You’ve heard the saying that attitude is everything or attitude is half the battle, but did you know that Attitude and Recovery go hand in hand when you are trying to overcome health problems? I could quote thousands of articles and research that show a direct connection to your attitude and how quickly you recover from things such as cold’s, the flu or even more traumatic health issues such as broken bones, strokes, heart attacks and the list goes on.
Is your attitude holding you back from a stronger or quicker recovery or is it making your life more miserable or more enjoyable?
Recovery with a Bad Attitude
The amount of research and scholarly reports on attitudes and health is enormous and is beyond the scope of what I would like to address today. We’ll save the hard stuff for later.
My personal experience living with or watching others around me dealing with health problems seems overwhelmingly obvious. I don’t need doctors or scholars arguing about the details of their studies and if the data was taken correctly or if some other bias interfered with the conclusion.
The issue is, from my personal experience, that people with bad attitudes or who are hostile to those around them, struggle with more health issues or the time it takes to recover. Just think of situations in your own life where someone who is or was sick and was mad at everything and everyone. For one, it seems like they are always sick or want you to believe so and maybe more importantly, they drive family and friends away from them who may be part of their health care of even helping with clean up around the home.
Who wants to be around an angry person? So, someone may be able to make a case that angry people have the same amount of health problems as a happy person but what about health issues of a person with a bad attitude which can be directly linked to bad hygiene or mold and mildew in the home because no one wants to be around them to help clean up or maintain the home?
You can put all the arguments away and answer this question for yourself. Would you rather be around someone with a great attitude and positive outlook on life and would you be more willing to go out of your way to help them when they need help?
Yes – Recovery with a Great Attitude – Is Better
As I mentioned above, I could delve into the health articles to come up with support for this argument but instead of that, how about we look at some personal experience.
One stroke victim, we will refer to her as “Wonderful” and another wheel chair bound, physically challenged victim, we will refer to her as “Hateful”.
“Wonderful” has to be taken care of 24/7 and can’t eat, shower, go to the bathroom or do anything on her own without someone by her side every moment of the day. “Wonderful” is always positive to everyone around her and is rarely ever down. She can barely talk but if you make out her saying “how are you”?, your answer had better be Wonderful or Awesome. Even though she is difficult to talk to, everyone loves to be around her and does their very best to be supportive and helpful.
“Hateful” is also physically challenged but not from a stroke. Her health problems are more to do with age and a lifetime of not taking care of herself, which has been followed by her body giving out. “Hateful” is always correcting most everything you say and is always changing the subject to something she is interested in. She doesn’t even care to listen to her own children or grandchildren. There is something obviously different when you walk into her house. The awful smell hits you in the face immediately and you can just watch how uncomfortable everyone is and then notice as they can’t wait to escape the place.
My point I want to make between these two women is this. They are similar in many ways, growing up in loving families, having a long life, and also having similar physically challenging problems, however, their situations couldn’t be more different. Both husbands are wonder, loving and caring men and both have been married for decades to these women, yet there is an obvious difference in how people feel and react when walking into these homes.
Please let me add one more piece of information. Neither of these women are recovering. They are trying to physically recover but no significant recovery is evident.
Dealing with Your Health Problems
I guess I should have labeled this article something more like, Living with Your Health Problems – How Do You Want to Live?
I believe being positive helps with your recovery but it also helps as you are dealing with things, whether you are recovering or not. There are things we can all do to improve how we treat people and how we live. The first thing is to recognize that changes need to be made and then start dealing with them one at a time.
How Can You Switch to a Great Attitude?
Here are some things you can do to start making changes found in Harvard Medical School.
- Don’t dwell on your age – A positive outlook on age may increase your life span.
- Focus on what is most important – Chose to deal first with important issues and life may become a little less stressful.
- Practice mindfulness – Practice living in the moment and try not to be so judgmental.
- Keep a sense of purpose – Even later in life, you can start something new or volunteer to help others.
Pick one thing from the list above and start making a change.
The Injuries Are Different – But You Have Control
Every situation in life is different but the bottom line is, we all have to learn to live with, cope with, or recover from things in our lives.
How we choose to deal with life will have a profound effect on ourself and others around us. Don’t find yourself looking back on life and wishing you had done it better.
Start making the change now.