A positive mindset won’t cure your asthma, but it may make it easier for you to stick with your treatment plan.
Although studies on asthma and the positive mindset still need to be conducted, stories from the patient room seem to reveal the power of staying positive. (A body of research called positive psychology, led by Martin Seligman, PhD, also seems to be pointing us in that direction.)
A positive mindset is made up of:
- Optimism – Are you able to expect the best outcome for your asthma? It will take work and patience, but do you believe you can get there?
- Ownership – Do you realize that you are the one who is responsible for managing your asthma? Your physician can support you, but only you can take the medicine, follow your asthma action plan, make regular visits to the doctor, and so on.
- Grit – Are you passionate about getting control of your asthma, and are you persistent in your efforts?
Asthma is a chronic condition that takes consistent care and attention. Maintaining a positive attitude will help you stay motivated, engaged, and committed.