I recently found an article in Health Day: News for Healthier Living written by Chris Woolston that states:
In a study of more than 5,000 people over the age of 65, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that a poor image of one's health -- regardless of other risk factors -- roughly doubled the risk of death within five years. In fact, a pessimistic outlook proved to be deadlier than congestive heart failure or smoking 50 or more packs of cigarettes every year.
Our opinions of ourselves do matter. Even in individuals with poor health and major health concerns going through a major health crisis studies have shown that if they have a positive attitude and image of themselves they are more likely to have better lasting results than that of a person with a less than sunny disposition.
So, what can you do to change your attitude to be more optimistic and positive? A good start would be to try and surround yourself with things and people that make you feel happy. Maybe start your day off listening to your favorite feel good song. Read a few pages of your favorite book. Hang out with people that have a positive attitude and outlook. If you find yourself struggling to find things that make you happy and can't seem to find any joy in life at all, talk with someone you trust about it. Depression and anxiety are nothing to take lightly and can greatly affect every aspect of your health. If you think you are suffering from depression or anxiety seek help. It could turn out to be one of the best things you can do to help gain back control of your health both mentally and physically. Simple diet changes could also be a great catalyst for changing the way you feel about yourself physically which in turn can affect how you feel about yourself mentally. The possibilities are endless with the major point being our attitudes change everything.
Having a positive attitude will change how you deal with certain situations and will help in the outlook of whatever situation you may find yourself facing. It may help to focus more on what you have and can do good for your health than focusing always on the risks and risk factors. Take a deep breath, relax and try to find that one thing that can turn a negative in your life into a positive and see how that changes your overall outlook on things. It may just be the start of a whole new happier healthier you!