[ A collaboration post with Day Translations – all thoughts are my own.]
How to feel connected to the world?
Even before stay-at-home orders and social-distancing guidelines were put into place, the act of connecting was tricky. For me, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my connections during this time. I’ve had moments when I’ve gotten the chance to speak with people I don’t normally keep in touch with. I’ve had insightful conversations with friends about current events. There have been moments of fun when helping my mom with Zoom. But I also feel so disconnected from the world and the people in my life. There have been communication problems and distancing from some people.
Before this, your life might have been extremely busy, so it was tough to schedule a time to see friends and family or even take a moment to yourself. And while technology has made it easier for us to communicate with each other, it also prevents us from truly staying engaged at the moment.
But now, months into quarantine, you might have learned a lot about how you stay connected with others. And it doesn’t end at your connections with others. Whether you’re quarantining alone or not, you’ve probably had a lot of time with just yourself. I am still actively seeking new ways to stay connected with myself and others because if there’s anything I’ve learned from these last couple of months, it’s that connection is so important to our well-being. Maybe you’re feeling the same way. I’d also love to hear of any tips you might have, too, so leave a comment below.
Have a “Me” day
After quitting my 9 to 5 job in 2020, I started to take care of myself more often. At first, I only care about my outside appearance: body treatment, hair treatment, facial, etc. Then when starting my blog, I start feeling pressure and stress. It can be so easy to get caught up with whatever you’re doing, especially if you’re juggling a lot of things while working from home. It was so bad at the point I forgot to take a day off.
After a while, I make an effort to take some breaks throughout the day and check-in with myself and my emotions. I do the things that make me happy. I hang out with my friend, visit bookstores and zoos, read more translation books, even take a nap. Everyone needs a mental health day every now and then.
By not giving yourself a “me” day and finding a connection to your own body, it could be hard to expect that from others or to put enough effort into your relationship. Prioritize time to work on yourself, and that distance will probably go away.
Focus on good communication
For some people, it can be difficult to connect with strangers, and with social-distancing guidelines, it’ll be tough. Often times poor communication can create distance within our relationships, and cause us the feel unloved. We are often so busy with ourselves that we are barely listening to what our friends are saying.
Pay attention to what they’re saying, listen with your whole body, and be available to your partner so you can connect from a heartfelt place. A small act of kindness can go a long way and make a difference in someone’s day. I’d more than grateful when my friend is available and listening to what I’m saying because that way I feel better.
Join A Group
It might be hard to meet in person right now, but that’s where the digital world comes in handy. I joined several translator groups to connect with people from other countries and find available projects to apply for. Once through the group, I was offered to help with conference interpreting! That’s amazing!
If you want to get more involved in your community, you can join a group on Facebook that shares your interest and goals. It’s a great way to meet new people and has more purpose.
With so much going on between work, social obligations, and much-needed “me” time, it’s understandable to feel a bit lost at times. By finding ways to feel connected to the world, you’ll boost confidence and happiness for greater health and satisfaction. So, what do you usually do to feel connected to the world?