This article comes from Healthy Families BC.
Connect with the people around you – with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours – at home, work, school or in your community. Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. These connections will support and enrich you every day.
Actions you can take:
Volunteer in your community.
Take part in activities or committees at work.
Check out your local cultural centres and get involved with cultural activities, dance, events and music.
Join a team, club, society or organization that has meaning for you. Try crafts, sports, music, book clubs, travel, games or outdoor activities – just to name a few.
Host a potluck lunch at work or a dinner in your neighborhood.
Practice smiling at strangers – you may be surprised at the smiles you get back!
Start a joke collection and share with friends.
Read your local newspaper or bulletin board in a community centre or store to find out what is happening in your neighbourhood.
Disconnect from screens – play cards or try a board game instead.
Learn more about other views of connectedness and spirituality in your community.
In this short 3-minute video, Doctor Mike Evans shares how exercise helps you be more productive so you can actually get more done during your day.
Ask a group of parents or grandparents what they did for fun when they were growing up, and where they were when they were doing it.
Compare their answers with the activities of today’s kids. You’ll probably find that, unlike previous generations, childhood memories today are mostly made indoors, away from nature, and dominated by screen time.
Many kids are growing up in urban environments and many aren’t moving enough. When we live without “Vitamin N” (the “N” is for nature) and experience nature-deficit disorder we don’t live well. Plus, playing outside is an important way for kids to develop movement skills.
But more and more parents struggle with getting kids outdoors at all times of the year. Click here to learn 18 proven tricks that will get them outside and playing.