In addition to sticking to the eating plan, keeping a positive attitude is also important. Having the right mind set is crucial to obtaining your goals!
Did you know there are many health benefits to positive thinking???
- Increased life span
- Better physical and psychological well-being
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better coping skills during hardships and stressful times
- Lower rates of depression
- Reduced risk of death from heart disease
- Lower levels of distress
SOOOOOO, take a deep breath and put this into action....
Here are some examples of negative self-talk and how you can apply a positive thinking twist to them. (Mayo Clinic, 2011)
|Negative self-talk||Positive thinking|
|I've never done it before.||It's an opportunity to learn something new.|
|It's too complicated.||I'll tackle it from a different angle.|
|I don't have the resources.||Necessity is the mother of invention.|
|I'm too lazy to get this done.||I wasn't able to fit it into my schedule but can re-examine some priorities.|
|There's no way it will work.||I can try to make it work.|
|It's too radical a change.||Let's take a chance.|
|No one bothers to communicate with me.||I'll see if I can open the channels of communication.|
|I'm not going to get any better at this.||I'll give it another try.|