Sometimes, it’s tough to be optimistic. Trust me, I get it.
The world outside seems like it’s going crazy. And inside, you might be suffering from more than a few painful reminders of aging, including battling chronic disease.
Throw in a medical crisis like a stroke, and it’s really no wonder that your once-sunny disposition flies right out the window.
But new research offers a reason to try to KEEP positive even in the worst-of-times.
It reveals how the right attitude can play a crucial role in your recovery and even your survival after a stroke.
Optimism linked to 3 BIG benefits
The new study tracked 49 stroke survivors over those crucial first three months of recovery after a stroke.
And the folks who didn’t allow themselves to be negative… the ones who remained optimistic despite the challenges they were facing…enjoyed three critical benefits…
- LOWER inflammation levels
- REDUCED stroke severity
- LESS physical disability
Any one of those would be incredible alone. All three together are practically a miracle. No drug can promise the same after a stroke. But it turns out your optimism DOES have that power.
That first benefit holds the key. We already know mood impacts inflammation levels. Depression, for example, can send inflammation right through the roof. So it makes sense that negativity after a stroke could do the same.
Excess inflammation is NEVER good news. But after a stroke, it can be downright dangerous, as studies show it can slow or even stunt recovery.
The lower your inflammation is after a stroke, the better your outcome. And that’s what leads to the most important benefit on that list… less disability.
Many stroke survivors suffer from serious quality-of-life issues in the months and years that follow, in large part, due to lingering disability.
Some might be minor, but frustrating, like a muscle that remains weak or a slower gait that never quite recovers. Others might be more significant, including long-term speech problems that can make it difficult for others to understand you.
And some folks suffer from partial paralysis, often on one side of the face or body.
Combined, these conditions can make it difficult to live on your own without care. They could even force you into a nursing home situation.
But the power of positive thinking might help you prevent ALL of those nightmare scenarios and then some.
What every stroke survivor needs to know
Naturally, don’t rely on attitude alone. There are a lot of other factors that play a role in stroke survival, and the most important one isn’t about keeping positive. It’s about timing.
Getting help in time is the single most important factor in both stroke survival and avoiding disability after. That means acting at the very first sign of trouble by watching for the symptoms.
Those stroke symptoms are often shortened to “FAST,” which stands for…
F: Face drooping, including one side sagging or going numb, or a smile turning crooked.
A: Arm weakness, especially if you can’t raise one or both.
S: Speech difficulty. You may slur, like you’re drunk, or even talk nonsense.
T: Time to call 911. If you feel something wrong, don’t wait.
Call 911 as soon as possible, or get someone to do so for you because every second counts when it comes to stroke.