Studies have found that people suffering from chronic pain conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, and fibromyalgia experience less pain and fewer symptoms simply by adopting a positive attitude. Some research has even found that a happy outlook can be as effective as taking painkillers.
Why? Your brain and your body are constantly communicating with each other. That means if you’re always expecting the worst, and have negative expectations of your condition, your brain may allow those thoughts and expectations to shape how you physically experience your symptoms.
That’s definitely a good reason to put on a happy face.
Looking for easy ways to get happy as you recover from your injury or work on managing your condition? Give one of these tips a try.
- Grab a notebook and take a minute to write down 3 things you’re thankful for. Having a gratitude journal, and recognizing those small things each day are great ways to reframe your perspective and re-focus on the good.
- Go for a walk. Even if it’s only 15 minutes, taking a walk outside and getting some fresh air has been proven to give your mood a quick and lasting boost.
- Eat good-for-you foods that nourish you. Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, fruits like oranges and papaya, salmon, and yes, even chocolate are all loaded with nutrients that have been proven to lift your mood.
- Indulge in little things. Take time for yourself by reading a book, slipping away for hot bath, or treating yourself to one small luxury all go a long way in changing your attitude.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 225
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 835-3340