Health and wellness go beyond food and physical exercise. How we think and talk is a higher focus on improved health. It’s truly amazing how many of us think and talk with negativity as a “norm”. Why? It’s a habit. Gossip is the biggest offense. Becoming upset by someone or something is easy to complain about to a captive audience but once we need to address the issue, we go into a state of defense. Social media has given people a false soapbox lacking in accountability.
Do you realize with every thought results in a physical response? Think about it. If you are talking about someone and that person approached you about it, an immediate rush of adrenaline ensues. The physical experience of stress rushes throughout your body and decreases your immune system, resulting in an inflammatory response. For example, you may experience a stomach ache or a headache. Not to mention the ripple effect of worry.
Why is negativity so abundant? It happens because it’s a conditioned behavior. When I ask someone what’s new and good it knocks people off their track of negativity and takes them a moment to answer as they search for something to qualify.
Changing any habit is not easy but it is achievable. To start, here are three exercises to add to your day. Just like any other new exercise, it takes a little time to get used to so if you need to, set a reminder on your phone to reoccur every single day. Don’t treat this like a temporary diet; your health depends on it.
Here are a few tips to begin:
- Turn it around
- Instead of complaining about the traffic on your way to work, be grateful you have a job to drive to.
- Turning words around with issues you are concerned about can be as simple as saying “I can’t wait to feel better.” vs. “Ugh, I’m so sick, this stinks!!”
- Each day, write 3 things you are grateful for. Be specific and don’t duplicate your entries. This exercise will start to put you in the right frame of mind.
- Don’t dwell – It’s ok to have angst but don’t stay in that space.
- If you call a friend to vent make sure you do so in an effort to work towards a resolution.
- Don’t rush to post your issue on Facebook. Now it’s out there suspended in time infecting others with negativity.
I hope you try these tips and take a more positive route. We ALL slip into negativity but we can all pull ourselves out.