Connection to self

Spending time introspectively, on such activities as mindfulness meditation or journaling, can strengthen your relationship with yourself. This way you can maintain your sense of identity and purpose in the face of challenges. Our ability to respond to challenging situations is enhanced when we are aware of our thoughts and emotions. A strong sense of self-knowledge helps us to recognize our strengths and weaknesses, and leverage them effectively in the face of adversity. The ability to connect with one's inner self serves as an anchor during difficult times, providing stability and strength that allows individuals to bounce back from setbacks, being more resilient than before.

Connection to others

Human connection is an incredibly powerful force that often goes underestimated. Whether it be a moment of laughter with friends, a heartfelt conversation with a loved one, or even sharing vulnerabilities and struggles with others, these connections have the ability to cultivate resilience within us. In the face of adversity and stress, our ability to navigate challenging situations relies heavily on the support and understanding we receive from those around us.

Connection in organization

Some people say they don't make friends at work. At NGOs, the situation is a bit different, because the organizations were often formed around the sense of friendship and fighting together for a common cause. When an organization grows, leaders often don't really know how to handle relationships. It's time for a shift in work culture, as not everyone is interested in being friends. It doesn't mean they can't be connected, though. We need to consciously build trust and shape the organizational culture to allow for relationships that also take into account that activists are human beings.

To build resilience within ourselves and within our communities, it is imperative that we embrace the power of human connection.

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