I have been going through a lot since late last year. There were so many problems with business and relationships and now my health. I try to maintain a positive attitude but sometimes it’s just really hard. I am grateful that I find inspiration everyday from so many things. I am at a point in my life when I just want to take hold of the reigns again and just be positive about things. Positive thinking does not mean that everything is okay or should be okay. It is about finding a balance when everything seems to be going wrong. It’s not easy, I tell you but I keep practicing. Let me share with you some benefits of positive thinking.
It calms your mind
How we think affects our daily events. I find that when I receive some bad news at the start of the day, it goes on and on throughout. The only time it stops is when I try to look at things differently. I stop thinking about the negative and start thinking happy thoughts.
Automatic positive thinking takes a lot of practice but it is very beneficial. It helps me calm down and re-focus on my goals.
It’s good for your health
The main reason I practice positive thinking is for my health. It’s very easy for a person with PM to get depressed even for no apparent reason at all. We just get depressed. Negative thoughts increase a person’s stress levels and stress is bad for the health. It is actually one of the reasons for so many diseases in this age. Stress stops your body from healing itself.
Thinking positive thoughts regularly helps the body become resilient. The body also releases neurohormones to fight stress hormones so you can combat illnesses better. You need to keep your immune system up so you don’t get weak and be susceptible to diseases.
It gives you a healthy glow
A smile instantly brightens your face and somehow it also makes you feel better. If you are always stressed, it shows in your eye area, your skin is dull and it just makes you look and feel ugly. I would always hear the more mature members of my family say that the reason why someone is ugly is because of their attitude. Bad attitude = ugly appearance.
Stressing out can also give you acne and eczema. I’m sure you’ve already experienced having sudden skin breakouts after a long night of partying or after a very stressful day in the office. I experience breakouts whenever I’m stressed so I try to stay away from it as much as possible.
It changes the way you see yourself
Positive thinking makes you believe in yourself more. It solidifies and improves your relationship with yourself. You just feel more confident and in control of your actions and your life if you constantly give yourself affirmations. You are in charge of the way you think and feel. When you are kind to yourself, other things just fall into place.
It improves your relationships
Because you feel good about yourself and you are constantly happy, you improve your relationship with your spouse, your family, your friends and colleagues. You also attract positive people. Remember the old saying misery loves company? You don’t want miserable people around you. You want to surround yourself with people who share the same positive outlook and who have the same goals.
My husband has terrible mood swings. Back in the day, I would get mad at him when he gets into one of his moods. I would pick a fight and constantly ask him what was going on because I know for sure that I didn’t do anything to piss him off. Over the years, I’ve learned to just let him be when he’s in a bad mood. He’ll eventually come around. I just stay positive in the hopes that it will affect him. I totally ignore his bad mood and talk to him as if nothing is going on. This way, I don’t get pissed and my world is still at peace. I don’t let it affect me anymore.
I have personally experienced the benefits of positive thinking. Since February of this year, I have gone through a lot in terms of my health. One Sunday morning, I saw a movie that reminded me of all the good things in my life that the Lord has given me. Something inside me snapped and I just let go of all the stress and the sadness and the worries. I just believed that I am okay. The very next day when we went to the hospital to undergo some tests, they finally found out what was wrong and what was causing all these trouble. It turns out, it’s just a minor thing that we don’t have to worry about. It will eventually fix itself. My whole family and even my doctors were relieved. I won’t be a hypocrite and say that I do not worry anymore. I've gone through some traumatic events in the past few months and sometimes I still get scared or worry that it might happen again. What I do is I bring myself back to the now. Because the world is okay now. Now is peaceful. Now is perfect.
I hope I’ve given you enough brain candy to “munch on” this Sunday. = )
I also hope this post reaches those who need it the most.