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We have all heard it our lives. Thinking positive and staying positive is good for us. Having a negative outlook affects us mentally and physically. But what exactly does the power of positivity mean? We are going to talk about that today. So whether you could use some help with changing your mindset or some encouragement on keeping it, todays blog could help.

What is Positive Thinking?

Have you heard the saying “the glass is always half full or half empty”? Oftentimes, that is pertaining to how someone thinks or perceives things. We each have a default mindset when we hear or contemplate a scenario. If our minds default to considering the good outcome or finding a possible good, even in bad situations, we are seen as having a positive outlook or positive thinking. Have you ever met someone that regardless of what scenario you discuss with them, they immediately jump to the negative conclusion? I think we have all met a person like that.  They have a negative mindset, or they are negative thinkers. Below we talk about the power of positivity and how it affects our well-being.

Does Being Positive Really Help?

There are so many studies out there that look at our physical and mental health and how it is affected by the type of thinker we are. You can Google the term and learn so much. Although there are many studies that look at the topic from different perspectives, the outcomes are mostly similar. When we are intentional to change the way we process situations, it can have positive affects in our lives. But first we must recognize the need for change and make a decision to act upon it. The findings below could help you make that decision. These are a just a few impacts having a positive mindset can help.

  • Improved psychological health
  • Longer life span
  • Better stress management and coping
  • Improved immune system to common illnesses
  • Decreased depression
  • Reduced heart related illnesses
  • Improved relationships
  • Boosts productivity
  • Increased energy

We could all use more of this list in our lives, couldn’t we? Which of these impacts has the most appeal to you?

How Can I Change My Thoughts?

If you have struggled with negative self-talk for most of your life, changing that could seem hard. Remember, it’s ok to decide just one step and work on that. Change happens in small increments over time, not overnight. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time. Persistence is the key to change and looking at results over longer time. Before you know it you will be looking back and with gratitude over the difference the power of positivity has had in your life. Below are steps that can help you change your mindset from negative to positive.

  • Acknowledge your thoughts
  • Encourage yourself with positive statements
  • Ponder all outcomes, not just the negative
  • Keep a thought journal to reflect back on
  • A gratitude journal can help keep good things in mind
  • Talk to yourself in third person, using your name to address yourself, our subconscious minds responds differently to hearing our name
  • Remind yourself of positive or good things that have happened recently
  • Schedule down time in nature, being creative or just being quite
  • Remember the challenges you have already conquered

I want to remind you; change will not happen overnight. But, if you stay committed to go easier on yourself and talk more positive, you can see change over time. If you have tried to take steps toward improved mental health, but struggle to make headway, you are not alone. Sometimes we have events in our lives that require professional help to guide us through. Upstate Restorative Counseling is here. Our therapists have a passion for helping people find freedom in their lives. Reach out if you are ready take your life back and live out your life goals.