“It would seem quite difficult to achieve a level of physical health when our mental landscape is so full of weeds.”
― Brandon A. Trean
Your way of thinking plays an important role in your life because of the great impact it has on your overall wellness and success.
It influences how you feel about yourself, how you perceive different situations and how you react to most events in your life, and thus affects your health, mood, relationships and productivity.
Healthy, positive thinking has many great benefits: it helps you stay positive in most situations and enjoy what you already have in life. It also helps achieve your goals, build your self-confidence as well as healthy relationships. Whereas negative thoughts may sap your energy and make you feel anxious, upset and exhausted.
Positive mindset can reduce the risk of diseases or may help cope better with health problems while negative emotions can cause various ailments or even serious diseases.
Positive and negative thinking are learned habits. Use the tips below to become a positive thinker and get all the benefits of it. As you start using the tips you’ll see that it’s not that difficult and you’ll begin to love being positive.
Manage your emotions. Start your day in a good mood. Focus on the present. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Remember mostly the positive events. Set goals. See challenging situations as opportunities. Surround yourself with positive people and activities. Smile. Do not fear making mistakes.
1. Make a decision to MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS. You can’t always control events in your life but you can, with some effort, control what you choose to think and feel about them.
2. START YOUR DAY IN A GOOD MOOD, think positively of up-coming events of the day. Great part of our success often depends on our disposition.
3. Learn to FOCUS ON THE PRESENT – this way you will avoid getting overwhelmed with negative emotions. Identify your automatic negative thoughts and stop them as soon as they emerge. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
4. Challenge yourself to SEE THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THINGS. There are both positive and negative aspects to most situations, and you have to choose which one you will focus on. It’s easy to see the negative. However, there is always something you can gain from almost any situation – you just have to look for that.
5. Try to REMEMBER MOSTLY THE POSITIVE EVENTS of the past. This may help you move forward instead of getting stuck in the circle of negative thoughts.
6. SET GOALS. Try to concentrate on achieving your goals and keep yourself busy working on them.
7. SEE CHALLENGING SITUATIONS AS OPPORTUNITIES rather than threats. Looking for ways to solve problems rather than complaining about them is a much healthier attitude that also “trains” you for more complicated situations.
8. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE AND ACTIVITIES. Avoid negative influences. Avoid people who can bring you down, sap your energy and reduce your motivation. When down, try to retune your mood with positive and pleasant activity – do something that makes you happy (whether it’s the process of such activity or the result of it that makes you feel good), e.g., do sports, listen to your favorite music, go to the movie, do some housework, play with your kids, etc. Usually, physical activities of a moderate or high intensity (e.g., brisk walking or jogging) have a faster and longer lasting positive effect on your mood than those of a low intensity (e.g., light walking). However remember, intensity is a subjective classification. For example, what is high intensity for a moderately fit individual might be moderate intensity for a highly fit individual.
9. SMILE. It doesn’t take a lot to do that, but it does help a lot. Smiling regularly will help you stay in a good mood and lift the mood of the people that surround you. They will see you as a positive and happy person, and thus, will like you more. This way you will attract more positive people.
10. DO NOT FEAR MAKING MISTAKES – fear may create a lack of self-confidence and hinder well-being. Do not weep for failures – they strengthen us and help us grow.