Positive thinking is a crucial part of our everyday lives. While it is difficult to constantly be optimistic when life is throwing you curve balls, thinking positively can be truly beneficial to your health. Had it not been for my own ability to think positively, I would not be the person I am today. Just to be clear though, positive thinking is not about denying the bad things in life. It is about embracing the good and seeing that you can get past the bad.
It is believed that positive thinking helps with stress management and your overall health. Such benefits include increased life span, decreased rates of depression, better resistance to illnesses, reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and the list goes on. It is also said to lead to better coping skills during stress and hard times.
Here is a list to assist you in being able to think more positively and become more optimistic in general.
- Stop negative self talk.
It’s important to stop negative self talk, AKA those thoughts running through your head all day. Don’t let your brain overwhelm you with unnecessary stress, like made up scenarios and what-ifs. Instead use I Am affirmations to fight those thoughts. (An article on affirmations will be posted soon.)
- Stay away from negative people
Some people are so negative they will walk into a dark room and begin to develop. Avoid negative people at all costs. They are toxic and will drain you mentally.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
The people you choose to form relationships with, whether it’s friends or significant others, can have a big impact on your life and the way you feel. Are your relationships making you feel down? Then maybe it’s time to reevaluate who you are spending the most time with.
Embrace humor! When we laugh, endorphins rush through our bodies, giving us greater feelings of happiness.
- Be open to different feelings you experience.
It is okay to indulge and feel sad sometimes. You don’t want to bottle up your feelings; that’s unhealthy. But if day-to-day you incorporate a more optimistic way of thinking, hopefully those negative thoughts can become fewer and fewer.
I can only that you find this information useful and it is beneficial to you in developing your habit of positive thinking.