Humans tend to get over 50,000 thoughts in a day and have you ever thought about what percentage of negative thoughts do we get in a day? Throughout the day, more than 60% of thoughts are negative. What do they result in? Stress, anxiety, and depression? The answer is that not only do stress and anxiety, but they can also result in major mental health issues which can impact our mental and physical wellbeing. What do you do to manage such negative thoughts?
The power of positive thinking can help in overcoming negative thoughts and it can also help as a stress management technique. Someone appropriately said that “what you think throughout the day reflects your life.” Then why not fill it with positivity or optimism? Positive thinking can change your entire outlook of life along with your attitude towards life. It really does not matter if you’re optimistic or pessimistic having positive thinking and a positive outlook can change your outlook towards everything and additionally it also works as an effective stress management technique. In this blog, we will understand the benefits of positive thinking and how to think positively. So, let’s get started.
The Benefits of Positive Thinking
Some of the common mental health benefits of positive thinking are:
- Reduces rate or chances of depression
- Increases life span
- Reduces levels of stress and anxiety
- Introduces resistance into the mind or brain
- Improves psychological and physical wellbeing
- Improves heart health and reduces the risk of getting heart-related diseases
- Teaches coping and management skills during hard times and stress
- Improves quality of life
- Increases energy levels
- Improves recovery rate from any chronic illness or injury
- Decreases the chances of getting common cold or flu
- Reduces the chances of getting or experiencing any mental health issue
- Improves self-esteem
Other benefits of positive thinking are:
- Lowers the risk of death from breast cancer
- Lowers the risk of death from colorectal cancer
- Reduces the risk of death from infection
- Reduces the risk of death from heart disease
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How to Think Positively
1. By avoiding negative self-talk
Self-talk means the things you tell to your mind about yourself. This means the inner voice or inner critic that keeps performing and interacting with us throughout the day. And as I mentioned about, while we think we tend to get 60% negative thoughts which reduce our self-esteem. The only way to break the pattern of negative self-talk is to identify your thinking pattern and actively work on changing them into positive self-talk.
2. By trying humor as a motivational tool
When I say humor, you don’t have to be really funny or have light-heartedness in your life. All I am saying is to remain humorous even when life is challenging you a lot. Sometimes, seeking the little help of humor helps in brightening our outlook and changes our day entirely.
3. By cultivating optimism
Cultivating optimism is an art that strengthens us. The more we cultivate optimism, the more resilient we become. The way you think, the way you talk, the way you believe, and the way you get going throughout the day can be changed into optimistic thinking. Stop thinking negatively; just go throughout the day with optimism.
4. By practicing gratitude
Gratitude is another great tool for positive thinking. You can begin by maintaining a gratitude journal and write about 5 things you liked about today or you are being grateful for. Whenever you find yourself dwelling on negative thoughts, bring out your journal, and read about your expressed gratitude towards life.
5. By keep practicing positive self-talk
When you are set on the road of positivity, you don’t have to look back or stop. Just keep moving on the road of positivity. It does not really matter how challenging or difficult life can be, stick to positive self-talk like “I can do it, I will do it or I will definitely achieve this.”
6. By spending time with positive people
The other best and effective way to learn positive thinking is to surround yourself with people who think positively. Consider people who are worth spending time with, create bonds with them, and learn from them. Being surrounded by positive people can help in improving your self-esteem and will help you in reaching your goals.
7. By identifying areas of negativity
Identifying your areas of negativity means being open to negative criticism as well. Don’t worry, you will make it through. All you have to do is to identify the pattern of negative thinking and change them into positivity. Basically, it’s a self-assessment tool but it is really effective for changing your outlook towards life.
8. By starting every day on a positive note
You can create a routine of starting every day with someone positive and uplifting. in order to do this, you can take the help of positive affirmations, listen to motivational songs, or practice gratitude for everyone nice you know around you.
9. By focusing on the brighter side
Indeed, obstacles and challenges are a part of life and we cannot change them or stop them. However, we can change our outlook towards them. By focusing on the bright side, we can balance out our outlook towards life and can also think about how to overcome the obstacle or challenge.
I hope this blog helps you to understand the benefits of positive thinking and how to think positively.
Thanks for reading!
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