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Understand the Power of Positive Thinking and How It Boosts Your Physical and Mental Health
Positive thinking comes hand in hand with optimism, and is a key aspect of effective stress management.
Positive thinking begins with internal dialogue, or self-talk. Internal dialogue is the endless flow of unmanifested thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative and are part of that internal dialogue that comes from logic and reason.
The benefits of positive thinking
It's true that positive and optimistic thinking affects our health. According to the Mayo Clinic report, “Positive thinking: Stop internal negative dialogue to reduce stress,” positive thinking can increase your life expectancy, reduce depression and lower levels of anxiety.
Furthermore, positive thinking creates greater resistance to colds, fosters physical and psychological well-being, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and improves the capacity to face difficult situations.
Having a positive perspective allows you to better face stressful situations, which then reduces the harmful effects that stress can have on your body.
It is also reported that positive and optimistic people tend to have a healthier lifestyle: they do more physical activity, follow a healthier diet and don’t smoke or drink in excess.
6 ways to learn to convert a negative thought into a positive one
Keep in mind that this practice takes time because you are creating a new habit. Follow these tips to change those bad thoughts into opportunities:
1. Identify what you can change
If you want to have more positive thoughts, identify the areas of your life where you tend to think negatively. It can be work-related, something personal, or even sentimental. Choose one area to work on first and then continue to the rest.
2. Become aware of what you think about
Throughout the day, pause and evaluate your thoughts. When you have a negative thought, try to shift it into a positive idea.
3. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”
Give yourself permission to smile, or even laugh through difficult times. There is always space for joy, room to laugh at life. You will surely feel less stressed.
4. Diet and exercise, the secret to a good state of mind
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will increase your positivity. Daily exercise for 30 minutes will decrease your stress. Healthy eating will help you maintain a balanced mind and body. And certainly don’t forget: breathe! It helps alleviate tension!
5. Good vibes only!
Surround yourself with positive, supportive people you can trust. You will see how their advice and opinions enrich your decisions.
6. Be kind to yourself
Practice positive conversations with yourself, beginning with a very simple rule: don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anybody else. And if a negative thought clouds your mind, evaluate it and respond with positive affirmations about yourself.
Actively thinking about the things in your life that you are grateful for will help you reset.