Are you connected in the “right” ways?
A client told me recently that she had a phone in every room but wasn’t sure how to turn the ringers off.
That could be a metaphor for our society.
We sometimes feel we have to be available to people in our lives all the time. There doesn’t seem to be a way to turn off this function.
Being available and receptive to others can be healthy. According to Dan Buettner, the author “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer” (http://bluezones.com), the happiest people in the world spend at least 6-7 hours each day socializing face-to-face with other people (including working time!)
Face-to-face are the operative words. All forms of social media and the phone are fine, but it turns out there really is no substitute for in-person communication.
When you’re with a friend, you produce more of the neurotransmitter serotonin, creating feelings of well-being and combating stress and depression.
On the other hand, it’s not good for your health never to take time just for yourself, to be quiet, to regenerate. Or as I said in last week’s column to ‘re-create’ yourself.
So are you connected in the ‘right’ ways?
Can you turn off all electronic media for a little while each day?
Can you make face-to-face time for your friends?
Can you make time for yourself to sit and be quiet?
May you all connect to your path–and your people–with passion, purpose, power and peace!