We may find that we have few if any people with whom we can share our true selves or discuss intimate thoughts, fears or experiences. This isolation can result in chronic stress which contributes to deterioration of the body and an increase in blood pressure.
So what can we do?
1. We can reconnect with old friends who “knew us when” and with whom we feel we are our true selves.
2. We can GET OUT and GET GOING and GET CONNECTED in real time with real people. We can get dressed in something that makes us feel great, and go someplace familiar or new, but a place we will likely enjoy, doing something we love, with the idea we will engage with others.
3. We can look for opportunities for face-to-face conversations that stimulate healthy interactivity with others.
4. We can be a vital part of the world by keeping human connections alive.
Friendships remind us that the world is bigger than our individual lives and that we are, in fact, part of a community. They help us live balanced, healthy, engaged, purposeful, meaningful and connected lives. Supportive friendships and other meaningful social connections are linked to longer life spans, improved physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being, healthier living habits, lower blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol, sharper brain activity, and better survival rates after breast cancer and heart disease.
And if that is not enough, think about the power and comfort of having someone to lean on, or being that someone for someone else to lean on, in challenging times.