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Body: Did you know that positive thinking can lead to long term health benefits? Don’t worry if you’re not a natural-born optimist—a few exercises can help even the most negative of “Nancys” think more positively. According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking has some pretty enticing rewards:
• Longer life span
• Less Stress
• Lower rates of depression
• Improved immune system
• Better stress management and coping skills
• Lower risk of cardiovascular disease-related health
• Increased physical well-being
• Better psychological health
Not only will positivity improve your ability to cope with stress and immunity, it also stands impact to your overall well-being. When you experience positive feelings, you may be more likely to reach your fitness goals, whether you want to reduce your stress, lower your blood pressure, or get more active.
The key to turning negative thinking around is accepting that it won’t happen overnight. Being positive means replacing existing thought patterns, a challenge that requires patience.
Take a deep breath, and when you’re ready to see things in a positive light, here are some tips to help you:
- Identify what you think negatively about. Maybe you’re frustrated about your work-life balance, and how it impacts other parts of your life. Try to focus in on one thing at a time, and with each exercise it will get easier.
- Challenge your negative thoughts—take time to analyze how you’ve been thinking throughout the day. If you catch yourself thinking negatively, try to re-frame your thoughts in a more positive light.
- Try to see humor in the mundane—if you can laugh about it, you may feel less stressed.
- Surround yourself with positive people who can support and give you perspective while you’re shifting your thinking.
These small strategies for overcoming negative thinking may not solve all your problems, but they will certainly help you deal with your current circumstances in the best way you can. And that is the first step toward a healthier outlook on life.
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