LONELINESS

A recent Time Health story says there’s nothing wrong with enjoying solitude, but being lonely is another matter.

The story outlined five ways loneliness can be dangerous:

— Elevated cortisol: Loneliness can cause stress, which your body interprets as danger, elevating cortisol. Chronically elevated cortisol can contribute to diseases like diabetes and cancer.

— Chronic inflammation: The story described inflammation as a “systemic release of blood proteins that prep the immune system to deal with danger or injury.” Stress can cause chronic inflammation and several diseases.

— Poor diet: People who live together are more likely to eat together — and put more thought into what they eat.

— Too much alcohol: People are more likely to practice moderation in all things when they’re accountable to someone else.

— Too little exercise: Exercise is one of the most effective ways to address loneliness-related gloom, said Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad in the story.

KIDS’ HEALTH

3 strategies to help your child cope with school issues

Here are three strategies for supporting your child during school from the Virginia Treatment Center for Children.

— Strengthen your lines of communication. Checking in every day can form the foundation to better lines of communication. Talk to your kids about the little stuff and they’ll be more apt to tell you about the big stuff.

— Work with your school district. If your child is showing signs of stress that concern you, don’t be afraid to reach out to their school district. Your child’s teacher may be able to shed light on what’s causing the stress and, if nothing else, can help watch out for your child during the school day.

— Stabilize your home routine. Creating a predictable day plan throughout the school year can provide the foundation children crave and leave them better prepared to deal with the unexpected changes they may face at school.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Teams add mindfulness to workouts

A CNN story says “some of the world’s top athletes are adding mindfulness.” Studies show the practice, used by college and NFL teams, increased attention and emotional well-being.

Sports psychologist Michael Gervais mentioned practices like deep breathing and positive self-talk as part of the training.

Gervais suggests simple exercises like “spending time thinking positively about what you are trying to accomplish and using those positive words when other people ask what you are up to.”

WORKOUTS

Exercise class focuses on basic movements

Dani Johnson of the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program has developed a class called “Elements of Movement.” The class focuses on basic movements that become more difficult as you age.

“I think one of the most dangerous things we do every day is sit — all day, every day,” Johnson says in a Mayo Clinic video.

Inactivity increases your risk of injury, so the class focuses on natural movements like:

— Balancing to prevent falls

— Lifting weighted balls to simulate something like stowing luggage in overhead bins

— Squatting like you are picking up your keys — then getting back up

Outside of a class, she suggests things like crawling on the floor, taking stairs two at a time and doing a squat in your office chair.

“It’s about getting back to basic movements you could do as a kid, but movements you forgot to do as you age,” according to the video.

— Brandpoint