Do you feel like you could die from your broken heart? Studies have shown that loneliness and social isolation can trigger heart disease, stress on your body and mind. The researchers suggest engaging in some casual social activities at least once a week to lighten some of your burden from loneliness.
Widows have to be careful that they don’t become too suspicious of the outside world. I know it can be scary to be on your own, but having a cynical attitude may lead to premature death. Cynics tend to rely less on others and try to do everything alone, leading to increase stress, less doctor visits and a very small world.
The human mind is wired to share with others. Researchers tell us that warm, supportive relationships are like a dose of good medicine. Widows need to plan on friendships, plan time for it and places to meet up. Human relationships are the most important thing in our lives.
Widows need friends who will listen to them, encourage their journey and support them emotionally. No one can do it alone, so take care of yourself and keep lots of friends around who will give you a boost while you’re grieving.
And as a last note, if you don’t have these kind of friends then make it your mission to reach out to others and be that kind of friend for them. In doing for others, we often get back just what we need for ourselves.