Reducing Stress through Positive Thinking
Reducing Stress Through Positive Thinking
Positive thinking is a powerful tool. It can be used by anyone to ease stress and build confidence. It is valuable to know this both in business and in your personal life. When an individual is stressed out it can be difficult for that individual to think clearly. This can be made worse when stress affects a person’s sleep habits.
According to an article in WebMD, stress can cause headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, and chest pains. Careers and relationships with family and friends can also be harmed by too much stress. Your very business might be in jeopardy with uncontrolled stress.One major cause of stress is a negative view of the world. #SuccessInLife #millennial Click To Tweet
One major cause of stress is a negative view of the world or a negative view of one’s capabilities. In my own case, I have often struggled with a negative sense of self due to being bullied in school. This bullying made me have low self-esteem. Because of this, I felt a great deal of stress whenever I had to complete a project for school or any other task. I felt like I couldn’t do it so I had trouble doing it. When I began to build my confidence through positive thinking, as well as through martial arts training, I found that tasks I had once found difficult became much easier.
For example, I used to struggle with math because of a learning disability. My learning disability affected my confidence. In the last math class I took I approached it with a positive attitude and ended up making an A. Through positive thinking I was able to lower my stress levels and accomplish something I had once believed to be impossible.
There are several ways to build up one’s confidence. I have mentioned that I come from a martial arts background. Through martial arts, one can build up their health, strength, and develop a sense of power. A sense of power builds up one’s confidence in their abilities. This is not just true for martial arts. Exercising and living a healthy lifestyle can do a lot to build confidence and make it easier to think positively.Exercising and living a #HealthyLifestyle can make it easier to think positively. #Confidence Click To Tweet
Another way to build positive thinking is through affirmations. Affirmations help a person to think more positively. Good affirmations include, “My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite,” “my business is growing, expanding, and thriving” and “I am courageous and I stand up for myself.” Dr. Carmen Harra in the Huffington Post gives a list of these affirmations.
Visualization is another excellent positive thinking technique. By visualizing accomplishing a goal, a person can develop the confidence needed to reach that goal. For example, let’s say a person is looking for a job. A person could visualize going to work and receiving a paycheck. This is a great motivational technique and builds confidence.
What can we conclude about positive thinking?
Affirmations, exercise, and visualization are great techniques to build positive thinking. In turn, positive thinking can reduce stress. This will make a person more productive, more successful, and happier. And guess what? All of this positive thinking will carry forward to a happier, healthier and more prosperous business.
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Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.