Reduce Stress: Eliminate Negative Self-talk
Doctors at Mayo Clinic say positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. They suggest eliminating negative self-talk.
Here are some examples of negative self-talk:
Filtering. You magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all of the positive ones. For example, say you had a great day at work. You completed your tasks ahead of time and were complimented for doing a speedy and thorough job. But you forgot one minor step. That evening, you focus only on your oversight and forget about the compliments you received.
Personalizing. When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself. For example, you hear that an evening out with friends is canceled, and you assume that the change in plans is because no one wanted to be around you.
Catastrophizing. You automatically anticipate the worst. The drive-through coffee shop gets your order wrong and you automatically think that the rest of your day will be a disaster.
Polarizing. You see things as either good or bad, black or white. There is no middle ground. You feel that you have to be perfect or that you’re a total failure.
Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health, but here are some health benefits of positive thinking:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Read Mayo Clinic’s full article, click here.