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At CarePlus, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind. Part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is taking time to focus on your mental well-being – which includes emotional, physical and social-well-being.1 Staying connected with loved ones and friends can help keep your mental well-being in a good place.
There are plenty of ways you can stay connected, be active, and maintain meaningful relationships with others. Here are a few suggestions.
Sometimes, it is okay to not feel your best emotionally and there may be barriers keeping you from being social. CarePlus is mindful about loneliness and social isolation and how it may affect your mental well-being and your health. Some populations are at a higher risk for both. 1
What is loneliness and social isolation?
Loneliness is the feeling of being alone, regardless of your social activities and interactions.
Social isolation is a lack of social connections and can lead to loneliness.1
What are the health risks of loneliness and social isolation?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recent studies have found that:
If you are having feelings of loneliness and social isolation, speak to your doctor about your options. CarePlus also has resources that can help, such as participating in a SilverSneakers activity or a Sharecare Challenge.
1 What is Mental Health. (2022, February 28)Retrieved on April 26, 2022, from Mental Health.Gov, https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health#:~:text=Mental%20health%20includes%20our%20emotional,childhood%20and%20adolescence%20through%20adulthood (link opens in new window)
2 Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions. (2021, April 29). Retrieved on April 26, 2022, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html (link opens in new window)
3 Laughter is the Best Medicine (2021, July). Retrieved April 26,2022, from HelpGuide, https://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm (link opens in new window)
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