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Five Ways to Think Positive for Good Health

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on November 29, 2017

 Positive thinking helps to control stress and improve overall health. Researchers continue to look into the effects of positive thinking on health, but as of now they believe it could increase life span, lower rates of depression, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Here are five quick ways to help you move towards more positive thinking!

1. Practice positive self-talk
 Most people have an inner monologue, topics you think about or even debate in your head, but never say aloud. Often this talk is negative and self-doubting. Change your inner monologue and become your own biggest cheerleader. Celebrate your strengths and acknowledge that you are doing a great job improving upon your weaknesses.

2. Surround yourself with positive people
 Negativity is contagious. Make sure the people in your life are positive and supportive. The phrase “you are the company you keep” has validity here.

3. Take things one day at a time
 To-do lists continue to grow, responsibilities pile up, and life always throws an unexpected turn. Try your best not to become overwhelmed. Prioritize the tasks of the day and plan how you will effectively cross them off your list.

4. Forget regrets
 Regret is something that stands in the way of a positive future. Let go of heavy negativity from the past. Once you come to terms with the past, you will instantly feel lighter and more positive. Accept the past, realize you control the present, and determine your future.

5. Practice mindfulness
 Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment. Acknowledge and accept what you are feeling, thinking, and doing. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to decrease negative thoughts. It helps to move your focus from things you are upset or worried about to the present moment. Mindfulness is a great way to slow down and shift your attention to the positive.

Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT

About The Author

Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT

Mairead is a registered dietitian, media personality, and founder of the popular health and wellness blog "My Healthy Ending." She studied Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, completed her supervised practice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Mairead’s philosophy is grounded in the power of whole foods, plant-based nutrition, and an active lifestyle.

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