Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health.
The Mayo Clinic describes positive thinking as “It doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.”
There are little things you can introduce to your day-to-day life to be more positive:
Take time to relax and unwind
Relax with a book or an uplifting film. Having time to relax is incredibly important and will help your mind to refocus on important decisions when they arise. Give yourself some quiet time with no phones or disturbances, just five minutes a day can help to reduce stress and keep yourself calm.
Give yourself permission to smile and laugh!
Go out with friends or family and have fun! Tell jokes, play games or go shopping. Let loose and enjoy yourself. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals and has been proven to decrease stress levels.
Surround yourself with positive people and remove negativity
If there are negative elements in your life – remove them – surround yourself with positivity.
Follow a healthy lifestyle – exercise is a great starting point!
Go for a walk outside, or play some sports with friends. Exercise is proven to help tackle stress, it boosts the production of endorphins and will improve your mood, relax your body and give you a hit of self-confidence.
If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, try and find a way of putting a positive spin on them. Practice positive self-motivation. Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health.