This edition of Hood Health 101 focuses on nurturing the bonds of connectedness.  

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In 2015 things move so fast with little consideration and time for people, places, and things that matter. We have begrudgingly given up our personal relationships for money, jobs, and any other notion that we equate with success. The question becomes at what cost though. We have become so connected virtually that we’ve become more disconnected personally. It is important in this information age that we stay closely bonded through interaction with our loved ones and friends. There are plenty of ideas that can help you turn off, unplug, and connect to those close to you.



Turn Off Your Cell

Someone once said that the greatest gift that you can give a person is your attention. Turn off your cell phones! Take a moment to give your loved ones and friends 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. Sit down with them to talk, smile, and laugh face to face. The moments that you can create big or small could become one of your most cherished memories.


Eat and Be Merry

Food has an amazing way of bringing people together. You know the proverbial big momma that cooked meals that brought entire families together. The idea is the same here. Take the time to sit down and eat with friends and family. Reminisce over good times and laugh over good food.


Disconnect Fully

Social media has given many of us the notion that we are connected more than we just might be. I get it, you can see photos and short videos on the web, but can anything truly replace the beauty of human interaction? The goal is to be creative when creating moments. If you must have a camera, take funny photos of you and your friends or do a funny video together and share it with other friends.


Adventure Jar

Get a jar and place pieces of paper in the jar that have different adventures or things that you would like to do with friends on the paper. Invite your friends over and pick a piece of paper out of the jar and get moving. I think that it would also be cool to encourage your friends to add adventures to the jar as well.


Friendships can be tricky as we all know but taking the time to let your friends know that you care is something that we all should do. These quick suggestions are just the beginning of the adventure that awaits you and your friends when you happen to disconnect. Investing in your connections is important on every level. Remember, you lose what you don’t give time too. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @NakeashaJ and on Instagram @Melanated_Beauty.