YOUR MINUTE WITH DR. KRISSY DOYLE-THOMAS MEDICAL NEUROSCIENTIST and PROFESSOR
TODAY’S TOPIC: ISOLATION IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Here is the reality – you need to do life WITH someone you trust. This could be a neighbor, a friend, a mentor, or a spiritual adviser. In stressful situations our brain responds to social support.
The release of oxytocin, our brain chemical, promotes our defence against stress.
Oxytocin is activated during positive interactions with someone you trust who is your support system. This interaction is very important for resilience.
👉🏾👉🏾👉🏾👉🏾 Research shows that in general, individuals who are more firmly embedded in social relationships are healthier than those with relatively thin social ties 👈🏾👈🏾👈🏾👈🏾
👉🏾👉🏾👉🏾👉🏾 In fact, research suggests that social bonds have a larger effect on mental health than that of other lifestyle choices such as exercise, diet or smoking status 👈🏾👈🏾👈🏾👈🏾
So when you are having a hard time, DO NOT isolate yourself.
Find a trusted person to support you, and if you need more support do not hesitate to speak with a therapist. We were meant to do life together.
I hope this helps. Take care.