Using health psychology to help patients: promoting wellbeing

Barley, Elizabeth ORCID: and Lawson, Victoria (2016) Using health psychology to help patients: promoting wellbeing. British Journal of Nursing, 25 (15). pp. 852-855. ISSN 0966-0461

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This article explores the construct of wellbeing. Research concerning the relationship between subjective wellbeing and health is discussed. Key components of wellbeing that are important to health include ‘sense of coherence’, ‘optimism’ and ‘benefit finding and post-traumatic growth’. A range of positive psychology interventions that aim to increase positive thoughts, feelings and emotions in order to improve wellbeing have been developed. Mindfulness-based approaches to improving wellbeing are especially popular and are evidence based. These focus on helping the individual to develop an awareness of the present with acceptance and attention. Instead of trying to change uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, the individual practices accepting these, without judgement. Nurses can draw on the information in this article to provide evidence-based advice and guidance to help improve their patients' and their own wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.12968/bjon.2016.25.15.852
Additional Information: © MA Healthcare Limited 2016
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Elizabeth Barley
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 10:11
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:50


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