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Optimism Is Good For Your Health

Research studies so often focus on the risk factors for various diseases and shortened life spans, but they rarely focus on what makes us more likely to be health and live a long life.

“After decades of research, a new study links optimism and prolonged life. Researchers have found that individuals with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve ‘exceptional longevity,’ that is, living to age 85 or older.

Optimism refers to a general expectation that good things will happen, or believing that the future will be favorable because we can control important outcomes. Whereas research has identified many risk factors that increase the likelihood of diseases and premature death, much less is known about positive psychosocial factors that can promote healthy aging…

It is unclear how exactly optimism helps people attain longer life. “Other research suggests that more optimistic people may be able to regulate emotions and behavior as well as bounce back from stressors and difficulties more effectively,” said senior author Laura Kubzansky, PhD, MPH, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and co-director, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers also consider that more optimistic people tend to have healthier habits, such as being more likely to engage in more exercise and less likely to smoke, which could extend lifespan.”

One way to change your state of mind is to keep a gratitude journal. Start and end your day by writing down something for which you’re grateful. It’s a good way of resetting your brain, and you’ll find that you start looking for things throughout the day to be thankful for. And if you have a hard time sticking to it, try pairing up with a friend to exchange emails with your “gratitudes.” They’ll help you see the world differently when you read the things they’re grateful for, and they’ll hold you accountable and make sure you’re doing it, too. Plus, it’s a great way to keep in touch with someone you love who you might not see regularly.

Still struggling to change your mindset? Consider seeing a life coach/personal development coach/therapist. They can help give you the tools to change how you look at the world and process the harder things you’ve been through so that they don’t continue to hurt you.

New evidence that optimists live longer: After decades of research, a new study links optimism and prolonged life

After decades of research, a new study links optimism and prolonged life. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, have found that individuals with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve “exceptional longevity,” that is, living to age 85 or older.

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Emotional health-Finding peace Family health General

Burnout

Burnout is now classified as a disease. 
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“The World Health Organization (WHO), an agency which guides many health providers and organizations, now includes “burnout” in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Handbook, where it is described as “an occupational-related condition resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.
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According to the WHO, doctors can issue a diagnosis of burnout if a patient exhibits three symptoms: feeling depleted of energy or exhausted; feeling mentally distanced from or cynical about one’s job; and problems getting one’s job done successfully. The WHO notes that burnout is to be used specifically “in the occupational context” and that it “should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.” 
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I don’t agree with the limited context as l feel that if you have reached a point of burnout at work, you have also reached that point in other areas of your life. Feeling stressed, depleted, exhausted and mentally distanced cannot be confined and isolated to the workplace.
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If you are feeling this way, please reach out for help. There are many caring and experienced practitioners out there who can support and help you navigate your way back to health. 
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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2158244017697154

Wishing you wellness,

Mary Clark

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Emotional health-Finding peace Family health General

Chronic Pain and Self-Esteem

“Grieving your old self when chronic illness turns you into someone you don’t like. This loss is so profound – how do you grieve for someone who is here but not here? I no longer recognize myself. I don’t know who I am anymore.”

This is such a powerful statement. 

Chronic illness is not only debilitating, but it can also be incredibly isolating. Many will not only feel a disconnect from others and their community, but also feel a disconnect from themselves. 

Having family, friends, a community, therapists and a support group can help. Having a safe space to explore your feelings and be vulnerable is incredibly valuable for not only the individual suffering from chronic illness but also for their carers. 

Megan Klenke, one of the authors in the referenced articles, states:

“One of the most difficult parts of being chronically ill has been the effect it’s had on my self-esteem. 

That probably sounds very strange, given that chronic illness comes with a whole slew of physical, mental and emotional challenges that might seem to take precedence over something that seems less immediately problematic like how I value myself. 

Don’t get me wrong, the physical symptoms are awful and have caused me too many breakdowns to count at this point. I also have many worries about what my future may be like, how quickly my diseases may progress, how my family and I will handle all my medical expenses and so on. 

But outside of these more obvious worries, I’ve realized that many of my other mental or emotional struggles since becoming sick, seem to be related to my lowered self-esteem.”

How Chronic Illness Can Drastically Affect Your Self-Esteem

I think one of the most difficult parts of being chronically ill has been the effect it’s had on my self-esteem. That probably sounds very strange, given that chronic illness comes with a whole slew of physical, mental and emotional challenges that might seem to take precedence over something that seems less immediately problematic like how I value myself.

Grieving Your Old Self When Chronic Illness Turns You Into Someone You Don’t Like

I’ve been crying a lot. I cried this afternoon in frustration. Another doctor appointment, another diagnosis, another problem to fix. One that may not even be fixable. I cried early this morning, 3 a.m. to be exact. I was woken from a deep sleep, nauseous and in unbelievable pain.

7 Ways I Cope With My Loss of Identity After a Chronic Illness Diagnosis

When I became ill in early 2015, it felt like my world was coming to an end. I had my dream job, I was volunteering and I had just finished my counseling diploma. I was looking forward to spending more time with my family and for life to become a little slower paced.

Wishing you wellness,

Mary Clark

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