When you are constantly working, emptiness is the space that takes over when you stop distracting yourself. It is what you wake up to in the morning and is the last thing that happens before you fall asleep. It’s the fundamental state you return to when you stop doing stuff. When emptiness comes to your attention, you’ll start feeling empty. It is this emptiness that often leads to loneliness, in spite of having everyone around. In November last year, a study conducted by a team of researchers, including University of Chicago psychologist and leading loneliness expert John Cacioppo linked loneliness to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s and a faster spread of cancer. The study also proved that feeling lonely can increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 per cent. The findings showed that being cut off from others triggered higher levels of the fight-or-flight hormone, norepinephrine, which weakens our ability to fight viruses and makes us prone to heart attacks or strokes.
So, what are the simple changes that you can do to avoid that emptiness. Dr. Prerna Kohli, a Clinical Psychologist, who offers lectures that focus on Life balance, self-awareness and inner peace, gives us some tips.
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