When your life is inexplicably altered by a disease or illness, it can be hard to stay positive. It is also hard to hear others constantly tell you to look on the bright side, especially when it can be difficult to see past all the negative feelings. However, your mental health plays an important role in fighting a disease or learning to live with a chronic illness. If athletes are told to visualize winning to help them do their best, the same can be said for those suffering from health conditions. The old saying of “attitude is everything” really does matter. You don’t have to be positive all the time, but being negative all the time can have serious effects on your mental health, and it can also affect your physical health.
Be Kind To Yourself
If you were recently diagnosed with a disease or illness, it is important to give yourself time to work through your emotions. It is natural to feel sad, disappointed and even angry. You may be grieving the loss of your health and your former life. Allow yourself the time to go through all your emotions, seeking counseling if you feel you need it. Remember, to not be upset with yourself if you need time off from your daily duties to heal or rest. And don’t forget to practice a little self care. Whether that is a hot bath and a good book, a spay day or meditation, pampering plays a big role in lifting your spirits when you need it.
Count Your Blessings
While you may have lost many aspects of your life, it is important to remember what you still have and can do, even if it is something small. Think of those who love you and support you. Celebrate the little victories like being able to take the dog on a short walk.
Enjoy the Little Things
It’s those happy little moments that make us smile. When you are in one of those moments, like baking with the kids or grandkids or going to a restaurant with delicious food, take the time to savor the moment. These little moments, especially those we share with the ones we love, are what lift us all up.
Do What Makes You Happy
It is important to do and enjoy the things that make life worth living. Doing something that makes you happy, whether it is painting, reading, watching a movie with friends, doing a puzzle or some other activity, feeds our souls. It reminds us why we fight each day so we can have more moments like this.
Do Something Nice for Someone Else
One of the best ways to stay positive is to make the world a better place. Hold the door open for someone who has their hands full, bring some cookies to an elderly neighbor during the holiday season, call up the friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Do something nice for someone else doesn’t need to be a grand gesture. Even the smallest act of kindness can lift your spirits as well as the person you’re doing something nice for.