How Positive Thinking Benefits Surgical Recovery
The benefits of positive thinking and emotional health and well-being have been well documented and confirmed for some time. As the idea of positive psychology has earned a prominent place in social science and popular culture in the last few decades, the benefits of happiness and a positive outlook on life are no longer exclusively the stuff of motivational seminars and feel-good vacation retreats. New research is using hard science to confirm that there are real physical health benefits to looking on the bright side.
In addition to helping control problematic stress, new research has found that emotional and psychological well-being – or a patient’s level of happiness – can affect surgical recovery rates as well.
The Mind/Body Connection for Surgical Healing in Los Angeles
Happiness and quality of life are deeply personal and complex issues, but there are several key areas that generally account for a person’s emotional well-being and outlook on life:
Worries about meeting the essential material needs of life can affect almost anyone at some point. While completely eradicating all concerns about the costs of healthcare or how to care for family while recovering from surgery may not be possible, patients are advised to make an effort to put their worries on hold as best they can in the time leading up to surgery. The problems will still be there after surgery, but making every effort to ensure the best surgical outcome possible is the best way to address them.
Spirituality and belief systems are as wide and diverse as people themselves. Whatever a person’s beliefs (or lack thereof) may be, feeling content and at peace can help patients cope with the stress and anxiety associated with undergoing surgery. Whether through prayer, meditation, or simple visualization exercises, focusing on a positive outcome can go a long way towards alleviating the negative feelings that can potentially affect the length and quality of surgical recovery.
Emotional, Mental, and Social
The importance of a strong and stable support system on a person’s health and well-being cannot be overstated. Concerns about having one’s emotional needs met can cause as much stress and anxiety as concerns about money. In order to minimize the risk of surgical complications and an impeded recovery process, patients about to undergo surgery are advised to seek coping mechanisms for any areas of stress and anxiety.
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