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Positive thinking is the first step to better physical and mental wellbeing. Positive thinking doesn’t mean keeping your head in the sand and ignoring life’s less than pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. Here are 10 tips on positive thinking.
Shifting your Mindset: 10 Ways to Stay Positive
- Smile: It may sound obvious, but smiling during a stressful situation actually triggers your brain to feel more relaxed.
- Do a Random Act of Kindness: Brightening someone else’s day can brighten your day. Try to give back to foster feelings of self-worth.
- Dress to Feel Beautiful: While this may sound shallow, by dressing for how you want to feel, you can actually boost your confidence.
- Join the Zen Zone: Fredrickson and her partners emphasize that people who meditate daily actually display more positive emotions than those who do not.
- Try Something New: Personal achievement and accomplishments can promote self-confidence. By taking a class or learning something new from a friend, you can feel more accomplished.
- Get Moving: Even light exercise can have serious mood-altering effects. Exercise of any kind triggers endorphins, which naturally improve your happiness levels.
- Just Write: There are many health benefits to journaling, one of which is increased positivity when writing about positive experiences. Not only can you relive the happiness as you write it, but you can also relive it every time you read it.
- Simply Stand Straight: Seems easy enough, right? Good posture is the quickest way to feeling in control. By refraining from slouching, you can improve your breathing and reduce your stress.
- Surround Yourself with Support: Joining a support group is a great way to learn more about your condition and new medical advancements. It can also help you make new friends and to maintain an active social life.
- Eat Right: We’ve all heard that you are what you eat, but it’s true that food has a strong impact on how we feel. Healthy foods are better for your body, which in turn is better for your mind.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a chronic lung disease like COPD or interstitial lung disease, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065 to learn if stem cell therapy could help you breathe easier.