Harming Your Health. We’ve spoken before about how your outlook changes your experiences. A glass-half-full attitude can change your life more than you would expect. People with optimistic outlooks even report inviting luck into their lives.
This openness brings far more benefits than a closed pessimistic outlook. Often, this comes down to our relationships and opportunities. Sometimes, though, outlook takes a sinister turn. In some cases, it can even impact health.
We all know that one person who seems to look at things in a negative light. Sure enough, bad things always happen to them, including ill health. By comparison, positive people seem to be on the go without so much as a sniffle. Of course, it would be unrealistic to assume that a positive outlook is all we need to keep ourselves healthy forever. But, it’s plain to see that our mind does play some part in both how often we get ill, and how long these periods last.
If your recovery time is always double that of your friends, consider how your head is impacting that fact. This may not seem like an obvious part of recovery, but it could see you back on your feet after weeks of being unwell or healing from injury. The question is, how can you change your outlook? Or, perhaps more importantly, how is your current perspective having this negative impact?
Often, mental delays can come down to nothing more than a failure to positively process what’s happening to us. This works on various levels. For one, inability to process illness could see you pushing yourself rather than taking time out. The answer here, then, is to pay heed to your body. Notice how you’re feeling, and act accordingly.
If you fail to process an injury received through an accident, negative fear could even slow your recovery. Your best bet here is to face that painful experience head on. This will help you process what’s happened, as well as freeing you to take appropriate action related to your injury. In both cases, the process is the same, and the results will be, too. Namely, you’ll get back on your feet.
Having a negative outlook when it comes to your health can also lead to stress. If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll already know that stress affects your health in a few major ways. Namely, it can up to double your recovery time. If you’re forever stressing about everything, you won’t be giving yourself the time you need.
Stress can also lead to further health issues, such as headaches, stomach upsets, and a difficulty sleeping. All these could worsen your original health complaint. By comparison, a positive outlook can keep the rest of your body in good health while you focus on your recovery.
If any of the above struck a chord for you, it’s time to change the way you approach things. Now is a time for self-love, not mental suffering. Remember that and see how fast you get back on your feet.