We Need Each Other!

Community Versus Isolation: We need each other

By Lori Hudson Bertrand D.C., R.N.

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Face it, the world of hand written letters, calling a friend, picking up the phone and actually being able to talk to someone rather than a voice automated machine is quickly fading.  While new technology has made reaching out to others easier, do you ever feel that the conversation would have been answered more effectively and even efficiently if you were able to talk it through? As we move into a more “hands free, touch free, people free” time, it’s easier to slowly fade into isolation rather than concentrate on community.  Isolation has been linked to many health risks that reek havoc on the body and mind.The connection between social isolation and mental illness dates back to the 1800’s.  In the most severe cases, isolation was used as a means of punishment due to the undeniable effects on the human mind:

Insanity Hallucinations

Altered perception

Impulsivenes

Memory loss

Impaired thinking

Depression

Research has identified that social isolation can be just as detrimental to one’s health as smoking. The risk factors don’t stop there.  Other physiological effects from isolation are:

Coronary heart disease

Obesity

Infection

Depression

Cognitive decline

Decreased life expectancy

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Research is on going between isolation and social interaction.  The impact that social isolation has on mortality is high, increasing one’s risk two to three fold.  Just as isolation can have devastating effects on the body, human interaction and a since of community can promote physiological and psychological well-being.

On the positive side of social interaction: 

Regulates and improves mental clarity, improves the immune system, reduces stress, provides hormonal regulation, lowers the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

In order for the body and mind to thrive effectively and efficiently, human interaction with one another needs to take place.  Here are some ideas:

1.) Lead a life that is geared towards others rather than being self-consumed.

2.) Begin to love those around you and watch how community forms naturally.

3.) Avoid taking the easy way out by simply texting or emailing, but rather call and hear their voice.

4. ) Truly love like you would want to be love.

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So live life to the fullest and remember that social interaction plays a key role in achieving a healthy mind, body and total well-being as you embrace those around you!

DEFINE’s senior instructor and anatomy specialist, Lori Hudson Bertrand D.C., R.N. is a doctor in chiropractic and registered nurse. Her love for helping people and education of anatomy and physiology of the human body drives her to continue to share her experiences and knowledge with others as they peruse their journey towards health and restoration!

Read more of Lori’s articles HERE

 

Photography & Design by Christi Minter, DEFINE body & mind

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