With 2019 upon us, now is the time to focus on the new year. One of the best ways to have a healthy mental attitude is to keep a positive outlook. Life will throw you a few curve balls, and how you deal with those really does improve how you can stay driven and happy in the year ahead while maintaining a positive mental attitude.
Positive thinking is not a new concept; there are thousands of self-help books and seminars out there for the taking, but focusing your mind to think positive helps carry you through adversity and anything that life decides to throw at you. The Mayo Clinic has a great post about the health benefits of positive thinking.
Some of the health benefits on positive thinking are
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
One of the most recent posts from Psychology Today covered 11 ways to boost positive thinking.
Strengthen your brain’s ability to pay attention on the positive
If you are only focused on the negative aspects then you will find it harder to recognize and pay attention of the positive aspects that are happening in your life.
Stop the all-or-nothing thinking
All or nothing thinking is when we view any situation as being good or bad. Being in this mindset makes it harder to see the wins that happen if you are thinking that something is negative when it really was a success.
Staying focused on the positive during 2019, but still being able to process think about the negative is a great mental health focus to have in 2019. The stronger you are mentally the better you are going to be with being able to help your clients.
At the end of the day, we want to feel productive and happy. Mental health first begins with you. Make yourself a priority, and invest in yourself by adopting a positive mental attitude.