One of the factors that contributes most to cultural stress is isolation. We all have busy schedules, but taking the time to reconnect with your family or loved ones is one of the healthiest things you can do – and it can play a key role in reducing stress.
An insight that I like to share with patients who love their family members but have simply not carved out any quality time with them is, “Surround yourself with happiness.”
While it is important to make time for yourself as well, being surrounded by family or close friends in a happy setting has proven healing and stress reducing effects.
If you place yourself in a happy environment, you are much more likely to experience happiness yourself.
It’s worth considering the importance of connecting with those you hold dear – and not just on holidays and special occasions.
A few other insights to consider:
- “Heal yourself, reduce isolation.”
- “Share your love.”
- “Bear hugs keep the doctor away.”
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.