In today’s world of isolation and the never-ending work-from-home model, it’s no wonder loneliness is the most common emotion worldwide.
Working from home has become the new norm. The world was thrown a curveball, in March of 2019. No one expected it’d change the way we live forever. Commuters now work from home, students learn from home, and even healthcare providers care from home. It brings up the question of what effect this has on our overall well-being?
The journal BMC Public Health released a rapid review of twenty-three papers analyzing data on the impact working from home has on workers’ health. They found 10 health outcomes reported:
- Self reported health
- Quality of life
Consequences of social loneliness
Forbes released a 3-part article series exploring the impact of the Covid-19 syndemic. Part I highlights the impact the pandemic has had on a large number of young adults. Substance abuse has increased as a coping mechanism. Additionally, fear has increased with uncertainty about their future. The more fear instilled in us the more we isolate and the further our health declines.
Journals of Gerontology series b conducted a study analyzing the effects Covid-19 had on older Dutch communities. The article hypothesized consequences to social loneliness by outlining 3 causes.
- Reduction in the frequency of social contact
- Loss of a loved one during and/or from Covid-19 and the weight of bereavement on mental health.
- Pandemic can be perceived at a societal level as a source of stress causing psychological problems.
How do we tackle loneliness when we are led by fear? We know that fear clouds the brain’s ability to think clearly. Fear operates in the region of the brain known as the amygdala. The body endures physical and emotional stressors when we are in a constant state of fear. Stress increases inflammation which in turn increases our risk for chronic illness. Within our soul, when we follow darkness we reflect that from our inner core. This leads us to destination loneliness. Never, has there been a one-way street in science. This one-way route America, and the world, are directing everyone to travel imposes great risk. Where there is a risk, so too should there always be a choice. We can see the impact the one-way street is having on a psychological level across all populations.
Grace will set you free
America symbolizes freedom, hope, and empowerment. Immigrants come to our country to escape the poverty, lack of education, and suppression experienced in their controlled society. We must rise above fear and find love again. But, we must do this without division or absolutes in a single direction. We need varying viewpoints, beliefs, and perspectives. What if we stopped magnifying the wrong in each other and magnified what’s good?
Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. Through grace, we find unconditional love. Ephesians 2:6-10 teaches us that nothing we do could ever earn God’s grace. It’s there for the taking like an open bar. When we fill our tank with love we emit love and raise the vibration around us. Loneliness is the result of placing our well-being in the hands of another human; be it a parent, spouse, friend, or government. No person or entity can fulfill you with everything you need. We must look within ourselves. It’s time to pick up a mirror and get in touch with that force bigger than us.
Grace is present in many religions. But, let’s say you don’t follow a religion. We can define grace as ‘an attractively polite manner of behaving’ and for those who are religious we know grace as a “divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin (Wikipedia).” Religious or not it’s safe to say grace can offer us hope.
Find new life through grace and peel back the lens of fear. Start to see the opportunities that lie ahead. There will always be a force of evil that wants to take over the world. But like we see in every superhero film, good always prevails. The good lies within each one of us. Tap in and lastly, tackle loneliness with grace.