At Freedom Care we love autumn! There are so many different festivals and celebrations that there is always something to look forward to. We’re also really glad that the American celebration of Thanksgiving is also beginning to be recognised in this country. Not perhaps in its true historic sense, but because it’s a good opportunity to stand back and count our blessings.

There has also been a theme of thankfulness trending on social media sites recently. For example, people are challenged to share three positive thoughts a day, and to encourage others to do likewise.  This is a discipline that we could all learn and benefit from. There is so much bad news in the world these days, and many of us have struggles in our daily lives as well, especially those with complex health needs. It can be helpful and heartening to focus on the positive things in our lives as a welcome antidote to some of these negative influences around us.

The concept of positive thinking is not new, and should not be seen as trivialising the genuine issues that many have to deal with on a daily basis. But, according to the Mayo Clinic1, benefits of positive thinking include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

The same article suggests some ways to think and behave in a more positive and optimistic way:

  • Identify areas to change:  Which areas of your life do you typically think negatively about? Start by focusing on just one area to approach in a more positive way.
  • Check yourself:  Are your thoughts during the day mainly negative? If so, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
  • Be open to humour:  Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle:  Exercise at least three times a week to positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn techniques to manage stress.
  • Surround yourself with positive people:  Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
  • Practice positive self-talk:  Start by following one simple rule – don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else! Give yourself some high quality care: Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you.

Finally, here are some examples of negative self-talk and how you can apply a positive thinking twist to them:

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At Freedom Care our motto is “A POSSE AD ESSE” which means “from possibility to actuality”. In our specialist care homes we do our very best to instil as much positive thinking and confidence in our service users as we are able. Our heartfelt aim is to provide person-centered care for each individual and help to teach them valuable skills to help them make informed lifestyle choices.

If we can help you turn possibilities to actualities for someone in your family with specialist care needs then contact us today to start moving things forward! Meanwhile, enjoy this autumn season with all its celebrations, and may Thanksgiving be the beginning of an increasingly positive time for you and yours!

[1]  http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950?pg=1

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