Loneliness and your heart
Let's talk about our hearts, specifically broken heart syndrome. I always find this is a topic that people are fascinated with because the title of the article is always,
"Can you really die of a broken heart," right? And people want to know.
It is when someone is overwhelmed, usually by something not good. It's this huge outpouring of adrenaline,
and it's a stun gun to the heart. And it looks like a heart attack. It looks and acts like a heart attack,
but the enzyme levels don't go up very much. If you do angios on these people, they're relatively normal, and it just
takes time for the heart to get back to normal. Sometimes there's this like severe depression and almost like you stop--
you don't have the will to live. You don't have the will to go on. There's nothing driving you, that the pain is so intense that your body just sort of shuts down.
I have seen a few people where this has happened, and it's been spouses in my personal experience, spouses who have been together for a very long time.
One of them passing, the other one just really didn't have a lot of purpose. And so finding that purpose sometimes
can be really helpful, just finding a new purpose, finding something else, another desire. And this is where I highly recommend the village come in.
Where is the family? Where are the friends? Come together, do dinner, do something that's going to just create that community and that connection.
And it's difficult when that person doesn't have that village and that support around them, and so then that might mean going outside, going out
to community resources, finding something, trying to give them some sort of connection so that they have that new will.
And life changes, but it can continue to go on. And then of course, we have all of our mindfulness activities.
And I think this could go for both the good and the bad, calming that nervous system, doing some deep breathing activities,
meditation, things to just help your body relax a little bit and lower those adrenaline levels.
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