Unfortunately, in bad situations we can be our own worst critics, making it seem like there’s no use in trying. However, being positive in a difficult situation can prove to be much more beneficial to your emotional and physical health. You can start to retrain your thinking today by working in these simple exercises and reminders in your daily life.
- Use verbal affirmations at least once a day to help shift your inner dialogue. When you are in the midst of a negative thought realize it and make yourself say something positive like “I will make this a good day.” At first it will feel strange, but the more often you do it, the easier it will become and the more your attitude will begin to shift.
- Surround yourself with positive people and images to keep you calm and happy. Being around negative people can influence your thoughts and self-esteem in a major way.
- Remind yourself of what you are thankful and grateful for. It can be easy to focus on the bad or negative things and look over the good things happening in your life. Take a moment each day to appreciate the positive things no matter how big or small.
While it may seem unimportant, positive thinking can provide many health benefits including increased life expectancy, lessened risk of depression, strengthened immune system and lowered cardiovascular disease rates.