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Prairie Faith Parish Nurse Ministry News--

June 2020

 

Body                          Mind                       Spirit

      America's loneliness epidemic is getting worse, with three in five adults (61%) reporting they are lonely, a seven percentage-point increase from 2018, according to Cigna’s 2020 Loneliness Index released in January 2020. Loneliness is not necessarily about being alone;

instead, it’s more the perception of feeling alone and isolated. A person

can feel lonely even when they live with others or when they are with a

group of people.  

     Feelings of loneliness cross the lifespan—with younger adults (18-22)

reporting more lonely feelings than older adults report. The study found

that social media can have a major impact on loneliness with very heavy

social media users significantly more likely to feel alone, isolated, left

out, and without companionship. It was noted that remote workers are

more likely than non-remote workers to always or sometimes feel alone,

which is significant with many people working from home the past few

months.  

     Other situations that may cause a person to feel lonely include physical isolation such as being homebound or moving to a new location, divorce, the death of someone significant in a person's life, depression, lack of self-confidence, or a stressful personal situation, to name a few.

     Research is revealing that prolonged loneliness can affect our physical and mental health by increasing our risk for:

  • Increased stress levels

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

  • Depression and suicide

  • Antisocial behavior

  • Poor decision-making

  • Decreased memory and learning

  • Cardiovascular disease and stroke

  • The progression of Alzheimer's disease

  • Altered brain function

  • Altered immune function

  • Poor sleep and daytime fatigue

  • Premature aging 

What does this mean for us…as the church, as neighbors, as family and as friends? I believe God asks us to heal each other’s loneliness. God has designed us for relationship--relationship with himself, and relationship with other people. The same God who said “Let us make mankind in our own image, in our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26) exists in community – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To be made in God’s image is to be made for relationship. Real relationships take time, attentiveness, genuineness, patience and love.

     So…. call a friend that you haven’t spoken with recently and check on how they are doing—and really listen. Regularly write and mail a short note of caring to others in the community. Go and visit someone in person. Share some of your time as a volunteer in the community. Say hello to a stranger—the cashier at the store, a person you meet on the sidewalk, a new neighbor. If you feel lonely, reach out to someone that you trust, and share what you are experiencing with them—you may find a kindred spirit!

 

We may sometimes hear conflicting views in the news about various aspects of COVID-19, such as the effectiveness of masks in preventing illness, exactly how/when can someone spread the virus, how many people should be together in a group, etc., but these long-recommended practices listed below do help to decrease the spread not only of COVID-19, but of many different infections, including colds, influenza, vomiting and diarrhea, etc. and they are easy to follow:

 

 

 

Please remember these guidelines year-round to protect yourself and others! 

1.  Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

2.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer  when no soap/water is available. 

3.  Avoid touching your face—eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 

4.  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue—then throw in trash; or cough/sneeze into    your elbow. 

5.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

6.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


A big “Thank you” to Gail Jensen for sewing fabric masks for PFSM parishioners who don’t have one (there is no cost to you). Masks will be available at each church for optional use during worship and to then take home for your use during the week. If you are not currently comfortable attending worship, but would like a mask for use in the community, contact Nancy and we will get one to you at home! Check the May parish nurse news to review safe use of masks.

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