Every year on the third Monday of January, we aim to change the narrative from the myth of Blue Monday to Brew Monday. A day for encouraging conversations and connections over a very British pastime…a cuppa.
The importance of connection can sometimes be underrated. It can seem too simple or, at times, too difficult. But there are many benefits including:
- Improved emotional wellbeing
- Stress reduction
- Increased self-esteem
- Improved communication skills
- Building and maintaining resilience
- Greater sense of belonging and purpose
- Overall health
Why not grab a cuppa and do something today to connect with others, nature, or an activity you enjoy?
Here are some ideas for building and strengthening a sense of connection:
- Regularly check-in with friends and family – put reminders in your calendar to call or text someone or put a regular date in the diary to meet for coffee.
- Join a group – book clubs, sports teams or voluntary groups can be a great way to meet new people with similar interests.
- Be a good listener – actively listen, show interest in others and engage in meaningful conversations.
- Show appreciation – make sure you take time to let the people you value know you appreciate them. Simple acts can strengthen your connection.
- Plan or host a tea or coffee morning – a coffee morning can be a great way to encourage social interaction at work, school, with friends or in your community.
- Find appreciation in nature – go for a walk around the local park, plant and grow something, take photographs, visit a nature reserve, do some stargazing.
If there’s someone you’re worried about but you’re not sure what signs to look for or are concerned about saying or doing the wrong thing, grab a cuppa and take our FREE online suicide awareness training.