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Reducing Negative Thoughts Can Promote Senior Well-being

Aug 5, 2016 by Luke Ries

A State of Mind

At one time or another, we’ve all had someone tell us to “just think positively” during a particularly stressful period. It can be easy to dismiss, because surely altering your attitude and frame of mind can’t magically make things better, right? While it’s not an instant fix, research indicates that there are in fact several benefits to positive thinking, key among them being improved quality – and longevity – of life.

However, it can often be difficult for aging adults to switch to a positive mindset, especially if they’ve recently experienced the loss of a loved one or a serious accident. Incidents like these may cause them to be consumed by negative thoughts, day in and day out.

If not kept in check, these negative thoughts can end up snowballing, to the point of physical and emotional ramifications – but it’s never too late to turn things around. Here are a few tips your senior loved ones can use to begin living each day happier – and healthier – than before.

Four Tips For Positive Thinking

  • Be aware –Suppressing negative thoughts can be detrimental to one’s health. Ensure that you have someone you can confide in when things get tough. Sometimes just talking about your problems can help tremendously. If nobody is readily available, you can always write down your thoughts and feelings.   
     
  • Good company – You may have heard some people described as “energy vampires” and usually that is the perfect label for those who create nothing but perpetual negativity. Consider limiting the time you spend with negative people, and instead, surround yourself with those who find the joy in everyday life.
     
  • Smile and Laugh – It can be a challenge to find the humor in certain situations, but finding the comedy even in life’s darkest moments can help. Additionally, you can turn to a favorite comedy album, television show, or film – anything that is guaranteed to make you laugh.
     
  • Start Small – It’s important to understand that it doesn’t happen all at once. You have to learn to crawl before you can walk, as they say. And that goes for positive thinking as well. Make each day count by doing something positive, whether it’s making a list of things for which you’re thankful, or letting a friend or relative know how much they mean to you.
     

It’s important that we maximize our positive well-being each and every day, in order to stay emotionally and physically healthy. Help your aging loved ones do the same by having them follow the tips above.

Comfort Keepers® Can Help

And when you can’t be there for them, let us know. We are Comfort Keepers®, and we are ready to help your senior loved ones begin to thinking positively. Additionally, our in home caregivers in the Sheboygan and Fund du Lac area can assist with personal care needs, and even provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

Contact us or call (920) 204-6886 to learn more about how Comfort Keepers’ unique style of caregiving can help your loved ones today. 

 

 

 

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156028/

https://www.verywell.com/think-positive-2794771

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