As we step into 2010, the staff at Colorado Plastic Surgery Center is making our own New Year’s Resolution: Be Positive! We have seen and heard so many inspiring stories from patients, friends and associates who have “beaten the odds” and pushed through difficult circumstances in 2009 that we have made a commitment to follow their example.
It seems that the secret to successfully navigating tough economic times is attitude: the willingness to look past your immediate circumstances with hope and optimism! Similarly, the key to healthy living has been closely linked to positive thinking, which has been proven to release endorphins which can relieve pain even when medications are ineffective! If simply thinking positive thoughts can affect our overall health and well-being, doesn’t it make sense to make some adjustments in our thinking for 2010? Here are some ideas:
Catch Some Rays: Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have found that UV light can trigger endorphin production, which may be why we have so many “sun worshipers”! Just remember to use your sunscreen!
Laugh: Laughter also releases endorphins, which has been shown to increase your immune function, making you less susceptible to disease.
Exercise: Endorphins are neurotransmitters found in the brain that can create a sense of euphoria during prolonged exercise. The natural “high” that many runners describe is thought to be caused by this surge of endorphins, which are released when we’re out of breath and under pressure.
Be Kind: Performing a “random act of kindness” will not only make you feel better about yourself, it will make another person feel good about you… which, in turn, makes you feel good…and the cycle continues. And don’t forget to be kind to yourself once in a while!
Avoid Stress: Studies by the American Medical Association have shown that stress is the primary factor in over 75% of all illnesses medically treated today. Find a creative outlet like writing in a journal, taking music lessons, something fun and productive to help relieve stress. Even adopting a pet might help!
Living well may require some effort, and often the first step is making a decision to change. Sometimes it means stepping out of your comfort zone (like hiring a male Patient Coordinator in an all-female office!) and trying something new! Make this new year a new start. You may find you’ve made a whole new you!