The Mayo Clinic reports that there are health benefits that come from positive thinking besides better a psychological wellbeing like lower rates of depression and better coping skills during times of hardship and stress. Physical wellbeing benefits include greater resistance to the common cold, reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and even an increased life span.
While it’s not clear why positive thinking has health benefits, one theory is a positive outlook enables you to better cope with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It's also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, don't smoke or drink alcohol in excess and spend time with friends.
Enhance positive behaviors, learn tools for managing self-doubt and improve self-confidence. Discover ways to manage negative self-talk and emotions in addition to the importance of setting aside time to engage in self-care activities each day. In order to give the best of ourselves to our loved ones, work, friends and be healthy we need to regularly engage in positive actions toward ourselves and believe that we are worth taking the time. This can be a difficult given our hectic daily schedules but it is possible to achieve without cutting out the things that are most important to us.
It’s a struggle that most women share with Desiree, who is an early career professional in clinical psychology. She too continues to work on work-life balance as well as being kind to herself.
Desiree shares, “it became apparent to me early on in my training that in order to succeed in my line of work I need to make time for myself or risk "burning out". As I navigate various roles in my life I am constantly reminded of the importance of caring for myself. I know this is a struggle that most women share with me and one thing I have learned is that being kind to ourselves and making time for ourselves now can reduce our chances of developing more serious health difficulties in the future. I truly believe that in order to give our family, work, and loved ones the best of ourselves and to be a healthy role model to our families we need to regularly engage in positive actions toward ourselves and to believe that we are worth it.”
You are worth it. Learn to overcome that inner negative voice and come through as a healthier, happier you.
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