Connections allow us to thrive and grow. It’s where we have relationships with others, or an object. It can be what we feel most interested in or what we like the most such as sports, music, who we hang out with and how we are with ourselves. 

How does expressing yourself help to create meaningful connections?

You’ll be with you for your whole life and being able to feel comfortable and confident in yourself is crucial. When you feel comfortable and confident in yourself you can express yourself authentically and create meaningful connections.    

Why are we talking about meaningful connection?

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week this week and the theme is “Let’s Connect” so we want to share how to build meaningful connections and show how they can improve your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.

Being able to have meaningful connections can improve your self-esteem, increase confidence, and be able to enjoy the things you do and the people you meet and so on. It allows yourself to have better relationships with others and allows for more acceptance. As well as being able to be the best version of yourself.  

Children’s Mental Health Week 

How can I create meaningful connections?

  • Create a diary, weather that’s in written or video form 

Having a diary allows you to share your thoughts, feelings and what’s happening in your life. It can be a tool for understanding yourself better. It can help you work out  how you truly feel and show you if you are struggling with anything  as sometimes you won’t know until it is right in front of you. 

  • Schedule regular meet-ups with friends and family

Meeting up with friends and family allows you to be able to connect with the people you care about. You don’t have to do anything big, they can just be grabbing a coffee. They are something you can do to enjoy yourself whilst sharing this experience with others.

Connecting with others can bring out the best in you. The people you care about are there through the good and the bad and a support system that you can turn to in times of need. As well as allowing you to spend time away from your day to day life. 

  • Attend therapy sessions 

Therapy sessions are something that can help you find out more about yourself. It can help you connect with yourself in ways you haven’t thought about before. Working through things with another person away from family and friends, allows you to open up about things you wouldn’t normally talk about. You’ll be able to have someone walk alongside you in getting to where you want to be.  

  • Try new things 

Trying new things can allow you to learn about yourself, find new hobbies, new friends and experience things you haven’t before. It allows you to get new skills and find things that are meaningful to you. It allows you to connect with new things and doesn’t allow your life to become stagnant.

  • Do things that you enjoy 

Having things in your life that you enjoy can keep you connected with yourself. It can increase your confidence, allows you to believe in yourself, gets you to be more productive and allows you to grow and learn. 

Overall, meaningful connection can mean different things to different people. You can have meaningful connections in different ways, whether you dress to what makes you more comfortable to grab a coffee with a friend to connect with them.