Reducing Stress With Positive Thinking
“Proactively working to develop mental strength increases your resilience to stress and reduces the toll it takes on you both physically and mentally.”
Positive thinking can have an amazing and powerful effect on our lives but when we are stressed out we tend to forget all the positive thoughts we’ve had before and succumb to the rigors of our stressful lives. Society as a whole has put stress in the forefront in the hectic and fast-paced life we all lead.
Negativity creeps up when we are stressed and those good thoughts that kept us sane before are nowhere to be found. People with a positive mindset see things in a different light as opposed to those who constantly struggle with life because of a poor mental attitude.
Doctors at The Mayo Clinic have found that using positive thinking as a tool in managing your stress can have many useful benefits.
1- Helps you live a longer and happier life
2- Reduces the instances of depression and anxiety
3- Lowers the risk of both heart disease and heart related deaths
4- Less likelihood of developing colds and flu
5- Helps develop strong coping skills which makes you a stronger and tougher person
6- Helps boost your natural defense system
Believing In The Power Of Positive Thinking
“Being in a positive state of mind is more important than you might think as the mind cannot be creative in a negative state. New ideas, thoughts and inspiration will only take place when the mind is positive.”
For some people, the power of positive thinking can be difficult thing to accept. They don’t understand the power that the mind has over our actions. The universe delivers what we ask it to so when we are negative, we are really asking for a negative solution. Positive people see the endless possibilities of life and live in the now. They believe stress is just a perception of our reality and alter that reality with a clear vision of what they want to happen. They live their lives according the present moment. They don’t waste their time creating all kinds of “what if” scenarios that may never happen. Instead they control their reality by believing in choosing a course of action that leads to a positive outcome.
Positive self talk is another way of reducing stress . The more you feel good about yourself the more ammunition you have to combat the destructive forces that negative self talk can hurl at you.
Thinking positively about who you are on the inside helps you confront the problem when it arises and gives you strength when things go bad. It’s only when you understand where stress is coming from can you battle it. Positive self talk is the difference between falling into depression and allowing things to roll off your back.
When you have a positive outlook on life, you have a clear focus what needs to be done. This way you create less stressful situations which keep you calm in a sea of swirling negativity. Positive people tend to anticipate happiness, good health and bring forth real success in their lives while believing they can overcome any type of obstacle and difficulty that comes their way.
Focusing On Positive Thinking To Control Your Stress
There is an easy way to turn negative thinking into positive success. It starts by creating a new habit within your mind. Expect good things to happen. When you look for the good in life you will find it just as expecting bad things to happen they will appear. It’s all in how you perceive life. Start identifying areas in which you need to change. Become an optimistic person and engage in thinking positive about every situation. The more positive you are, the easier it is to handle stressful situations.
Watch what you are thinking about. Negative people tend to let their minds wander and fall into negativity. The more you listen to your thoughts the more you can control them. Identify areas that cause you to be negative and work on them. Practice the idea of positive self-talk. Listen to your inner dialogue and when negativity enters, change the conversation to a positive affirmation.
Try to surround yourself with only positive people. It has been said that you are comprised of your five closest companions. If they are negative or spout negative comments, they are influencing you in the wrong direction. They can prevent you from reaching your true potential. Make sure your circle of friends are supportive of your ideas, dreams and are capable of giving thoughtful and helpful advice when you need it.
Before doing anything, visualize a positive outcome in any given situation. It will give you a leg up on whether you succeed or fail. When you know you will succeed, it gives you the confidence to make it happen. When you are dealing with negative feelings, stress makes you doubt yourself thereby increasing the stress you already feel.
Positive Thinking Is A Way of Life
“You have to develop a habit of saying positive things about yourself. It’s almost like tricking your mind sometimes because although you may not necessarily ‘feel’ that way, you’ll get into the habit of thinking positive things about yourself subconsciously.”
To enjoy the fruits of positive thinking we must employ it everyday in everything we do. In fact, we must ooze positive vibes which in turn bring positive people, outcomes and things into our lives. What’s the difference between positive and negative people? It’s all in their attitude. Positive people are uplifting and fun to be with. Negative people are physically draining and brings us down. Our body language shows the true way we feel. Positive and negative thinking are as contagious as the flu and whichever one you decide to adopt you will attract like-minded people to you. The more negative people are in your circle the more stress you will feel.
Did you know that when you are negative, you release poisons into the bloodstream which causes you to be more unhappy and much more negative? That is why failure, frustration and disappointment follow negative people like the plague. A positive attitude brings optimism into your life. It helps you to think constructively, helps you to become a more creative person as well as giving you the energy and motivation to accomplish your goals.
The next time you are feeling stressed out and feel like screaming, take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and meditate on some positive affirmations. These are like giving yourself a pep talk. Get into the habit of praying and believing you are loved. Positive affirmations bring on a quiet confidence and allows you to be calm in the most stressful of situation. This takes some practice but the more you do it the less stress you will feel.
We all need to reduce the stress in our lives and using positive thinking is the best remedy I know to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.