What’s What Wednesday: The Power Behind Positive Thinking
The benefits of “positive thinking” go far beyond the fluffy term itself. Most of us may find ourselves wondering if this way of thinking truly works. Is there even science behind this? The answer is, yes! Positive thinking not only allows us to feel good about ourselves, but science has proven that our thoughts have the ability to shape our brain and the way it works. Thinking positive goes as far as allowing individuals to reshape their brains by activating certain portions that were once considered non-functional. Training the brain to have constant, repetitive positive thinking can have lasting effects and promote a happier and healthier lifestyle.
The big question many need answered is what we can do to promote this lifestyle change for ourselves. Being constantly positive isn’t always the easiest task to accomplish, especially if you are having a bad day or simply worried about an upcoming exam.
Regardless, you have the power within yourself to overcome the intrusive, negative thoughts these instances often present.
Here are some helpful tips when dealing with some of the most common negative thoughts:
Worrying: Worrying can occur when you continuously think about a problem, situation, event, etc. The thoughts are constant and can lead to anxiety, stress, obsession, and loss of sleep. The solution in this case is simple…focus your mind on something different and re-direct your thoughts. Challenge your mind to think of the best rather than the worst. You can immediately feel the effects of positive thinking once you change your mind to focus on the best possible outcome rather than the worst possible outcome.
Fear: Fear is a natural human instinct and may be good in some instances. However, when fear gets in the way of stopping you from achieving your goals, this is when it becomes an issue. At this point, negative thoughts are dominating over the positive thoughts. The solution here is once again re-directing the thoughts that are causing fear. Start thinking about how things will work out rather than fearing that they won’t. Begin to take positive action to achieve positive results. You are good enough!
Mental Illness: Mental illness refers to a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, phobias, and more. These conditions can be physically and emotionally trying and even interfere with your daily life. The problem is that some people may need some additional support when seeking to live a positive thinking lifestyle when dealing with these destructive thoughts and feelings. The solution in this case is that you must know you are not alone and it is okay to reach out for help. There are professionals that are trained to work specifically with individuals who experience these conditions. Speaking with a trained professional can allow someone to uncover and change these destructive thoughts and turn them into a positive thinking pattern which can ultimately lead to a healthier life.