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Stress Management – Positive Thinking

By Jacklyn | September 22, 2009

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Overcome negative self-talk by recognizing it and practicing with some examples provided.

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Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic.

In fact, some studies show that these personality traits — optimism and pessimism — can affect many areas of your health and well-being. Positive thinking also is a key part of effective stress management. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. It just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way.

With all this in mind, take a refresher course in positive thinking. Learn how to put positive thinking into action in your own life, and reap the benefits.

Understanding positive thinking and self-talk  

Self-talk is the endless stream of thoughts that run through your head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.

If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and have reduced rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.

Identifying negative thinking
Some common forms of negative self-talk include:

Focusing on positive thinking
Because your self-talk is mainly negative doesn’t mean you’re doomed to an unhappy or unhealthy life. You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. The process is simple, but it takes time and practice — you’re creating a new habit, after all. Here are some ways to think and behave in a more positive way:

Examples of typical negative self-talk and how you might apply a positive twist include:

Practicing positive thinking every day
If you tend to have a negative outlook, don’t expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you. Plus, when you share your positive mood and positive experience, both you and those around you enjoy an emotional boost.

Practicing positive self-talk will improve your outlook. When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you’re able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking.

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Topics: Affirmations, Health Tips, Personal Development, Positive Attitude | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “Stress Management – Positive Thinking”

  1. Micah Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Great post! This is very helpful. I’m sure I’d visit your site more often. Anyway, you can drop by my favorite online hang out too, at UK Student Community. Thanks!

  2. Patrice Says:
    October 10th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    From now on I will start practicing positive self talk in order to have a positive outlook in life. Thanks for the insights. Keep posting!

  3. Jacklyn Ker Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Hi Micah,

    Welcome to my blog! I hope to see you often and share your comments with me and the rest of the readers. Cheers!

  4. Jacklyn Ker Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Hi Patrice,

    Welcome to Inspiring & Empowering Lives! I’ve visited your blog.. a great personal development blog! You are most welcome to share more topics on personal development here, especially on self esteem. You can write a guest post here if you are keen.

    look forward to hear from you…

    Love, Jacklyn Ker

  5. personal development Says:
    December 6th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Personal development seems hard to me but now I started reading different books and materials like CD, DVD and its being easy for me. Thanks for your helpful post which will help me in future.

  6. Baker Says:
    December 8th, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Nice post here! I found you on the Kaliedscope thing. I appreciate how you have the negative thinking laid out in a format that is easy to recognize when we see it pop up in ourselves.

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    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:43 am

    stress management is needed if you want to become a very efficient worker*”‘

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    stress management is easy, just take some deep breathing exercises and a short nap”~-

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