October: We're Better Together
Our lives are filled with a variety of different types of relationships. From our family relationships to the connections we have at work, creating and maintaining these relationships not only helps to boost our individual wellness but also contributes to a healthy culture in our homes, workplaces, and communities. While relationships aren’t always easy, the advantages significantly outweigh any drawbacks. A few benefits of positive social relationships include:
- Emotional regulation
- Physical and mental health
- Self-esteem and empathy
- Likelihood of maintaining healthy behaviours
- Overall life satisfaction and happiness
Healthier Relationships, Happier You!
Want to help your relationships flourish? Try becoming a communication sensation! Communication is a vital component of healthier social connections, so always try to:
- Approach situations with an open mind
- Communicate clearly
- Create a safe space for everyone to share their ideas
- Engage in non-judgmental listening
- Pay attention to nonverbal cues
September is a great time to create a plan for balance with all the excitement and challenges that come with a new school year. We often refer to this as “work-life balance" that implies time spent working and living should be a 50/50 split, which doesn’t quite fit the bill.
It isn’t life or work. Rather work and life-with elements like adventure, fun, rest and more sprinkled in between. Since your differing priorities are interconnected and often overlap, make the most of the resources and support available to help you juggle it all.
Do what works for you:
Our priorities likely differ from one another’s so, naturally, we have unique ways of living in “balance.” Here are a few tips for creating and maintaining balance in all aspects of your life:
Avoid comparing yourself to others and create your own personalized definition of what balance feels like to you.
Life isn’t only more fun together, it’s also easier! A support network such as friends, family, colleagues, health professionals or community resources can help you to achieve balance.
- Embrace a positive perspective:
Reflect on at least one difficult or stressful situation that you encountered this month. Try and shift your perspective: is there anything at first seemed like a problem, but can now be seen as a learning experience that offered unexpected insights? Can these insights help you in the future?
Reminding ourselves of the purpose of our work may help to increase work satisfaction. Take five minutes in a quiet space to turn off autopilot and reflect on why you entered the career you did. It may be the recharge you have been looking for.