Being Positive Is Healing For Your Health
Rewiring our self talk, the internal dialogue we have with ourselves a thousand times a day. It’s influenced by and centered in our subconscious minds, and it reveals your thoughts, beliefs, ideas and all our questions we ask ourselves.
Both negative and positive. It can be encouraging, but it can also be quite distressing. Yes we can be our own worst critiques as the saying goes. We can also be our own best cheerleaders. Much of your self-talk depends on our personality,and part of it also depends on how we grew up and what influenced us. This can be anything from cultural to even what we hear on tv. If you’re an optimist, your self-talk may be more hopeful and positive. The opposite is generally true if you tend to be a pessimist.
If you are already an optimist than you may have noticed that your positive outlook on life has provided you with some health benefits.
If your self talk is more on the negative side you will want to emphasize more positive self-talk into your life. By rewiring your negative self talk to positive you will learn to shift that inner dialogue. It can be of great health benefit to you in the short and long term . As we will be exploring some of the awesome health benefits.
Why Is It Good For You And Worth Doing?
Positive self-talk can enhance general well-being. Did you know research shows that positive self-talk can help athletes with performance. It may help them with endurance or to power through a set of heavy weights. Long distance marathons runners have used positive self talk to push through that brick wall and allows them to motivate through to the finish line.
Some of the other benefits of positive self-talk and a more overall optimistic outlook include:
- increased vitality
- a greater life satisfaction
- greatly improved immune function
- reduced pain
- better cardiovascular health
- better physical well-being
- reduced risk for death
- less stress and distress
While it is not totally clear why optimists and individuals with more positive self-talk experience these benefits. There have been a ton of recent research studies that suggests people with positive self-talk may have mental skills that allow them to solve problems, and basically think differently, and be more efficient at coping with hardships or challenges. They have learned to rewire their thoughts and create productive neurons to their benefit. Thus reducing the harmful effects of stress and anxiety. The exciting part is that again research is showing that this rewiring of the subconscious can be learned, so anybody can benefit and improve one’s health simply by thinking differently.
So How Does It Work?
First you must identify your negative thinking or self talk. This will generally fall into one of four categories:
- Personalizing. You blame yourself for everything. ( I just can’t seem to do anything right)
- Magnifying. Your main focus becomes all the negative aspects of a situation, ignoring any and all of the positive no matter how big or small.( I have no money doesn’t matter how hard I work it is never enough. Totally ignoring anything positive from having a job ie: a roof over your head or bills paid)
- Catastrophizing. You expect the worst, and you rarely let logic or reason persuade you otherwise.
- Polarizing. You see the world in black and white, or good and bad. There’s nothing in between and no middle ground for processing and categorizing life events. Absolutely no gray area whatsoever.
When you begin to recognize your types of negative thinking, you can work to turn them into positive thinking. This task requires practice and time and doesn’t develop overnight. The good news is that is can be done. One study in 2012 shows even small children can learn to correct their negative self-talk.
Examples : Good and Bad
Here are just a few examples of our negative self talk and how you can turn them around into positive self-talk. Recognizing some of your own negative self-talk in these examples can help you develop skills to flip the thought when it occurs. This does take practice but remember your health will thank you in the long run.
Negative: If I change my mind and not go I will just disappoint everyone.
Positive: I have the power to change my mind. Others will understand and even if they don’t I know it is alright.
Negative: I failed and now I have embarrassed myself.
Positive: I’m so proud of myself for trying. I have courage because I tried.
Negative: I’m fat and out of shape. I might as well not even bother.
Positive: I am capable and strong, and I am healthier for me.
Negative: I let everyone on my team down because I didn’t score, I am just a loser.
Positive: Sports are a team event. We win and lose together.
Negative: I’ve never done this before and I just know I will be bad at it.
Positive: This is such a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from others and grow.
Negative: There’s just no way this will work.
Positive: I can and will give it my all to make it work.
Some Tips That Have Been Proven To Work
Positive self-talk does take practice especially if it’s not your natural instinct. If you’re generally more negative you can learn to shift and rewire your subconscious inner dialogue to be more positive and overall happier and healthier.
We have to keep in mind that forming new habits takes time and effort. Over time, your thoughts can shift. Positive self-talk can become your norm. These tips can help:
- Identify negative self-talk traps. Certain scenarios may increase your self-doubt and lead to more negative self-talk. Work events, for example, may be particularly hard. Pinpointing when you experience the most negative self-talk can help you anticipate and prepare.
- Check in with your feelings. Stop during events or bad days and evaluate your self-talk. Is it becoming negative? How can you turn it around?
- Laugh. Laughter can help relieve stress and tension. When you need a boost for positive self-talk, find ways to laugh, such as watching funny comedies.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Whether or not you notice it, you can absorb the outlook and emotions of people around you. This includes negative and positive, so choose positive people when you can.
- Positive Affirmations. Sometimes, seeing positive words or inspiring images can be enough to redirect your thoughts. Post small reminders in your office, in your home, and anywhere you spend a significant amount of time.
Positive self-talk and learning to rewire your thoughts on a daily basis can help you improve your outlook on life. It can also have lasting positive health benefits, including a better quality of life. Something that we all want. However, self-talk is a habit made over a lifetime.So keep at it and reap the health benefits of positive self talk without drugs.