Look­ing on the bright side

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I did a fair bit of head nod­ding while read­ing the No­vem­ber is­sue of Good

Health. It said how im­por­tant well­be­ing at work is and to try and avoid stress, which can af­fect you both phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally and men­tally. I have rheuma­toid arthri­tis and I can say that, as a nurse, when it is stress­ful at work, my body lets me know with a hard dose of pain. I’ve man­aged it with good med­i­ca­tion and chang­ing my think­ing to ‘choose to be happy’ and ‘be kind, be pos­i­tive’. I urge my­self daily to turn a neg­a­tive event – such as wait­ing for 45 min­utes to see the GP – to a pos­i­tive event – 45 min­utes of be­ing able to get a bit of shut-eye. By us­ing that mantra, I’ve come out feel­ing hap­pier, in­stead of be­ing Os­car the Grouch. Don’t get me wrong, some days are a chal­lenge, but with prac­tise, I am in a bet­ter space. By the way, loved the health tips from around the world, es­pe­cially have a siesta!

Alana

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