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National Shut-in Visitation Day – February 11, 2023

National Shut-in Visitation Day is celebrated in the United States on February 11 of each year. Due to physical or mental disorders, many individuals throughout the world are unable to leave their homes. These folks might get quite lonely and bored if they do not have visitors regularly. They are so shut off from the rest of the world that they rely on visitors to keep them connected. However, it is common for their loved ones to become preoccupied and forget about them. If you know a shut-in, today is the day to visit them! If you don’t, consider paying a visit to a nursing home or hospital, where many individuals may be unable to leave their rooms and may benefit from your presence!

History of National Shut-in Visitation Day

The origin of this day is unknown, as is the identity of its originator. However, one must admit that it is one of the most unselfish days observed throughout the United States. The goal of commemorating such a day is to offer companionship to the elderly and the excluded, as well as to make us realize that even freedom should not be taken for granted. Furthermore, visiting such facilities on this unique day of National Shut-In Visitation Day helps to develop more volunteers who assist such organizations with their services year-round.

This day is intended for individuals who are unable to leave their homes; people who are confined behind closed doors for the whole year for a variety of medical, mental, or emotional reasons. These factors can make a person feel gloomy, unhappy, and disconnected from the rest of the world. They may not always have family, friends, or relatives to visit them, whereas others do not even have companionship. This leaves them with a hole in their lives that they are unable to fill, frequently leading to even greater despair and loneliness.

Whatever the cause for a person’s confinement to their home, one thing is clear: many shut-ins feel lonely and cut off from society, which can lead to depression. Visiting these folks may do more than simply improve their spirits; in certain cases, it can even save their lives. That is why this is such a significant occasion.

National Shut-in Visitation Day timeline

1871
The Term ‘Agoraphobia’

In his paper "Die Agoraphobie, eine neuropathische Erscheinung," pioneering German psychologist Carl Friedrich Otto Westphal, invents the term "agoraphobia."

1960
Pressure from Society

The pressure on Japanese youngsters to achieve begins early in their lives, sometimes even before pre-school, when even toddlers have to fight for a spot in one of the finest pre-schools through an admission exam.

2013
Financial Burden

Some groups of non-profit Japanese organizations have been attempting to mitigate the financial impact of the Hikikomori phenomena on Japan's economy.

2019
New Social Issue

A survey in 2019 revealed that around 613,000 persons aged 40 to 64 are classified as "adult Hikikomori," which Japan's welfare minister Takumi Nemoto described as a "new societal crisis."

National Shut-in Visitation Day FAQs

What is National Shut-in Visitation Day?

National Shut-In Visitation Day is dedicated to encouraging everyone to pay a visit to someone unable to leave their home

When does someone become a shut-in?

When a person does not leave their home or nursing facility, they are dubbed a shut-in. They are usually housebound due to physical or mental problems.

What can I do to help a shut-in?

A simple visit and a smile may go a long way, but there are other activities that you can enjoy together during your visit.

How to Observe National Shut-in Visitation Day

  1. Watch a favorite movie of theirs

    In some circumstances, your taste in films may differ from theirs. But keep in mind that this day is to honor them, so sit down and watch their favorite movie; this will provide them with the connection they need.

  2. Play a board game

    This can include chess, carrom, and other similar games. If there are a large number of individuals present, you can even establish groups. This would make the game more enjoyable and brighten their day.

  3. Try out some new recipes

    If you're visiting someone who loves to cook but, out of loneliness, doesn't cook as often as they used to, try out some unusual new dishes with them. This would lighten their hearts and they will thoroughly enjoy it.

5 Interesting Facts About Social Isolation

  1. Increases the risk of mortality

    Elderly persons are more likely to die as a result of social isolation.

  2. Devastating effect

    Loneliness may be detrimental to one's emotional and physical health.

  3. Association with dementia

    Loneliness has also been linked to cognitive deterioration and a higher chance of developing dementia.

  4. Another name

    As a result of the rise of shut-ins in Japan; the term Hikikomori has been coined, which refers to reclusive teenagers or adults who withdraw from social life.

  5. Immense difference

    Just spending a few hours with them may make a huge difference in their life. z

Why National Shut-in Visitation Day is Important

  1. It brightens someone's day

    Doing something pleasant for someone else is a surefire method to make them happy. These random acts of kindness don't have to be extravagant; simply be there for them and attempt to spend some time with them.

  2. It recognizes the small pleasures that many people overlook

    The minuteness of little gestures of kindness isn't a true reflection of how much we have to offer them. It reflects how many excellent things the world wrongly overlooks. A modest pleasure in waiting is a huge joy!

  3. It has a positive impact

    Show some love and urge others to visit shut-ins by uploading various photographs and videos on social media with the hashtag #NationalShutInDay. Raise awareness about such sites and recruit more volunteers to visit them.

National Shut-in Visitation Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 11Saturday
2024February 11Sunday
2025February 11Tuesday
2026February 11Wednesday
2027February 11Thursday

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