Pathways to Wellness

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The Social cure

If loneliness is a problem with social relationships, then the cure must be social.

But first who’s at risk?  Single people, people who have limited mobility or communication challenges due to age or disability, newcomers and recent immigrants, single parent families, people with mental illnesses, and people caring for family members who are seriously ill or dying are all at risk. 

Simple acts of kindness can make a big difference in their lives. Shoveling snow, making a meal, offering to do grocery shopping, spelling off a family caregiver, or helping  someone get to a community event are great ways of reaching out and helping another person feel valued and part of the community. Giving to others is as good for your health as receiving.

Here are some ways  to build stronger and deeper relationships:

  • Make time each day to spend with family
  • Arrange to go out with friends who you haven’t seen for a while
  • Turn off the TV and computer –play a game with your children, or just talk
  • Have lunch with a co-worker, or better still go for walk during lunch hour
  • Visit a friend or family member who needs  support or company
  • Volunteer at your local school, church or community group

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