Now that the clock has changed and the evenings are darker, I wonder if the epidemic of loneliness spikes at this time of the year?
Loneliness is becoming an epidemic in our country. As adults, teens, and children spend more time on their mobile phones, in the solace of their bedrooms, could this form of socializing on social media sites be deemed “artificial”?
Loneliness is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression and cognitive decline. Particularly at risk are those who have lost a loved one, separation from friends/family during a transition such as college or a move, loss of mobility or transportation.
This holiday season, consider those around you in need of community and meaningful connection. It can be a tough time of the year particularly for those who feel lonely.
Conversely, those who live with purpose and engage in meaningful activities have better moods and sense of well-being. Encourage your loved ones to put down those phones and volunteer or reach out to your neighbors or engage in a new sport/hobby.
Looking for a new sport or hobby? Join Peaceful Minds Wellness Center, a place for community as well as mindfulness exercises, set to open January, 2020.
From Misha Martin, MD
Pediatrician and Nature Healer
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
All good things are wild, and free.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.