There Is Power In a Positive Attitude.
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”-Willie Nelson
Dear Negative Thoughts,
We’re just not good for each other. I’ve decided we need to break up. I’m moving on and replacing you with Positive Thoughts!
Life happens! There will always be stressful, challenging times throughout our lives. Stress is a natural part of life and we all experience it. However, your mind is an incredibly powerful tool and with a little exercise, even the most negative of Nelly’s can turn their thought process around.
We all have the power to create a positive atmosphere through what we believe, think and choose. A positive and optimistic attitude will help to diffuse stressful situations and help cope with life’s biggest challenges. How we choose to respond to those challenges will make all the difference in the world, not only to you but to everyone else around you too.
Below are a few exercises to train your brain to spring ahead with a positive attitude:
Exercises to train your brain to stay positive:
- Take care of your body. A healthy plant-based diet and regular exercise will nourish the body, boost your mood, support your detox organs and keep your lymph’s moving.
- Practice positive affirmations first thing in the morning. They will set the tone for your day inspiring you to change the way you think. Speak kindly to yourself. Stand up straight and walk with confidence.
- Savor life’s joys. Don’t look back. Practice living in the moment. Whatever you enjoy, do more of it.
- Avoid over thinking. Come to terms with the situation and/or your decision. Focus on a solution and not the problem or focus on your attitude and efforts. Maybe simply change your activity to redirect your thinking.
- Have gratitude. Be thankful for all the good things in your life. Make a list. Keep a gratitude journal.
- Learn to forgive. Accept what is and make peace with it. Let go of fear, anger, guilt, regrets, and worrying, blaming, predicting, mistaking, labeling, personalizing, catastrophizing. It will set you free to move forward in a positive way.
- Practice acts of kindness. Do one random act of kindness a day. It will give you a sense of purpose.
- Invest in the ones you love and those within your life. Express positive emotions. Tell them today because tomorrow is never promised.
- Make sure that you are routinely getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night so that you awake refreshed and rejuvenated. Be sure to make your bed each morning. This will bring about a sense of accomplishment to start your day.
- Keep good company. Attitudes affect others and are contagious. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
Positive thinking contributes to your overall health and wellbeing as well. If you keep your mind in a good shape, you will be less prone to depression and anxiety.
The benefits of positive thinking:
- Positive thinkers will have less stress and more control over the way they respond to negative situations. You will experience more joy and happiness by letting go and moving on. When you have a strong positive attitude you won’t give up on things.
- Finding the positive in a negative situation will help put your mind at ease, redirect your thinking and allow you to move forward with good intentions.
- A positive attitude will improve immune health and give you a better quality of life.
- Positive thinking boosts self-esteem. Focus on all of your good qualities. You’ll feel more confident in your daily life and when making decisions
- You will be more appreciative of the here and now. Positive thinkers find the lessons along the way.
- More success. Your attitude is an excellent predictor of your success. When you expect the best you will continue until you reach your goals.
- Positive thinkers inspire others to think positively. People are attracted to you solely because of your positive attitude will be around more often.
- A positive attitude attracts positive results. Believe in yourself and keep focusing on your goals. Set daily goals or a to-do list.
How to get out of a momentary funk:
- Get Moving! Go for a walk. Change your location or your perspective.
- Get some fresh air
- Drink lots of water
- Read some inspirational quotes
- Take deep breaths
- Call a friend
- Yoga! You are one class away from a good mood.
- Essential oils. Here is a great diffuser blend recipe: 1 drop Myrrh, 1 drop Eucalyptus, 1 drop lime
We all go through certain phases and challenges in our lives and sometimes we may need to take a step back and reassess our situation. If you’ve been in a funk or spend too much of your energy in a negative state it’s the perfect season to turn it around! It may not come easily but I challenge you to spring forward with a positive attitude. Challenge yourself to add at least one brain exercise a day.
What do you do to turn a negative into a positive?
Patient Care Coordinator
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Chiropractic Physician
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