Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:44 PM January 10, 2022
Leave behind self-criticism in 2021 and lead a more optimistic life this 2022.
Positive thinking helps with stress management. It likewise lowers levels of distress and depression and equips people with coping skills for trying times.
The medical editors and industry specialists of Mayo Clinic in the United States have shared some tips to be more positive. Benilde Well-Being Center of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has compiled these reminders.
1. Identify areas to change. First, it is crucial to recognize particular factors in your life that make you feel pessimistic. Is it your relationships, environment, the daily commute, school or work?
2. Check yourself. Try to find a way to put a constructive twist on your negative thoughts. Take a pause and evaluate your inner feelings.
3. Start and practice positive self-talk. Follow one simple rule: Do not say anything to yourself that you would not say to anyone else. Be gentle and grateful. Instead of saying “I’ve never done it before,” think “It’s an opportunity to learn something new.” Do not entertain self-criticism—give everything a chance and always be open to new perspectives.
4. Be open to humor. Amid the challenges, give yourself permission to smile, laugh and be happy. Seek humor and find the littlest of joys in everyday mundane happenings.
5. Follow a healthy lifestyle. Engage in physical activity and exercise to positively affect mood. Follow a healthier diet to fuel both mind and body. Adapt stress management techniques and hobbies. Optimistic people do not excessively smoke or drink alcohol.
6. Surround yourself with positive people. Helpful advice and insightful feedback come from reliable and dependable support systems. These are the people around you, whether it be a significant other, family, friends or workmates.