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Brookhaven Retreat Blog - For inspiration, growth & a fresh perspective.

Unlocking Mental Health—Gardening

A Girl and Her Father

A Girl and Her Father

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Contemplation

Sore Throat Solutions

Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Broccolini Flounder Bake

The Reality of Sexual Assault

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

More Than Cute

Mental Health Wellness Week

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Addicted to Food

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

What Is Self Care?

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Helping One Another

Helping One Another

Mental Illness Awareness

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unconditional Worth

Unconditional Worth

Empowering or Disheartening?

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Coping with Anger

Art in the News

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Prep

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Alone Time

Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The Arms of Irony

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

The Necessity of Silence

The Necessity of Silence

Recovery

Recovery

Service with Style

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Family Illness And The Dog

The Social Media Phenomenon

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Know Who You Are

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula

Music—It’s More Than Noise

How To Live Longer and Happier

Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00  by Emily S.

The October issue of the journal, “What The Doctors Don’t Tell You”, listed the six things we can do to extend our lifespan. In the middle of the list we have the obvious habits such as exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Toward the bottom of the list they mention taking blood pressure medicine, and as we creep to the top we have cutting back on smoking to improve our life by 52 percent and refraining from alcohol to live longer by 32 percent. However, the number 1 most effective lifestyle habit that extends our lifespan is nurturing our social wellness, with a whopping 62 percent improvement.

Social wellness is a key component of our holistic wellness. Without it, our physical, emotional and mental health suffers. It seems like the idealistic medicine - spend time with your friends, meet new people and join a club to extend your life; but for women with mood disorders and substance abuse issues, social interaction can be a nightmare. Social anxiety, depression, PTSD, or addictions often cause women to isolate from loved ones and neglect positive relationships. They may feel being around others and putting on a “happy face” is too difficult, or maybe they are embarrassed and want to avoid the painful stigma associated with mental illness.

The importance of social interaction was kept hidden for years, up until people noticed that children in orphanages who had little to no social contact were dying suddenly with no link to age or health risks. This prompted changes in the manner of which children in childcare were treated and nurtured, and it began a series of scientific studies proving a connection to good social health and a long life. A number of years later, Bringham Young University explored numerous research studies that involved the observance of 308,849 people that were watched for 7.5 years. The results were overwhelming. Researchers were blown away by the significant role social health, spending time with loved ones and interacting with others, played in expanding our lifespan.

It is important that women who struggle with mental health issues, addiction or substance abuse, feel supported by those around them. Brookhaven Retreat offers an environment that is conducive to nurturing social wellness. We are a close knit, female-only community that encourages women to build close friendships and relate to those who are struggling with similar issues. The bonds that are formed during treatment often last a lifetime; and with this strong support system, women build self-confidence, avoid isolation and may ultimately live a longer and healthier life.

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