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#ConnectionChallenge 3x3 no.2

Kate Middleton photo Kate Middleton · 04 Oct, 2020
#ConnectionChallenge 3x3 no.2

Wellbeing. It's about staying well - and the truth is to do that we NEED each other! But of course this time has made connecting with people really tricky. So - in honour of mental health awareness day, 2020, and as part of our #OperationIsolation series, we’re thinking all about connection with our 3x3 step challenges!!

This is No.2 of our 3x3!! - And it’s Connecting with YOURSELF! Because this is harder than you think when times are tough and stressful and just keeping track of what’s changing takes enough of your energy. When your mind is worn out it’s not so easy to connect with your own feelings. So how ARE you? Not sure? Here’s 3 things to try to help you grab a moment with yourself?

Get some space!

When demands feel relentless, there’s no room in your head for anything else. Do you need stuff to stop for a moment? Where can you go or what can you do to escape life’s demands for a bit? Get out of the house for a walk or ride? Curl up somewhere with a book and a cuppa? Draw the curtains, snuggle in bed and put a movie on your laptop? Think about how you can get some undisturbed rest time - and don’t feel guilty about it. This could be the best couple of hours of your whole week because it’s about looking after YOU!


Sometimes there are so many thoughts in our head they get all jumbled up. Or swirl around so much it almost makes you feel dizzy. Need to untangle yours? Getting them out of your head onto paper will help. How you do this is up to you - some people love to just write in a journal. Other’s write something more creatively - poems or stories. Or make lists. Or spreadsheets! Other’s love to draw or colour. Or you might just want to brainstorm and write down all the things you have on your mind right now. Whatever it is, grab some good pens (different colours often help) and give it a go!

Find a Fab Friend

Another thing that can really help us connect with our own thoughts is someone else to bounce them around with. It’s like playing tennis - its hard to get a rally going without someone on the other side of the net! Chatting things over with someone you can be yourself with is like having someone to have a good old knock around with - and it’s amazing how much better you can feel. Even if you’re not a massive talker, why not find someone you can hang out with and try to say at least one thing about how you are feeling right now.


#ConnectionChallenge 3x3 no.1


#ConnectionChallenge 3x3 no.3