Is it half-empty or half-full of your glass? Your outlook on life, your attitude towards yourself, and whether you are optimistic or pessimistic may reflect how you address this age-old question about positive thinking, and it may even affect your health.
Indeed, some studies suggest that many aspects of your health and well-being can be influenced by personality characteristics such as optimism and pessimism. A crucial aspect of efficient stress management is the optimistic thinking that typically comes with optimism. And with many health benefits, successful stress management is related.
Positive thinking does not mean you stick your head in the sand and neglect any fun conditions in life. Positive thinking means that, more positively and efficiently, you handle unpleasantness. You think that the best will happen, not the worst.
With self-talk, constructive thinking also begins. The constant stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your mind is self-talk. Positive or negative maybe these unconscious feelings. Logic and reason come from some of your self-talk. Due to lack of knowledge, other self-talk can lead to misconceptions.
The impact of positive thought and motivation on health remains to be investigated by researchers. Health benefits that can be provided by positive thinking include:
- Increased span of life
- Lower depression rates
- Higher distress rate
- Greater tolerance to the prevalent cold
- Better physical and psychological health
- Better cardiovascular health and less risk of death
- During struggles and periods of stress- stronger coping abilities
It’s unclear why these health benefits are encountered by individuals who participate in positive thinking. One hypothesis is that maintaining a good attitude helps you to deal with stressful conditions better, which decreases the negative health effects of stress on your body.
Strong and optimistic individuals are often thought to prefer to live healthy lifestyles; they get more physical exercise, adopt a healthier diet, and do not smoke or consume alcohol in excess.
Not sure whether you are positive or pessimistic about your self-talk?
Some common forms of adverse self-talk include:
- Filtering: You magnify a situation’s negative aspects and filter out all of the good ones. You had a nice day at work, for instance. You finished your assignments in advance and were complimented for doing a simple and comprehensive job. You concentrate only on your strategy that evening to do even more tasks and forget about the congratulations you got.
- You automatically blame yourself when something negative happens. You learn, for instance, that a friends’ evening out is postponed, and you presume that the change of plans is that no one wanted to be around you.
- You expect the worst immediately. The coffee shop drive-through gets your order incorrect and you immediately assume that it would be a nightmare for the rest of the day.
- Polarize-You just see stuff as either good or bad. The middle ground is not there. You feel like you’re going to have to be flawless or you’re a complete failure.
You will be able to learn to transform negative thoughts into constructive thinking. The method is easy, but it takes time and practice-after all, you’re developing a new habit. Here are some ways of thinking and behaving more optimistically and positively:
- Identify places that should be changed-First, define aspects of your life that you typically think negatively about, whether it’s work, your daily commute or a relationship if you want to become more motivated and engage in more positive thinking. More optimistically, you can start small by concentrating on one field to approach.
- Just check on yourself- Stop and analyze what you’re thinking regularly during the day. Try to find a way to put a positive spin on them if you find that your feelings are mostly negative.
- Just be open to humour-Let yourself at ease, especially during difficult times and try to smile or laugh. Find humour in daily activities. You feel less depressed when you laugh at life.
- Practice a safe way of life- Go for about 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. During the day, you can also split it up into 10-minute blocks of time. Exercise may have a beneficial effect on mood and stress reduction. To power, your mind and body, adopt a balanced diet. And master stress management strategies.
- Surround yourself with optimistic individuals-To offer helpful advice and suggestions, make sure that those in your life are optimistic, compassionate people you can rely on. Negative individuals can increase their level of stress and cause you to question your ability to handle stress in healthy ways.
- Practice self-talk positively- Start by following one basic rule: don’t say to yourself something you wouldn’t say to someone else. Be patient with yourself, and be positive. If a negative thought enters your mind, rationally analyze it and respond with statements about what is good about you. Dream about stuff in your life that you’re grateful for.
Don’t plan to become an optimist overnight if you happen to have a gloomy outlook. But with practice, there will gradually be less self-criticism and more self-acceptance in your self-talk. The world around you can therefore become less critical of you.
You’re more able to cope with daily pressures in a more positive way when your state of mind is usually optimistic. The capacity can contribute to the health benefits of positive thinking that are commonly observed.