I wouldn’t say the highlight of my year so far has been breaking my leg (Bike + ice = A&E), but I have learned a lot about how to heal quickly and oddly it has been a remarkably positive experience. To the extent that 5 weeks on I am crutch free, swimming and walking for several hours at a time.
My first fear of course was how am I going to cope, given that I am very active and the idea of being confined to a sofa for 6 – 8 weeks was my personal idea of hell. However, deciding to be positive and use the time in a different way meant that time flew and I actually quite enjoyed it.
And if you are finding it hard to be positive after a setback, then I looked at some research on positivity and well being, and here are some compelling facts. Positive people:
- live 7.5 years longer than others
- have a 77% lower risk of heart desease then pessimists
- experience 50% less symptoms and pain for the same illness
In my own experience, what helped me was:
- Focussing on what you can do, not what you can’t do. As a weird spin-off I now find I own and can play a Ukelele
- Use the time to re-energise and set future goals for the year
- Enjoy the “now”. All too ofter I’m looking for the next thing, rather than enjoying what I have right now.
I hope you don’t become ill, but if you do, enjoy confounding the experts with your positive mindset...............