Can you think yourself better? What does the evidence say?

Can you think yourself better?  What does the evidence say?

Michael Vagg, the Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University School of Medicine & Pain Specialist at Barwon Health, Australia has published a thoughtful piece in The Conversation:

theconversation.com/mondays...

He concludes:

"If faced with a serious illness, you’re likely to have a better quality of life if you have good social supports and avoid giving in to complete pessimism. Nobody can tell you the perfect formula to deal with the impact of a serious diagnosis.

But don’t believe those who tell you your illness is your fault somehow, or that you wouldn’t have it if you’d somehow been a better person.

You don’t need to feel that you should be completely positive 100% of the time, because not only does that not happen, it’s not healthy either. Coping the best way you know how to is all you should be aiming to do."

Neil

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  • Couldn't agree with you more!

  • Amen to that . Totally agree with you .

    alison

  • Hi when I was going through treatment everyone said that I should stay strong, which I always tried to do but did not always find easy.

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