Loneliness, mindful meditation topic of Oct. 21 webinar | AgriLife Today – AgriLife Today

COVID-19 has everyone isolating a little more these days. For some, isolation is hard and can lead to loneliness; but for others, the loneliness didn’t arrive with the pandemic. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Community Health unit’s Texas Military Program is offering a webinar that can help individuals learn more about mindfulness meditation to combat loneliness.

Sad alone senior woman looking through window at home, loneliness concept

Surmounting Social Isolation and Loneliness: Mindfulness Meditation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 21. The program is free and open to the public. Attendees must first RSVP in advance and then check email for instructions to join the session.

“When we develop a cough or a fever, it’s likely a sign that something is not quite right with our physical health,” said Rachel Brauner, AgriLife Extension program specialist in College Station. “But what about when we feel lonely? High-quality relationships are vital for our health and well-being – and loneliness might be a sign that something is not quite right with our emotional health.”

This session explores the differences between social isolation and loneliness, the potential risks to our personal and relational health, and provides tips for how to effectively cope and manage.

Andy Crocker, AgriLife Extension statewide program specialist in gerontology and health, Amarillo, and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension specialist-special populations, College Station, will be the presenters.

The program offers continuing education credits for social workers, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, case manager and board-certified patient advocates.

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Kay Ledbetter is an associate editor/communication specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Amarillo. She is responsible for writing news releases and feature articles from science-based information generated or provided by agency faculty throughout the state.