Positive thinking can make you feel better in the moment, but can it make you better overall? There are links between our emotions and our physical wellness, so while thinking positive thoughts may not substitute for exercise or a balanced diet, there is a definite association between positive thinking and health.
Beating Yourself Up It Makes Worse
We usually think of stress as being from external factors like work or traffic, but a surprising amount of stress in our lives comes from within. When a problematic situation arises, or even if we anticipate a difficult situation, some of us criticize ourselves and begin thinking of ways that things could go wrong.
It is essential to understand the possible downsides of any position taken. In formulate constructive solutions, try not to spend too much time thinking about the dangers of a situation. Positive thinking brings a different perspective into the process. Even when we may be unprepared to deal with them, try not to let the problem overpower calm and reflective positive thinking. Remaining calm is a crucial factor in preventing any spike in unhealthy stress levels that can come from a problem and then trying to resolve any matter that requires your attention.
This stress can make it harder for you to think logically and control the situation, and note that too much stress over a long period can contribute to health problems, including weight gain and heart disease.
The next time that you start to worry about a situation stop, and reflect. Try looking at it from a different perspective and with positive thoughts instead. Find a workable solution to correct the situation rather than thinking about how the problem could get worse. This small instance of positive thinking will lower your stress levels, making you feel more comfortable and maintain control over the situation.
Positive Thinking Helps Your Coping Mechanism
Stressing about negative situations can do more than prevent you from solving the problem at hand. It can also make issues worse and create problems of its own. When we are stressed or otherwise upset about something, many of us can easily slip into making unhealthy decisions, whether that’s turning to comfort food or drugs. Even legal ones like tobacco and alcohol can harm your health pretty quickly.
Positive thinking on the bright side can protect your health from the direct effects of stress, as well as these additional problems that can come on when tempted to manage your stress in unhealthy ways.
A Lack of Positive Thinking Can Cause Illness
As discussed above, too much anxiety over too long a period can be bad for the heart. It can be partially due to those secondary concerns mentioned in that last paragraph, like a diet. However, it can also be due to stress itself. Stress is a complicated phenomenon in the body, involving many chemicals being created and released into your blood.
This cascade of events evolved in humans to help us run from predators or fight invaders, but a faster pulse and slowed digestion don’t help us get over the loss of a loved one or the frenzy of tax time. Our ancient ancestors needed the stress response to escape danger, but it can tend to stick around too long in today’s modern world.
It can draw on your body’s resources and even stop it from fighting an infection like it is supposed to. Trying positive thinking can be useful for your emotional health, but it might also help you avoid whatever bug is going around. Looking on the bright side with positive thinking can be difficult, but it is possible when you take it seriously and make it a daily practice.
While some people avoid trying very hard to have positive thought because they think it’s just a bunch of feel-good nonsense, this article has hopefully helped you understand some of the physical benefits of positive thinking.