Holistic Health is a combination of Emotions, Body and Mind. Only if all parts are optimal working together you will achieve a strong immune system that is able to maintain your health and fight infections.
The feeling of loneliness can strike at any time and at any age. Going through a divorce, moving to a new town, losing your job, having your kids leave for college or losing a loved one can all trigger the emotion. Or worse, it can be a chronic sensation for people who feel like they can’t connect with others.
Over time, loneliness can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. It has been tied to an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and depression. If you’ve been feeling lonely, a meditation practice may help. A small new study in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity found that seniors who engaged in an eight-week meditation program felt less lonely and lowered levels of inflammation markers, which can be precursors to chronic disease.
For the study, volunteers learned mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), which is based on Buddhist meditation techniques that teach you to live in the moment and acknowledge sensations and thoughts without judging them. By focusing on and accepting the here and now, you learn to avoid rumination and self-criticism — factors that can contribute to stress and loneliness.