One of the inspirations for writing this article came from some research I stumbled on a few years ago, referring to the potential of living well with hearing loss. It lead me to look at what were the variables in living well in general.
Amazingly, one of the simplest but most effective strategies we can use to promote wellbeing and hearing health generally, and specifically in an ageing population, is adopting an attitude of optimism, happiness and positivity. I like the word “play”.
“Do grown-ups play?” Play has been shown to create positive emotion and positive emotion leads to improved health and wellbeing, innovation and creativity, as well as improving our ability to relate to and with others. Who wouldn’t want more of that!
Many people in today’s world focus almost entirely on what’s wrong with them – their problems, their struggles, and their stressors – and often lose sight of what is good and strong in them. But, there’s much more to life than problems. The old is the glass half full or half empty concept.
At Hearing Care Professionals we have found that when you take a strengths based approach in life, it helps you to shift your focus from what’s wrong to what’s right in your life. This approach is about the importance of:
- Being honest. You need to acknowledge your tinnitus and sound tolerance problems, but you don’t need to get lost in them.
- Being positive. Being positive is when you focus on what is best and good about you.
- Being empowering. This is about encouraging you and helping you to advance in life
- Being energised. It’s about uplifting you and fuelling you.
- Being connected. It’s about bringing you closer to others and improving your connection to others.
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All information is provided in the interests of Hearing Health education and is of a general nature. In all cases you should consult your doctor or other allied health professional for advice regarding your individual circumstances.
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