Ep 006: Combating the Loneliness Epidemic

Did you know that rates of loneliness have doubled in the United States since the 1980s? Studies show us that greater than 50% of people say no one knows them well, and 40% of people report isolation or feeling that their relationships are not meaningful. Worse yet, these feelings are harmful to our health, and as physicians, we face unique situations that make us even more susceptible to this growing problem.

In this episode, I explain how loneliness affects physicians in particular, and what must be done to address and proactively fight against it. Listen in to learn what is contributing to this growing issue, how feeling lonely harms our health, and what we can all do to combat the loneliness epidemic.

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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • What is causing the increasing rates of loneliness.
  • Why loneliness is bad for our health.
  • How loneliness affects our performance at work.
  • What makes physicians more likely to feel lonely.
  • Who should take responsibility to fix the loneliness epidemic in the physician world.
  • What we can do to combat loneliness.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

Baby steps to connect in meaningful ways add up. - @KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet Building strong, authentic emotional connections with our physician colleagues will go far in improving physician wellness, especially in today’s workplace. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet The bottom line is that loneliness affects our health and our work. If we want to be excellent physicians and happy human beings, we need to take steps to avoid or decrease loneliness. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet

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