How a Positive Attitude Helps with Your Health

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   Posted 9/17/2012 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Robin started a great thread about positive thinking.  I have been a positive thinker for years and it has helped me as much as medication in dealing with chronic illnessees. 
A positive outlook helps with your immune system, helps with depression, helps you have a longer lifespan, helps with stress...which we all know causes more pain, etc.  I have been told this by my doctors, too.
My biggest proof was when I had to have my colon removed.  That's the last thing I wanted.  I was only 42 years old and had a lot of living to do but I also knew that if I didn't have the surgery, I could die.  So, I figured I'd face this head on and learn to live with this situation with a smile on my face. 
I had the surgery and was sitting up eating within three days.  I was released from the hospital in one week.  Three days after I was home, I went Christmas shopping at the mall for six hours with 89 staples still in me.  I did the for four days.  I also made out all my Christmas cards.  On the fifth day I was back at the Cleveland Clinic having the staples removed.  My surgeon said it was my positive attitude that allowed me to do all of this.  And, even though I tried everything in my power to prevent this surgery, it is the best thing I did for myself!  It opened my life up again and I've been able to enjoy life all these years. 
I just have learned how to work around the appliance...just like I work around fibro to do the things I want to do.  I could have sat home and been totally miserable and depressed.  This surgery can do a number on your body image, by the way.  But instead, I knew I had to learn to live with it and my other illnesses so I moved forward with anticipation.  Life is good!
Here are links that explain how a positive attitude can help anyone. 
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   Posted 9/17/2012 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
You are one strong lady, Sherrine. My hat's off to you! What a great example both you and Robin give us.

How's the little one, by the way? :)

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   Posted 9/17/2012 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine, and the rest of my fibro family...thank you for your support. We're all in this together...Debbie, you have the knack for making me blush :)

It is very difficult, mentally and emotionally to live with chronic illnesses, but this forum has helped me to accept them, deal with them and move in a more positive proactive way. Coping does get easier when you use positive thinking.

We all help one another by sharing our experiances and by passing on tips that have helped us. Although we are all differant we all want to enjoy life.

I think it is important for me to state again...if you are having trouble coping and think you are at risk for clinical depression, please let your doc know. Sometimes, I think it is too easy for us to pass things off as part of fibro.

Sherrine, thanks for the great are very instrumental in on putting people on the path to positive thinking...I thank you again for putting me on that path :)

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   Posted 9/17/2012 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
All of you ladies are remarkable. I try to keep a positive attitude too. It makes life so much easier. I am described as "calm"... That I heard the other day and it made me feel good. Life is short. We should live it to the fullest of our abilities I think. It may not be perfect everyday, but if it was, it would be boring I think...

I hope all of you have the most wonderful day. I am making a homemade apple pie today from scratch. Painting and crochetting.

Take care all. Thanks for the wonderful thread ladies!!!

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   Posted 9/17/2012 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherri, you are so right on having a postive attitude. I use to be real bad with negativity. My husband and family pointed it out to me. I decided to make some changes. I started to pay attention what I was saying. It took work on my part. It was in no time I started feeling better with having a postive attitude. My health has turned around 360 degrees. Instead of staying in the poor me syndrom each day, I get excited to see what God has in store for me today.

I say this all the time, but this site really played a big part getting my postive attitude back. I remember when I first came here, I would say I can't do it. Sherri or others would have a better opinion. You can do it and we believe in you. I never had the support at home, so I really feel like your part of my family. I want to thank everybody for helping me get my health back. I now want to get out of bed and enjoy life again.

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   Posted 9/17/2012 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not necessarily stronger than anyone else. I feel life is made up of choices. We didn't choose to have all the problems we have in life but we can choose how we will face them and handle them. This is where a positive attitude is a boon.

I choose to enjoy life to the best of my ability. I can't enjoy life if I'm miserable, depressed, and not reaching out to life. A positive attitude helps me face what life throws at me. It makes me far more successful at living and I win in the end. So this really has worked for me for many years and that's why I continue to share it on this forum. I have lived a good life in spite of all the trials and tribulations and I owe that to positive thinking and to God.

I agree with Robin in the fact that if you are clinically depressed, get help for it. My wonderful husband suffered with that all of his life...I think it was genetic. Anyway, no one talked about depression back then so we really didn't know what his problem was. Once we did and he got help and the proper medication, his life changed like night and day! He went from being pretty close to a recluse to being the social director of the neighborhood! He was finally enjoying life and it was such a blessing.

I, too, have suffered from depression ...especially when I lost my husband suddenly....but was able to work my way back again through perseverance and a positive attitude. I knew I could do this because I have been a positive thinker most of my life and I also knew I had a darn good reason to be depressed! Having chronic illness can cause this type of depression too. That where practicing positive thinking comes in and helps us. The links I put in my last post prove that this does help. So give it a try. I'd love to see all members dealing with fibro but yet enjoying their lives. It can be done.

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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 9/17/2012 1:08:53 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/18/2012 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Positive thinking is an amazingly powerful yet sometimes elusive thing! As a fibro sufferer with severe depression, I know it can be difficult to make it day by day. Keeping up with my medication regime is crucial to keep me healthy enough to remain positive.

One of the biggest changes I have made in order to maintain positivity is allowing myself a break. I used to beat myself up over every nap I would have to take or every time I would have to call off work. Letting myself take some time off when I'm feeling sick without the guilt lets me recooperate physically and mentally.

I've also listened to Tony Robbins and put some of his advice to use. Primarily, I pay attention to the questions I ask myself. For example, I don't ask "how much will I miss out on today?" but " what great things will I be able to experience today?".
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