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Turning it Around: Benefits of Positive Thinking

Dec 29, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg

Warm Thoughts

Cheer up. Look on the bright side. Think positive. These are all common phrases that we hear from others when times get tough - and even though our friends and loved ones have the best intentions when expressing this advice, it can sometimes be difficult to take seriously. After all, empathy and understanding tend to be what we desire most during difficult situations. Altering our mood can sometimes just feel like an exercise in denial. 

However, studies show that positive thought does indeed make an impact on our overall physical and emotional well-being - and can even allow for an increased lifespan. Below are some of the other key benefits of positive thinking.

Benefits of Positive Thinking 

  • Decreased risk of depression
     
  • Strengthened immune system
     
  • Lowered cholesterol
     
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease 
     
  • Better coping during difficult times
     
  • Faster recovery from surgery or illness
     

Putting it Into Practice

So just exactly how do your loved ones go about thinking positively? The key really is to do as you think. That means doing things that make them happy and making a positive impact on those around - whether it's calling up a friend or family member and letting them know how much they mean, or even reaching out through a community program designed to help others. Socialization helps tremendously, but if that's not an option, they can also turn to a favorite comedy film or album, sure to put a smile on their face.

No matter what, it's important for your loved ones to start small. If they're dealing with the loss of someone close, they may need to go through the grieving process before making large strides into the world of positive thought. But even amidst the sadness, if there's something small that they can latch on to, it will make a tremendous difference. Like anything else, you have to find what works for you.

Comfort Keepers® Can Lend a Helping Hand

As mentioned, healthy socialization is a great way to boost positive well-being for seniors, but you may not always be there to see that they have the companionship needed. That's where we come in. Our trained caregivers have been helping aging adults in the Fredericksburg community for years, and we feel that it's our duty to provide compassionate, professional, senior home care that makes a difference. From respite care to 24/7 assistance, we're ready to help your loved ones continue to live as independently as possible.

If you feel that the time is right for your loved ones to receive senior home care services, or if you're interested in learning more, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to answer any questions you might have. Please give us a call at (540) 205-8743 or click here

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