When it comes to improving personal connection, the first things that come to mind are charisma, active listening, and in general, being a better orator. While all of this is a big part of creating great relationships, what if I told you that there is a way to boost personal connection while tackling different parts of your life?
Sometimes we take for granted these seemingly unbreakable bonds we have with our best friends, our long-time coworkers, our family members… But at VP Legacies, we know that these are personal connections that have to be strengthened and worked on, just like any other. That’s why we offer our Personal Connection 101 course. You’ll not only be more confident in your public speaking abilities but discover new ways to connect with the people closest to you.
In this article, you will discover how and why taking care of your body is going to boost your personal connection with others and why keeping these bonds strong is more important than ever while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Utilizing “mens sana in corpore sano” as Your Personal Connection Mantra
The mantra “mens sana in corpore sano” is really the foundation of a solid and stable presence. It literally means “a healthy mind in a healthy body,” and it reminds us to take care of both our body and our mind in everyday life. We have discussed this also in the article “Focus on exercise and your physical health to create personal connections and strong communication.”
The idea of balancing yourself is what enables you to develop a genuinely pleasant personality. Which builds more stable and healthy relationships. The reason for this comes down to a simple truth:
If you are calm and balanced, people are going to sense it.
Why physical health is crucial not only for personal connection, but for your whole life
In today’s world, most people are working with soft skills in the office. This causes them to often overlook and sacrifice physical health to chase work-related goals. When you do this, you are basically sacrificing your well-being for short-term gratification. This is not sustainable, especially in the long-term. Your energies will drop and your stress levels will rise. As a result of this, the quality of your interpersonal relationships will drop.
Physical health affects your personal relationships
Physical health affects how stressed you are, how much energy you have, and even your general mood. As you know, all these things are going to be expressed during a normal conversation via intonation, body language, and word choice.
What this means is that your physical condition can directly affect your relationships, in either a positive or negative way. It becomes clear that developing and maintaining a good level of physical health is an important part of improving the quality of personal connection and your life.
Which aspects of physical health are most important for personal connection?
Physical health has many different aspects, but you want to focus on the ones that are going to bring you the most improvement in personal connection.
1. Sleep to rest and reset
Sleep is for sure one of the most important aspects, if not the most important. Sleeping regulates your stress levels, and more importantly your energy levels. Sleeping at least 8 hours a night is not only going to improve your overall health, but it is going to make you feel more energetic and less tired during the day.
2. Exercise regularly
Physical exercise is probably one of the best ways to release stress and build self-confidence. Exercising regularly (at least 3 times a week) will make you less nervous and will give you a general feeling of control over your actions. Additionally, regular exercise is generally associated with higher energy levels. This means that over time you will feel more relaxed, more energetic, and more confident.
This is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and isolation guidelines have kept a lot of people cooped up to stay safe from the spreading COVID-19 virus. Between Netflix binges and remote work schedules, it’s more important than ever to get outside and walk around or pick up a yoga routine to stretch your legs.
3. Taking care of your body through external treatments
We know that this can sound confusing, but just follow along. Face masks, massages, and sauna are all external treatments you can use to take care of your body. These treatments might also improve your physical health. What you are aiming to do is to give importance to yourself, and develop the habit of spending time to take care of yourself. We started the article by talking about how much we sacrifice our health and serenity to pursue something, and we discuss how bad this practice is, especially if done continuously.
By taking time to take care of yourself, you are shifting the focus on you to rebalance yourself, remember “mens sana in corpore sano.”
To conclude, let’s go through all the main points of this article and sum them up.
- Taking care of your body can be a very powerful tool to boost personal connection while tackling a totally different area of your life.
- The whole philosophy behind this is the mantra “mens sana in corpore sano,” and the idea of maintaining balance in your life.
- Even if we are focusing on relationships, this idea will improve all aspects of your life
- Physical health affects your mood, your energy levels, and your stress. All things that are going to heavily influence personal connection.
- Sleeping at least 8 hours a night will make you more energetic and more reactive.
- Exercising regularly will decrease your stress levels and build self-confidence.
- Taking the time to go to the sauna or to take massage is going to shift your attention more to yourself, teaching you that the time spent taking care of yourself is time well spent.
We once could visit our parents to get brunch every weekend, maybe take a hike together. Maybe we would meet up with our best friends at the bar every Friday night to destress. But during the coronavirus pandemic, those are no longer ways we can connect with those closest to us.
Now, it’s more important than ever to keep ourselves physically and emotionally health during social distancing and isolation so we are strong enough to deal with the added efforts necessary to keep our relationships thriving.
Still looking for more inspiration? VP Legacies offers a course called How to Personally Connect in the Midst of a Global Pandemic. This free course will help you not just maintain these relationships with those closest to you, but make them stronger than ever, even if you can’t see each other as often.