you can trust and share openly
Really listen to your partner.
Disagree fairly and respectfully.
Breatheand calm down if you are too angry to really listen.
Say what you need to in a calm, constructive manner.
Don’t expect your partner to make you physically or emotionally well.
Be in charge of your own wellness. Let your partner know if you need some time to rest or do some exercise. Don’t expect them to be able to read your mind.
You can support your family in their personal wellness too.
Tips for Communicating Well
Ask questions when you’re unsure.
Listen without interrupting.
Listen for facts and feelings that are not being described.
Ask about what you think is missing from the conversation.
Prioritise your relationship
All relationships need nurturing and scheduled time for fun.
Prioritise and schedule time to connect for the big moments in the lives of your family.