Here’s what studies show about how we can help ourselves heal: or You’ve Got This!
Sick people who have a positive attitude report less pain and can have better outcomes.
Johns Hopkins Hospital reports that those with a family history of heart disease who also had a positive outlook (meaning less anxiety and a more cheerful attitude, among other things) were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years than those with a more negative outlook.
That was shown to be true even in people with family history who had the most risk factors for coronary artery disease. Imagine that! Positive people from the general population were 13 percent less likely than their more negative counterparts to have a coronary event.
Attitude’s also important for managing pain. It turns out that chronic pain is often not because of acute tissue injury but that the brain has been trained to amplify bodily sensations and interpret them as pain. Reframe pain and be more cheerful– and you may feel less of it.
Studies have also shown that expressive writing can help us heal.
Why am I telling you this?
Because all of my healing tools are based on these studies. The Guided Journal through Healing allows users to express their feelings about their disease and treatment. And about attitudes loved ones may or may not have about it. It helps users process those feelings and reframe what’s going on–in a more positive way.
Our Healing Affirmations deck provide 50 different healing thoughts that can help shift our attitudes in ways to promote healing.
And those little You’ve Got This stickers? They’re an important reminders and so I made them part of our healing gift packages, our chemo survival kit.
These tools can be helpful. They’re also thoughtful and beautiful and inspirational. And affordable.
They’re a gift that can actually offer gentle support and help in a situation where we feel all too helpless.
I believe 100% your attitude is what makes the difference. As someone who has had 2 major spinal surgeries I can tell you a lot of the recovery is mental. Meditating through the pain helped me more than I can express. I could actually get out of the pain while I meditated. Amazing.
I wish i had patience enough to meditate more.