Well, it’s official now since WebMD writes about a clinical study that has proven that “talk therapy” combined with exercise can help reduce chronic pain in those suffering from any variety of illnesses involving ongoing daily pain.
Not to undermine this article or WebMD for running it…but I would have thought this conclusion (and the connection between exercising and talking through one’s problems with someone who cares) would be obvious.
I’ve been engaging in it for years.
Exercise every day to strengthen the physical body.
Talk every day to strengthen the emotional/mental body.
I took for granted that everyone knew this RX formula and that everyone took advantage of it.
Then I read another statistic that troubled me.
Most Americans can only cite one good friend in their lives with whom they would share intimate struggles and concerns. One? That’s it?
I found it hard to believe.
I thought about all the wonderful people in my life and I’d be hard-pressed to pick any “one” of them as my sole “friend” to trust and confide in. And I know I’m not the only one.
Still, the statistics reveal that in spite of our society’s connectedness, we are in equal measure, incredibly isolated.
In good times and bad, everyone needs a lively bunch of friends with whom to engage in “talk therapy” and if our lives are missing this essential connection to others…we need to go find some (friends.)
I like Winnie the Pooh’s thoughts on seeking out friends that can talk you down (or out of) trees, trouble, and otherwise terrorizing situations and then stay with you for a while (and walk you through to the other side.)
You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. — Winnie the Pooh