Study Explores Positive Care In Physical Disorders

More than eight million people in the Netherlands suffer from chronic physical disorders. And this number is steadily increasing.


For many people who suffer from chronic disorders, self-management is a major challenge. However, a new study by the University of Twente suggests that a satisfactory understanding of positive care sources could help mental well-being in the chronically ill.

Be that as it may, the human services segment isn’t yet making adequate utilization of these sources being taken care of by people with incessant physical issues.

Scientists actually wanted to develop new scientific frameworks to help boost the resilience and mental health of individuals with chronic physical disorders in the context of self-management.

Prof. Ernst Bohlmeijer said, “Many people find effective ways of living with a chronic disorder, but at least one out of five people cannot cope by themselves. They also develop severe psychological complaints that make it even more difficult to live a normal life.”

“We can and should do more to strengthen the resilience of the chronically ill. Positive psychology has an armory of scientifically proven skills such as optimism, gratitude, compassion, and positive relationships.”

The study suggests people’s ability to experience emotions and to deal with them effectively is often crucially important to their recovery and resilience. Besides negative feelings, for example, trouble or outrage, this likewise includes positive feelings.

Scientists are convinced that positive psychology can help those suffering from a chronic disorder to experience more positive emotions. They realized that when people experience positive emotions, they tend to develop a greater sense of control and become more creative in finding solutions.

It is also possible to evoke such emotions via simple exercises. These involve ‘more moments spent reviewing what went well during the day’ or ‘imagining an ideal future’.

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