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From Omar's Desk: Lost Connections

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"Connection is why we're here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives." - Brené Brown

7 ways to forge a deeper connection (with self and others):

1. Foster Community Engagement: Genuine connection starts in the heart of the community. Participate in local events, volunteer, or join groups with interests similar to yours. These activities not only enrich your social life but also strengthen the bonds within your community.

2. Pursue Purposeful Work: Aligning your career with your values brings a sense of purpose and fulfillment that money can't buy. Seek roles that challenge you, inspire growth, and make a positive impact on the world.

3. Embrace the Great Outdoors: Nature has a unique way of reconnecting us with ourselves. Spend time outdoors, whether it’s gardening, hiking, or simply taking a walk in a park. This connection with nature  dramatically improves our mental and physical health.

4. Cultivate Mindfulness and Presence: In the busyness of everyday life, learning to be present significantly enhances connection. Practice mindfulness or meditation to ground yourself in the moment, improving your ability to connect with others on a deeper level.

5. Value Experiences Over Possessions: Shifting focus from material goods to experiences promotes deeper bonds with those around us. Shared experiences, whether with family, friends, or even strangers, foster a sense of belonging and community.

6. Deepen Personal Relationships: Make a conscious effort to strengthen your relationships. Listen actively, show empathy, and be open to vulnerability. Authentic connections are built on trust and understanding.

7. Advocate for Inclusive Spaces: Promote and support environments that encourage diverse and open interactions. Inclusive communities foster a sense of belonging and support for everyone, reducing feelings of isolation and division.

These strategies are inspired by Johann Hari's "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions" and brought to you by Omar's Desk. By prioritizing meaningful connections in our live, we can face the challenges of today with hope, resilience, and a renewed sense of community.

Image Credit: Mental Health America of San Diego County