Sacred Heart - Inspiring Health

Fall 2014

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BY EMMY B. For more "Inspirations at the End of the Day…," visit > Inspirations AT THE END OF THE DAY… TAKE A MOMENT FOR YOURSELF AS YOU WRAP UP A BUSY DAY AND ENJOY THESE POSITIVE THOUGHTS FROM A SACRED HEART HOSPITAL COLLEAGUE. BEING ALONE OFTEN gets a bad rap in our society. The clichés seem to say it all: Two heads are better than one. The more the merrier. One is the loneliest number. But the reality is, more people (about 30 percent) live alone now than at any other time in history. I've lived alone for a good chunk of my adult life, and I must admit, I don't mind it at all. People often equate being alone with being lonely, but the two don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. Heck, I can be in a room filled with people and still feel lonely. Whether single or in a relationship, it's crucial to feel comfortable when we're on our own, spending time with just ourselves. Many people fill every waking moment with a never-ending to-do list, afraid if they don't have enough on their plate they'll be bored. Others click on the TV the second they walk in their home, wanting to fill the silence with any kind of noise. When do we ever have the time and the solitude needed to learn to enjoy our own company? If we don't carve out some alone-time into our hectic schedules, how do we ever become our own best friend? Note to self: "What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be." (Ellen Burstyn) SACRED HEART HOSPITAL 900 W CLAIREMONT AVE EAU CLAIRE, WI 54701-5105 This publication in no way seeks to serve as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID EAU CLAIRE, WI PERMIT NO. 105

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