Hey! – Rob here
Your Daily Health Fix today is about …
The link between longevity and social connection
A sad truth:
People who are socially isolated tend to die younger. An estimated 15% younger or 7-10 years. They are more likely to suffer metabolic disease, have heart complications or mental health problems.
How it happened?
Whilst the above statement is true, that isn’t to say that loneliness alone is a cause of early death. More likely, is that the habits of isolated people are often compensatory for the hole in their lives.
It is clear however that the breakdown of traditional society (tribes or communities), along with the advent of social media, has led to more and more people of every generation being ever more connected yet never more alone.
What the Psychologists say:
One of biggest problems of social isolation aside from simply feeling alone is having no-one to lean on. That may be active in so far as discussing a challenge or dilemma with another person, or passive in the form of role models, guiding forces, and sources of information.
Additionally, missing out on the endorphin boost of group activities, along with the stress relieving hormonal effect of physical intimacy, may also contribute to the onset of depression, greater anxiety and stress – often negatively impacting blood pressure.
Try something different:
Quite literally – try something different.
Unfortunately one of the knock on effects of isolation is lacking enthusiasm to start something new. So if you’re feeling isolated, find a random activity (however disinterested you may be) (or resurrect a past hobby if there’s something you miss doing), and book in, or head out to do it immediately. Break the cycle before you’ve had chance for the less enthused voice in your head to tell you to stay home.
If you know someone in this position, why not invite them to join you in something new? You might have just helped them improve their health odds with one single gesture.
. . . That’s it for this dose,
Until the next time – Stay Motivated!💪🏼
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