by Turpin Mott
CHIEF COMMUNITY OFFICER
WELLNESS & SELF-CARE · December 22nd, 2020
There’s a basic human need that’s often overlooked because it’s not as obvious as our physical requirements for food, water, or shelter – but it’s essential for our overall well-being. It’s our need for belonging.
The need dates back to our prehistoric ancestors, whose survival depended on group activities like hunting, gathering, and protection. As such, our natural inclination is to seek connections with one another. Our relationships and interactions bring us support, love, and acceptance. They make us feel valued, remind us we’re not alone, and decrease the negative impacts of stress and hardships on our personal wellness.
With a new year in full swing, and the pandemic still keeping many of us apart, we must challenge ourselves to preserve our sense of belonging. To get started, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
After you consider the answers to these questions, find a way to bridge the distance. How you connect is not as important as the act. Here are some actions you might try:
Belonging was, and always has been, necessary for our survival. Over the next few weeks, I will continue to reach out to family and friends who have given me the priceless gift of belonging and love. As we soon open our eyes to a new year, I hope you’ll do the same.
For more resources on empowering yourself and your team, visit the Community Team page on NVA Share here.
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