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Whether we have a mood disorder or not, daily routines are important to most of us, and they keep our lives more balanced. Unfortunately, with the increasing complexity, achieving balance is ever more difficult. And without a sense of inner harmony, it becomes more difficult to eat right, exercise, get a good night’s sleep and be healthy.
Our interpersonal lives are affected by the amount of contact and support we have from others. The frequency of life-changes is a factor and the economy makes transitional events even more challenging.
Our world is also growing lonelier and more isolated. This is in part due to the notion of independence that makes us not want to appear needy. We may feel alone, but assume neighbors and friends are similarly busy and wouldn’t want to be bothered.
We live in a cult of busyness. In an era of frantic pace and multitasking, we feel we should always be accomplishing something. If we work long hours, in our limited spare time, we still work – catching up on e-mail, doing the laundry, going to the gym. Socializing often comes last.
Life-change stressors add to our sense of vulnerability. These can be either negative or positive. Divorce, widowhood, children leaving home, apparent gains such as getting one’s first full-time job, a promotion, marriage, and the birth of a child. Losses and gains require readjustment and change on the part of the person going through the transition.