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Information. Mentorship. Prevention. Action. Community. Team.
Information. Mentorship. Prevention. Action. Community. Team.
We encourage you to make connections.
IMPACT wants to encourage you to connect with yourself, friends, family, and your community.
Each month there will be a way to connect and we encourage you to give it a try or recognize how you do it already.
Let us know about your connection by heading to our contact us page, and we will put your name in a draw to win a prize.
Some facts about connection and why it’s important.
Connection to people, pets, experiences, and ourselves can
boost our mental health and wellness. It can be mutually beneficial when we share a laugh with a friend, a delicious meal with family, play with a pet or help the community. We can also take time for self-connection when we pause to listen to the birds, read a good book or try a new recipe. No matter how we choose to connect we can reap the benefits.
The Canadian Mental Health Association highlighted research that loneliness is on the rise and a lack of
human connection can be more harmful to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. When we engage in social connection anxiety and depression can be reduced, it helps us regulate our emotions, improves self-esteem and empathy, and can help improve our immune systems.
There are times we may not feel like we have time to connect given busy schedules and when we are tired and feeling stressed, we may just want to be on our own. This is the time that we can connect with ourselves through hobbies, take time in nature, go for a walk, or curl up with popcorn and a good comedy. However we choose to refuel, we need to show ourselves the same compassion that we would someone we care about.
IMPACT encourages you to connect with yourself, your friends, your family, and your community. Each month there is a different way to make a connection, and for April, the focus is on volunteering!
Volunteering is any act of giving your time with the purpose of supporting and strengthening others’ quality of life or the overall community. In addition to the valuable contribution that volunteering makes to the community, it has also been proven to have many benefits for the individuals engaged in volunteering. These benefits include opportunities to learn new skills, expanded social contacts, reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, decreased feelings of isolation, and a sense of belonging to others and your community.
With busy day-to-day lives, finding the time to dedicate to volunteering can be difficult, but volunteering doesn’t always have to include grueling hours or a long-term commitment. Volunteering can be done in a variety of ways that suit your lifestyle, whether that is traditional methods of volunteering or more non-traditional methods. When you think of volunteering, you may not realize the extensive possibilities that can be included in this role. For example, volunteer your time by putting your crafting skills to the test and challenge yourself to create needed items such as winter items (mittens, toques, scarfs), blankets and stuffed animals to donate to local organizations and shelters. This is one way to volunteer in a non-exhaustive way while still greatly helping those in need (plus crafting can be great for improving your overall health and happiness!). If crafting isn’t your thing, perhaps you would want to try getting involved with local sports teams, a retirement home, or at the library.
While all methods of volunteering are beneficial, it’s important to choose the method that suits your lifestyle best. Before you pick what direction of volunteering you want to go, it can be helpful to spend some time discovering what causes matter most to you, what skills and experiences you have that you want to share, and what your level of commitment and availability are. The right volunteer role can help you find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. No matter how we choose to connect through volunteering, we can all reap the benefits. This April, we encourage you to go ahead and Make An IMPACT With Connection!
IMPACT encourages you to connect with yourself, your friends, your family, and your community. Each month there is a different way to make a connection, and for October, the focus is on Caregivers!
Caregivers, often the unsung heroes in our society, play an essential and invaluable role in the lives of countless individuals. From aiding those with physical or cognitive challenges to offering emotional support and companionship, caregivers contribute significantly to the well-being and quality of life of those they care for.
The bond between caregivers and those they care for is more than just a professional duty; it is often a deep, personal connection built on trust, respect, and empathy. This connection is a two-way street, as both sides benefit from the mutual support and bond it provides. The person receiving care gains not only physical assistance but also emotional solace, knowing that someone genuinely cares about their well-being. For the caregiver, this connection can be equally rewarding. It offers a sense of purpose and fulfilment that comes from making a positive impact on someone’s life. This ongoing, mutual impact of caregivers should stand as a reminder of our shared connection and the importance of helping others during their times of need.
While caregivers provide invaluable support, it is also important to recognize that the nature of their work can be emotionally and physically draining. Caregivers often put the needs of others before their own, which can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue. To continue offering the best care possible, caregivers need their own support networks, including proper self-care and mental health resources.
Are you a caregiver looking for support? Caregivers Alberta offers free, one-on- one caregiver coaching sessions. Whether it’s assistance finding resources, advocating for yourself, or requesting support for your health and well-being, Caregiver Coaches are here to help. For more information, visit: https://www.caregiversalberta.ca/
Let’s nurture a sense of community that benefits us all and creates a more compassionate neighbourhood. This October, we encourage you to go ahead and Make An IMPACT With Connection!