You might be thinking, why am I blogging about positive thinking? Well, it’s pretty essential. Read on.
“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”Dennis P. Kimbro
The quote above puts things into perspective. We are in control of how we react to different situations in our lives. Positive thinking can change your life if you allow yourself to use your positive thoughts in the right way.
I am an optimist and tend to always look for the positive slant in all situations.
Sure, I have had my moments of stress, anxiety and gloomy days, don’t we all?
But from personal experience, I know that positive thinking works. If you are used to having negative thoughts, it might take you some time to adjust. But it is possible!
Start To Use Positive Thinking And Have A Happier Life
Let’s face it; life is full of ups and downs and things that test us to the absolute limit.
I have the patience of a saint, but some things can send us over the edge. It is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back, and the straw sometimes comes flying from nowhere.
So to encourage you to give it a go. Check out the areas below and boost your life by thinking more positively!
Lower Levels of Stress With Positive Thinking
Stress is a killer.
It can sneak up on you when you least expect it. You might think you are a superhero. But at the end of the day, you are only human.
So, next time you are attending to everybody else, don’t forget about yourself. I’ve been there, and it’s not pretty.
Learn that it is okay to say NO sometimes. You might think you can do EVERYTHING, but the key is in the word. It is EVERYTHING.
When it all gets on top of you, your thoughts will start to flip more and more to the negative.
The Mayo Clinic has a great article about stress management. It explains how positive thinking can reduce your stress levels and also give you many other benefits.
Better Mental and Physical Well-being
When you master having positive thoughts, you will notice changes in both your mental and physical well-being.
Sure, it might take time to get the hang of it, but it is all worth it in the end.
There are so many mental and physical benefits, ranging to more effective problem-solving skills to resistance against the common cold.
It is only logical if you think about it. To have an easy life, you don’t want dis-ease or any disease.
Life is what you make it and your thoughts give you exacting what you want. So, if you wish to have a positive mental and physical state, start thinking positively.
Handle Negative Situations in a More Positive Way
Negative situations will always come your way. The trick is how you handle them. When you are in a horrible situation, it sometimes feels like there is no way out.
It can take guts and determination to see bad things through and get to the other side.
You only need to remember that the other side is there.
Stay motivated and don’t go back, not even an inch. Keep moving forward and get through your negative spell. It doesn’t matter if it is “baby steps”. You’ll get there.
My Dad always says “Look back two years from now, and you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about”.
Thanks, Dad! 🙂
Better Cardiovascular Health
Our heart is the engine that keeps us going every day.
I read an incredible statistic this weekend. It made me think about the connection between our hearts and positive thinking.
On Hopkins Medicine, an article discussed the pure power of positive thinking for your heart.
They looked at people who kept a positive outlook but had a family history of heart disease. These people were one third less likely to have a cardiovascular event or a heart attack in 5-25 years, compared to people who had negative thoughts.
It is a cold statistic that really hits home!
Lower Rates of Depression
A lot of us will sadly experience depression at some point in our lives. According to statistics released by WHO last January, 264 million people of all ages were suffering depression globally.
When you start using positive thinking, your thoughts and dreams are all geared towards positivity.
You spend less time stressing about goals and things in your life. Instead, you learn how to manage goals for personal development. You have focus and enjoy learning and progressing.
Give yourself a personal mind check every week.
Ask yourself, “Am I feeling positive?” “Is there anything that worries me too much?” “Do I have a focus or goal?”
It is an easy way to check your mental state and change course if things are not going well. Also, don’t forget to confide in a friend or family member instead of suffering in silence.
The Positive Thinking Takeaway
I’m an optimist as a rule. This way of thinking makes things a lot easier for me. I look for the positive in adverse situations.
Whatever it is, there will be something there that you can find to help you. Some people refer to it as a “silver lining”.
Start by looking for your silver linings, not in the clouds above, but your life.
It would be great to hear about your positive thinking tips and tricks. Please drop me a note and let me know how you do it![mc4wp_form id=”1365″]
Sally Leslie is a motivational coach and optimist. She helps freelancers and entrepreneurs create balance in their lives and work towards their personal and professional goals. Sally is also a B2B freelance writer for entrepreneurs, SMEs, and startups. A lover of plants, freedom, and football!