by Jessie Booth

In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, it’s easy to lose sight of the profound impact that connection has on our well-being. We often find ourselves caught in the currents of stress, loneliness and overwhelm, searching for solace and a way to alleviate our suffering. Yet, hidden within the depths of our human experience lies a simple yet potent antidote: connection. This fundamental concept holds the key to unlocking a more harmonious existence – not just with others, but also with ourselves and the environment we inhabit.

1. Connection to Self

In everyday life it is easy to slip into self-criticism and low self-esteem. Our self-talk can often become negative and just straight up mean. This is where the journey of connection must begin. Our inner thoughts and emotions carry profound power over our capacity and beliefs. Taking the time to connect with ourselves allows us to acknowledge our feelings, understand our needs, and chart a more positive path towards personal growth and compassion.

Practice: Set aside a few minutes each week for journaling. Notice the tone of how you speak to yourself. Reflect on your experiences, goals, and challenges. Would you speak this way to a friend? Be kind and find three things you did well and are grateful for. This practice cultivates self-awareness and helps foster positive connection with your inner self.

2. Connection to Others

Human beings are inherently social creatures, and the connections we forge with others are the threads that weave the intricate fabric of our lives. In our modern world, the threads of community have frayed, leaving us grappling with isolation and loneliness. Our connections to others have become superficial and sparce. Rekindling and nourishing these bonds can be transformative.

Practice: Reach out to someone you’ve been thinking about. Send a heartfelt message, share a memory, or simply let them know you care. These small gestures can strengthen bonds and remind us of the power of human connection.

3. Connection to Environment

So much of our time is spent living on the world around us, not in it. Amid the hustle of urban life, our connection to the environment often withers. Yet when noticed, this connection is an anchor that grounds us and offers moments of peace and calm. By immersing yourself in the present moment and embracing what’s around you, you create a bridge between your inner self and the external universe. This connection to the environment offers solace, perspective, and a gentle reminder of the interconnectedness of all living beings.

Practice: Step outside and take a deep breath. Notice the weather, sunlight and breeze. Listen to the sounds, and observe the world around you. Even a few moments of mindfulness in your environment can rekindle your connection to place and offer a sense of peace.

In the pursuit of a fulfilling and balanced life, seeing wellness through the lens of connection can be useful. By nurturing connections with ourselves, others, and our environment, we unlock a powerful tool for alleviating distress, fostering resilience, and experiencing greater overall well-being. As we embrace the journey of self-discovery and human interaction, let us remember that each act of connection is a step towards healing, both individually and collectively. So, take a moment today to journal your thoughts, reach out to a friend, or revel in the beauty of nature—because in these simple acts, we find the antidote to many of our human sufferings.

Novoa’s Psychologist Jessie Booth is now available once a week. For all bookings and enquiries please email