Your personal connection plan

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ME TALK ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTION PLAN

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Early Friday morning I walked in the Forest.  The joy of moving my legs and body in large strides through nature, the smells and sights, was breathtaking. As I was more aware of my senses of vision and sound, simultaneously I was very aware of the loss of smell due to the mask and aware of how avoidant we all were of each other’s eyes and bodies. No social connecting at all.

Despite being unleashed for 3 hours a day, we all remain pretty isolated and alone in our homes.  Whether you are living alone or with friends/lover/family, you crave novelty.  Your brain’s craving for social connection does not diminish. N or does your need for solitude.

Solitude is necessary as it calms down your sympathetic nervous system – the part that wants to fight or flight and makes you feel anxious.  It is also necessary as it increases the ventral vagal nervous system, the system that immobilizes you, makes you feel depressed, stuck. In other words, solitude gets you to calm down, and get activated to seek out connections with others.

Social connection with others is a lifesaver, a necessity, even for the most introverted and solitary people.

Here are some ideas on how to get more socially connected.

Deb Dana, a USA licensed Social Worker, author and lecturer, has created MY PERSONAL CONNECTION PLAN. I love it as it is simple and yet powerful. I urge you to spend some time filling in your own PERSONAL CONNECTION PLAN. And if you feel safe enough, invite your partner to fill this in too.  Separately. Then share with each other.  It could be a great way of showing more of yourself to a partner. Being vulnerable always enhances intimacy.

MY PERSONAL CONNECTION PLAN

WHAT DO I DO?

1.Who are the people in my life that I feel connected to?

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  1. What can we do together to maintain that connection?

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  1. What can I do to nourish connection to myself?

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WHAT DO I WANT TO EXPLORE?

1.Who would I like to invite into connection?

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2.What would I like to experiment with to have new connections to myself or to others?

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