Think Positive – Be Positive

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A positive attitude can improve the quality of your life and improve your health. You won’t believe what studies indicate a positive attitude will do for you:

  • increase your life span
  • reduce your risk of depression
  • reduce feelings of distress
  • provide greater resistance to the common cold
  • improved mental and physical well-being
  • provide better coping skills for times of stress and hardship

Wow! So, what is it about a positive attitude that reaps all of these health rewards? It’s thought that a positive attitude lessens the harmful effects of stress through better coping skills. It doesn’t mean that less-than-pleasant situations are ignored, but rather approached in a more positive and productive way. Positive people are also generally thought to be more physically active, eat a better diet, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol in excess.

Positive thinking starts with positive self-talk–you know, the endless stream of automatic thoughts that run through your head. You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking; here are some examples to get you going.

Instead of… Think…
I’ve never done it before. It’s an opportunity to learn something new.
It’s too complicated. I’ll tackle it from a different angle.
I don’t have the resources. Necessity is the mother of invention.
I’m too lazy to get this done. I wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule, but I can re-examine some priorities.
There’s no way it will work. I can try to make it work.
It’s too radical a change. Let’s take a chance.
No one bothers to communicate with me. I’ll see if I can open the channels of communication.
I’m not going to get any better at this. I’ll give it another try.
I’ll never be able to lose weight like that person. I wonder what I can learn from her experience. If she can do it, then I can, too.
Eating healthy is too difficult. I’m worth making the effort to select healthy foods.
I’m such a failure. I’ve learned from my mistakes and I’m ready to be successful.
I can’t. I can and I will.

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Goal Setting is Powerful

2017-01-18

2017 – Your Healthiest Year Yet

Goal setting is a powerful process that has the capability to turn your dreams into reality.  The process helps you to define your goals, clarify your focus, avoid distractions and move your life forward.  As you start to find success with goal setting, your motivation will build and you will have confidence to set larger goals and see them through to fruition.

You can do this…one step at a time.

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Celebrate and Reward

2017-01-17

2017 – Your Healthiest Year Yet

Celebrate and Reward.  Be sure to celebrate each of your successes.  It might be simply saying “Yes!” to yourself as you manage a moment, new workout clothing after a week of meeting exercise goals, eating meals on china, a new hairstyle, a planned trip, or taking a class that you have always wanted. Appreciate and reward yourself for all of your hard work—you earned it.

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Plan, Plan, and Plan

2017-01-16

2017 – Your Healthiest Year Yet

Plan, Plan, and Plan. Take the time to plan meals and snacks in advance.  Add up the protein ahead of time to be sure you will meet your goal.  Pack a lunch/snack bag the night before.  Plan exercise into your daily routine.  Plan for celebrations—can you shift the emphasis from food?

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Get Support

2017-01-15

2017 – Your Healthiest Year Yet

Get Support.  A community of likeminded people will encourage you, inspire you and help you through the tough times.  You are not in this alone.  Many others have faced the same giants and have overcome them—connect with those people and support each other.

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