Realising that your feelings are something you can control is an empowering moment, you can choose what you think and feel about the situations you find yourself in. After your initial feelings give yourself a chance to reflect and look at things in a more positive light.
Positive thinking has the health benefits of...
- Increasing life span.
- Lowering depression.
- It can help you cope better with stress and hardships.
- It can improve your immunity.
- Give you greater overall wellbeing.
- Doom and gloom.
- Filtering. Do not magnify negative situations.
- Personalizing. Do not blame yourself for situations out of your control.
- Catastrophizing. Do not anticipate the worst.
- Polarising. Life is not just good and bad, look for the middle ground.
Tips for Positive Thinking
- Check your glass... is it half full or half empty, try to always look on the brighter side.
- Change your thoughts from negative to positive.
- Make a list of all the positive things in your life.
- Don't hold grudges, it can make you miserable.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Live in the moment, the past has gone and the future unknown.
- Look after your health.
- Be kind to yourself.
- Try new things.
- Help others.
- Learn yoga and meditation.
- Be grateful.
- Commit to change.
- Expect less.
- Take positive action.
Learning to think positive when you are suffering from depression, consumed with grief, illness, divorce, coming to terms with events of the past, it is not easy. Be kind to yourself and give yourself time, find tiny positives, and build on them. If you are struggling seek support from a counsellor, family, friends, doctor, or other health care professional, do not suffer in silence. For more information www.mind.org.uk , www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_tips.htm