Family and home is vital for good health and well being making it more vital to stay connected to our families to the best of our abilities.

Modern times, travel or employment opportunities mean that for many, families are dispersed across the globe. This separates parents from grown up children and grandchildren, and also siblings from each other.

Oftentimes, families at all stages of life, whether it be young families, or older couples, need to manage without the assistance from their extended families due to distance. Some live alone, by choice or circumstance, and may not have easy access to family members. Some are blended families, which can bring new joys and challenges.

We are fortunate to have access to technology these days. Studies show that keeping in close contact with family benefits our health, (assuming healthy relationships).

So even if we live in different towns, states, or countries, we can choose to use email, telephone, Skype calls, or write letters the “old fashioned” way to keep in touch.

I raised my children overseas for eight years of their young lives, without my parents, my brothers, grandparents, aunties or uncles, to assist me. My third child was born in Scotland.

After returning to Australia, I lived in a different state from my parents, brothers, aunties and uncles, nieces and nephews and grandparents. So for me, I have had to rely on friends to be my surrogate family in good times and challenging times. I caught up with my closest family in person usually once a year. Phone calls, emails and letters were used regularly. Now we use Skype so we can see each other as we chat online.

What about our home?

Our home needs to be somewhere that reflects who we are, and our values. It needs to be a place of safety and sanctuary. It needs to provide shelter, warmth and a place to rejuvenate our energy ready for a new day. It is a place we can be ourselves, create, grow and just be.

Yours in wellness,