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Cut out the negative thinking and be more optimistic with these 5 tips

Updated on:1 June 2020, 18:04pm IST
When the going gets tough, it’s time to turn to positive thinking and optimism in order to cope with stress, anxiety, and the lot.
Dr Ashutosh Srivastava
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Optimism pays, especially when a long and healthy life is concerned. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

What’s the secret to a long and healthy life? If you’re inclined to say a balanced diet and exercise, then let us tell you that you’re almost there. Because while your food intake and activity levels do impact your quality of life, the secret to a health life lies with positive thinking

Believe it or not, optimism has a host of health benefits that you just cannot do without. In fact, from giving you better immunity and boosting your stress response—here’s how positive thinking can improve your health:

It can improve your coping abilities
Optimism can help you move past challenges, helping you approach them as changeable, external to yourself, and not self-defining.

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Focus on the abundance you already have first thing in the morning to cope with anything that goes wrong. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

It can boost your immunity
Positivity can help fight disease and boost your immune system.

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Who knew that staying happy can impact our physical health as well? Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In fact, optimism was found to be linked with a lower risk of dying from infections, such as respiratory disease.

It can help you deal with the covid-19 pandemic
Positive thinking decreases anxiety, helps you sleep better, and motivates you to do better—all things we need to cope with this uncertain covid-19 pandemic.

Now that you know optimism is good for you, here’s how you can inculcate it in your life

1. Check-in with yourself
Throughout the day, notice when a negative thought starts running through your head. Just noticing where your negativity tends to focus itself can help you identify opportunities for positivity.

2. Stay active
Regular physical activity helps reduce stress and anxiety, making it easier for you to see the bright side of any challenge. Try to get 30 minutes of exercise every day, and focus on a healthy diet that nourishes your mind and body.

3. Meditate without fail
Just 10 minutes of meditation every day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve your health, and aid more positive self-talk. Mindfulness is another powerful tool to improve your mental and spiritual health.

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Meditation can truly become the vessel through which you experience peace and clarity. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

4. Surrounding yourself with positive people
If you’ve got a close friend, co-worker or family member who tends to spread negativity, their pessimism could become contagious and raise your stress levels.

So it is imperative that you try to surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive, and who you can trust to give helpful advice and feedback.

5. Practice gratitude
Gratitude can help reduce stress, improve heart health, and give you a better night’s sleep. Not to mention that wonderful sense of appreciation for the things and people that makes your life great!

To summarize, sometimes life throws you curveballs that aren’t easy to get through with a smile. Even though practicing positivity may not always be easy, it’s worth the effort for your health and longevity.

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Dr Ashutosh Srivastava Dr Ashutosh Srivastava

Dr Ashutosh Srivastava is the medical director of Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital in Pune.