What does connection do for our mental health?



“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

Brené Brown


More now than ever we are all craving human connection.


We are all being careful to keep our bubbles small during these unprecedented times during the pandemic. But as we limit ourselves with who we see and spend time with we lack much of the human connection that we so desire.


At Rise.Run.Retreat. we are so thankful that we have found new ways to keep and make new connections with you through our Virtual Running Retreats and our online community. We are also hopeful that in 2021 we will be able to bring you our in person fall retreat.


Connection is an important part of mental health. Social isolation and loneliness can have a great impact on our mental health.


According to Stanford Medicine,”People who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety and depression. Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, greater empathy for others, are more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. In other words, social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.”



Relationships and connections with others can help to provide you with a sense of belonging and purpose.


We all seek to belong to something. To be part of a group. To find people who share similar values and dreams.


Running is a great connector. To be a runner all you need is a pair of running shoes, a positive mindset, and a willingness to challenge yourself a little. As runners we develop a similar language, a vocabulary for all things running, goals that we can share, triumphs and failures that bring us closer together as we share our stories and find commonalities.


Today we are lucky because even in isolation and the times of social distancing we have the technology to maintain and build connections within our running community. We have apps like Strava and Garmin Connect where we can share our latest runs, we have facebook groups where we share everything running when others may not be as excited about our latest running shoe purchase, we have access to Virtual Running retreats like Rise.Run.Retreat. where we can meet and become friends with other women runners and be inspired by influential members of the running community. We can set up Zooms and group Facetimes with our communities. We have a means to stay connected!




What are some of the ways that you are staying connected with others right now?


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