Did you know that there is something called “Touch Starvation” which can lead to depression?
The quote below is from an article entitled “Touch starvation is a consequence of COVID-19’s physical distancing” written by Shanley Pierce, published May 15, 2020 by Texas Medical Center.
“Touch starvation increases stress, depression and anxiety, triggering a cascade of negative physiological effects. The body releases the hormone cortisol as a response to stress, activating the body’s “flight-or-fight” response. This can increase heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and muscle tension, and can suppress the digestive system and immune system—increasing the risk of infection.”
Did you know that confinement away from social interaction can be considered a form of torture and can lead to depression?
This is a quote from an article entitled “United States: prolonged solitary confinement amounts to psychological torture, says UN expert” published by United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.
“The severe and often irreparable psychological and physical consequences of solitary confinement and social exclusion are well documented and can range from progressively severe forms of anxiety, stress, and depression to cognitive impairment and suicidal tendencies.”
Now, I’m not bring these things up to make you mad or stress you out. I’m bringing up these points because I think it’s important for us to recognize that the feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress that many, if not most of us, are experience these days can actually be overcome by something God designed us to given and receive.
You see God wired us to be relational, to touch, to talk, to see each other’s facial expression, to interact in a way that gives health. So, maybe it’s time for us to start focusing on keeping ourselves healthy in all ways, and in ways that actually work.
Challenge: Mental health is just as important if not far more important than physical health. So please, when making decisions about your health, don’t forget to value and pursue what is healthy for you: mind, body, and soul.
2Ti 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”