I might have a small one, but the one I have is more than I could have ever asked for: My family
Working with patients that suffer from many kinds of mental illness has shown me more than ever before the importance of family or social contacts in general for our mental health. Long did it take for me to truly understand: We are social creatures! We used to spend all our wake time with the people we most cared about. That has been true for most humans that have lived on this earth.
What about us though? Our generation? We sit at desks, in trains, move away from family and friends for jobs to cities we know nobody, many people live by themselves, eat alone, sleep alone .... Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with loving and enjoying some alone time (I love it) but our souls bloom through relationships with others. Face to face contact with our loved ones has so many healing affects on our brains and bodies. Reality is: Many people are missing out on these important functions on a regular basis due to modern industrial culture. Everybody keeps telling us: Go find a good job, make more money, work long hours, take that internship 1000 miles away, move where your job takes you... I too often found myself soaked up in this toxic swirl.
Far too often my patients are socially isolated and run after goals (like more money, more power..) that lead nowhere happy or confident or healthy. I am one of the lucky ones realizing this before it’s too late. That’s why I share this: Go out and spent time with your loved ones, care for friendships, find new friends, leave toxic relationships behind ...
Go and love and laugh and share and be mentally healthy! All that money or power or influence won’t help you when you most need it.
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