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Together, we help eachother cope with life's challenges
“Life is difficult, and the sooner you accept this, the better off you will be.” (M. Scott Peck, M.D. “The Road Less Traveled”.) Community helps us cope and grow as we face challenges in our lives. “Even if we are temporarily apart from community, due to travel, illness or other circumstances, we still draw upon the strength that community provides” — Dr. Martin Marty in When True Simplicity is Gained: Finding Spiritual Clarity in a Complex World.
What does current research tell us about the power of community and its ability to support our health and well-being? The research of Bert Uchino, a psychologist at the University of Utah, indicates "The higher the quantity and quality of your relationships, the longer you live".
In the article "Social Networks Matter" from Psychology Today, Juliane Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University did a meta-analysis of data collected from 148 studies looking at the relationship between health and human interaction. Startling conclusions! “People with active social lives were 50% less likely to die of any cause than their nonsocial counterparts. Low levels of social interaction have the same negative effects as smoking 15 cigarettes a day — and even worse effects than being obese or not exercising".
Does this mean you have to be an "extrovert" to benefit from community? Not at all! "Introverts" also can benefit — they just need to pick the appropriate community as well as balance their need for community with their "need-time-alone-to-recharge" requirements.
The extensive research of psychologist Dr. James Pennebaker and colleagues demonstrate significant health benefits when we "give language to the tough events of our lives". Thinking about these events is not enough! We need to give language to the traumas and losses through speaking about them in a setting that is non-judgmental, confidential and supportive. That can mean the "Community of Two" in a personal counseling relationship or a group support setting providing a community experience. Call CWW to learn more about the Pennebaker Writing Techniques. Are you looking for some self-care techniques to help you relax, reduce your stress and even manage chronic pain? Go to MyPainManagement.net for interactive self-instructional modules on Visualization and Imagery, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Research-based Writing Techniques and more.
Are you caring for someone who is ill or is dependent upon you for physical, emotional or financial reasons? Are you a professional caregiver? Caregivers are at increased risk for illness and are in particular need of self-care and community! Call Integrative Therapies North Shore to learn what we can offer to help.
"Once upon a time, before technology and endless years of formal education had made us so smart, and before we became preoccupied with material wealth, we learned what mattered most in our lives by living in communities, intertwined with the people around us. They told us their stories; we told them ours. All the stories were unique, yet ultimately they were all the same. They still are the same. They're about hope and fear, pain and deliverance. They help us make sense of our own lives, give us hope... heal our souls." Carl Hammerschlag M.D. in The Theft of the Spirit: A Journey to Spiritual Healing.
Community begins at home! Eat dinner together with your family — sitting down with no active electronics. Modern technology has the potential to distance us from each other as well as to connect us on many important levels. Use technology wisely!
Make time to work, play and laugh together with your family and friends. Share both joys and sadness. Offer hope to each other and support each other's dreams! Make time for community — it is a choice. The research is clear — this is a choice with many benefits!
Edgar Kahn sums it up in his poem saying "All we have in the here and now is our love for each other, our willingness to forgive one another and our willingness to come to each other's rescue".
Get Started Now!
— Eat dinner with your family
— Contact Integrative Therapies North Shore for a personal plan for
support and community
— Visit our Self-Help" page for community support connections
— Check out www.meetup.com
— Click here to read "The Meeting Place"
from Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen’s Kitchen Table Wisdom
— Read "Social Networks Matter" from Psychology Today.
Integrative Therapies North Shore
910 Skokie Blvd., Suite 211 • Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 400-0100