4.8 Stress and Isolation

4.8 Stress and Isolation


Hello and welcome to Two for You. In this
episode are going to talk about stress and isolation. We know for our emotional
mental and physical well-being having positive relationships is key to a full
life and a long life. But what happens in times of stress? Right so did you know
that we often talk about the cortisol hormone right that’s activated during
stress, but did you know that oxytocin is also key in stressful times? So really
what happens is you often you want to retreat or be on the couch or kind of
settle in and be alone, but your brain is sending you a signal to say hey I need a
connection in order to increase my well-being. So if oxytocin is kind of
this craving but also being released even when we think we don’t want to get
off the couch, we need to go. Right so your body’s telling you to connect but
what if you’re feeling socially rejected? If your isolation is one that’s
forced on you or it’s one that is the situation calls for I know that feeling
of isolation you may be feeling rejected. And what we’ve learned through research
is that the brain registers that social rejection as physical pain. That’s so
powerful. It is, so if someone’s feeling you know isolated and socially rejected
and physical pain, oh my gosh, what can we do about this
to help us all through these times of stress? Yeah especially when we can’t be
together right. So technology is our friend. We have a few just really
simple tips that sound really simple but in the great part is that means that
we can also do them they’re tangible for many of us right. So the first one is
schedule a virtual coffee. Even when you’re isolated you might still have a
busy schedule but take that time to relax and connect with a friend and get
together like you would at a coffee shop. You can send a quick text and really the
idea here is let’s someone to know I’m thinking of you. It could just be an
emoji something to make them laugh or a different meme. And lastly, create a quick
video, do something funny and then send a challenge back to them so that you
get a video back, as well, that you can laugh at it more than once. So stress in isolation, were wired to be connected.
So make the effort to connect. I recently heard doctors say the fact that even if
we’re all alone if we know that we’re in the situation together and we’re getting
to a better place together that we feel connected. So you do your part as you
live and lead with intention.

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