How Can We Stay Connected When Socially Distanced?

This webinar examines the ways in which we stay connected when socially distanced, exploring our fundamental need for social connection and its contribution to wellbeing. Deborah Hulme and Jennie Flower consider ways in which we can stay connected whilst in isolation or when working from home.

Proactive effort is required to actively engage in activities that have positive impacts on our minds and body. By viewing this recording, participants will gain insights into 3 simple things to keep in mind which we explore in much more detail:

  1. Look after ourselves
    Physical activity benefits the brain structure and function and overall wellbeing. It also reduces stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Staying physically active positively affects the structure and function of a number of brain regions and increases the production of ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters such as Seratonin.
  2. Manage our thoughts
    Our brain is highly plastic and what we think, feel and do changes the physical structure of the brain and the function of different brain circuits. The brain circuits supporting positive emotion and rewards are remarkably malleable, we have the amazing ability to reshape our brains to change our mindsets and to improve wellbeing.
  3. Stay connected
    We are a social species and share a strong need to interact. When this is lacking we feel more unsafe and threatened. It is so critical to us that we developed larger brains and complex neural networks to be able to understand other people and predict their intentions. Lack of interaction has a negative impact on brain health and wellbeing.

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