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Locus of control & mindfulness

 

What is locus of control?

Locus of control explores the way you think about your successes and failures. If you have an external locus of control, you believe things outside your control determine the outcome of your situation. An internal locus of control means you believe you can actively interact with, influence, and make change in your situation.

We know that people who have a greater internal locus of control display stronger signs of resilience. When you believe you can actively change your situation in a positive way, you are more likely to continue trying after failure, testing different methods until you find the one that works. You’re more motivated to act and you’re less affected by other people’s opinions. All this helps you build confidence and take pride in your successes.

People geared towards an internal locus of control also tend to have higher self-determination and be more proactive about looking after their health. Those who believe their actions can improve their health are more motivated to do things such as visit a doctor when feeling ill, take treatment and medication as prescribed, and regularly using self-care tactics to improve health and wellbeing in everyday life. 

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is another tool for managing the way you think by teaching you how to focus on the present. Mindfulness can help you accept and move past negative thoughts about yourself and any struggles you are facing with chronic health conditions, including hepatitis. It encourages a positive outlook towards looking after yourself and confidence in your actions.

This short 3 minute video explains how to practice mindfulness:

You might consider using apps such as ‘Smiling Mind’ and ‘Calm’ to learn more about mindfulness and get some daily practice.

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