Over 18 Ways to Take Care of Your Soul and Support Others

One of them is listening to music with your heart

Carolyn Riker
Age of Empathy

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Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

This December I’m feeling extra prickly. I’m more tired and bear-like than usual. I crave hibernating. By the end of the day, I can barely keep my eyes open.

Then I read these words by Jeff Brown:

“May we always find a sliver of light when we need it most. May we support each other in shamelessly sharing our inner worlds so that no one suffers alone. And may we give each other a little bit of our own light when we have some to spare. Surely there is enough light to go around.”

And I thought — wow. Without a doubt, this year the world at large feels draining and extra lonely. Our sense of normal isn’t here. Which led me to reflect on how much I value connections with friends and family.

Researchers have found that being in isolation, while it keeps us safer from COVID-19, can lead to loneliness. Not surprisingly, loneliness has a number of risk factors such as: insomnia, depression, increased inflammation, and stress.

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Carolyn Riker
Age of Empathy

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