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Loneliness is an Illness which Can be Healed

We All Need People.

“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” – Pearl S. Buck

To keep us mentally and physically healthy we need to engage in mentally stimulating activities – do things that make us think, question, learn, err, understand, feel, develop, and LAUGH. Such activities include physical exercise, getting enough (but not too much) sleep, eating healthy food, minimizing stress, and, probably most important of all, connecting and interacting with other people.

Living a socially active and rich life develops our brain and our personality, and is vital for our well-being. Learning to interact socially is especially important for people coping with mental illness who often live isolated and lonely lives. Talking to friends and engaging in activities together helps us share and overcome fears, learn more about ourselves, acquire new skills, get new perspectives, and realize that we are not (coping) alone. Friends motivate us and make us feel loved and needed. Friends also make us feel miserable, which teaches us to say no and draw lines.

Here are some helpful tips on how to improve your social life and get to know people.

Walking Backwards

I have started walking backwards wherever possible. This might bring a big question mark to your face but walking backwards has proven health benefits for brain and body:

Mental benefits

  • enhanced sense of body awareness
  • increased body coordination and movement in space
  • helps avoid workout boredom
  • improves overall mood
  • helps with sleep cycles
  • motivates you to step outside your comfort zone
  • keeps your mind guessing
  • sharpens your thinking skills and enhances cognitive control
  • puts senses into overdrive, improving vision

Body benefits

  • increases strength in lesser-used leg muscles
  • helps rehabilitate knee injuries
  • improves walking technique and form
  • helps with balance
  • burns calories
  • helps you maintain a healthy weight
  • strengthens bones and muscles
  • boosts energy levels
  • elevates body’s metabolism

Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/walking-backwards

Disclaimer: The content of this post is based on personal experience. Please advise with a health or fitness professional before beginning any new physical activity.

More on backward walking:

Stimulate your Fitness IQ by walking backward

Walking backwards: Benefits and how to start

Walking backward reaps big health benefits

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Picture Credit: Weird Workouts: Treadmill Variations for Fitness Gains

Small Piece of Plastic

Israeli invention to save millions of lives. Bloodless and painless circumcision for adult males to reduce HIV infections by 60%-70%. Tzameret Fuerst, Co-Founder and CEO, presents PrePex before an audience of 13,000 participants in Washington DC, March 2013.

What a woman! Listen to her inspiring talk ( only six minutes) : 70% Less HIV in Africa

PrePex is the first and only device for non-surgical adult male circumcision for HIV prevention in resource limited settings. http://www.prepex.com

More info:

1) The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/hea…

2) BBC World News:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio…

3) The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/hea…

4) Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention:
An important aggregator of global scientific evidence on the subject matter. The site is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by the United Nations (UNAIDS) with evidence provided by the World Health Organization, universities and global public health authorities. Reviewers that include Harvard University & John Hopkins University. http://www.malecircumcision.org

 

PrePex
Photo and Graphics: Yuval Baruchman

In the desert, you can remember …

“In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain”
(And no noisy and flashy distractions or temptations.)

Sleepy weekend afternoon.
A gathering of friends.
A two-hour ride away from Tel-Aviv.

Peaceful quiet outside.
Sandy soft yet bright light.
A warm-dry breeze caressing body and soul.

Disturbing political issues seem far away…

“…
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
And the sky with no clouds
The heat was hot and the ground was dry
But the air was full of sound

I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain”
America, A Horse with No Name – Lyrics and Explanation