Relationships Play A Vital Role in Disarming Loneliness
"The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved." Mother Teresa
Isolation and loneliness are detrimental to our well-being. We were not created to live in isolation. During this time of social isolation, many people are feeling it's harmful effects on their health. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 20% of Americans feel socially isolated and lonely. The ensuing harm to one's health is the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day (HSRA, 2019). This research was compiled before the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. One can only conjecture that these statistics will increase significantly through the remainder of the pandemic.
Community is one of the most powerful and effective ways to treat loneliness. This includes activities, such as regularly connecting with family and friends, group activities, playing with our pets, and peer support groups. Group activities can look like our small group Bible study, participating in group exercises, a painting class, or other special interests. We can make time to walk and talk with our friends in person, jog, run, or even cycle together.