We hear this all the time, but do we pay attention and how easy is it to put those niggling negative thoughts to one side? Positive thinking isn’t just ignoring anything negative that comes into your life but it’s also knowing how do we approach life’s challenges with a positive outlook.
This week in our office we will be talking to each other about ways which we try and stay positive to keep our mind healthy and to approach challenges and difficult situations with a positive outlook. Actively replacing negative thoughts with positive ones can help you eventually learn to become a more positive thinker.
Here are some suggestions at how to start shifting those thought processes;
- Write in a journal when something is bothering you, then write down all of the things in life you are grateful for.
- Positive Self- Talk. Talking to yourself in a positive manner can help with your overall emotions but also how you respond to stress.
- Pay attention to your thoughts. If you have found yourself all day thinking you can’t do something, take some time away from the situation and visualise yourself actually doing it. Re-shape your outlook, studies have shown that shifting to more positive self-talk can have a positive impact on your emotions and how you respond to stress.
- Positive thinking is important because it can have a beneficial impact on both physical and mental well-being. At the end of each day, remind yourself of anything positive that happened during the day and tell someone about it. It doesn’t matter how small it might be, however saying it out loud and sharing it will also help your sub conscious to slowly start shifting.
Positive thinking is linked to a wide range of health benefits including:
- Better stress management and coping skills
- Enhanced psychological health
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Increased physical well-being
- Longer life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease-related death