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Psychologists reveal how positive thinking reduces anxiety

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Psychologists reveal how positive thinking reduces anxiety


Anxiety. A real joy killer. Anxiety occurs on a spectrum and is simply defined as the body's natural response to stress. For some people, it may be a mild concern for what is to come that only affects their minds. For others, however, they can be strong feelings of fear and apprehension about future situations that interfere with their daily activities. At any level, anxiety is exhausting, deflating and can trigger other mental health problems, such as PTSD and panic attacks.

Anxiety is not just “being sad” or “dealing with a bad mood. “It presents itself mainly as stress disproportionate to the expected outcome of the event and the inability to put aside concerns. In real life scenarios, you would worry so much that your head could start to hurt, your happiness would run out and you would be unable to focus on simple and complex daily tasks.

Although anxiety is often controlled and treated with therapy and medication, psychologists believe that positive thinking is one of the most effective lifestyle changes to combat this condition in the long run. Positive thoughts are as powerful as negative ones that limit your freedom. If you could develop the mental drive to overcome negativity, you would find yourself flourishing better than ever.

For example, you have a job interview coming up. You start to worry about how badly you can do, imagining all the worst possible scenarios in your head. You may end up convincing yourself not to go. Worry took over his mind and prevented him reaching a main goal. Instead of focusing on the negative results, think of all the ways in which you would remain relaxed and excited during the interview. Think of the most natural and appropriate answers you could give to each question, instead of the worst. Positive thinking is extremely helpful in keeping your emotions in check and reducing anxiety levels. In the long run, it becomes a mental inclination to engage in positive thoughts and embrace the feelings that follow.


Understanding how anxiety affects you can be the key to building a positive and healthy mindset.

It won't be easy to turn off our negative thoughts in the beginning. Human beings are programmed to detect danger and embrace concern. When we feel threatened, either by a physical situation or a future event, the brain secretes cortisol into the bloodstream and unleashes that overwhelming sense of fear and exhaustion. Cortisol is known primarily as the stress hormone, which immediately puts you in a fight / flight state - sometimes, unnecessarily. [4] You were too terrified to take this step and, for the most part, we step back to avoid disappointment. After a few recurrences, this becomes an automatic response and we would fall into a destructive pattern.

Positive thinking helps you to ignore the debilitating effects of negativity, and here are 7 main notes to keep in mind when making this mindset change:

1. You need to STOP thinking negatively.

This is the most difficult part, but also the most important. If you ask anyone who has dealt with severe anxiety before, they will say that their biggest problem is getting their thoughts to stop flowing in their mind. This covers him painfully and spreads throughout all aspects of his life. All you see is negativity - dangerous "what ifs" that leave you too terrified to make any move.

You will need to break these chains and put yourself in a better frame of mind. It is exhausting and tiring to wallow in that dark and scary place.

The only way to escape is to try to get out of it. Try to block these thoughts before they take root in your mind. Tell yourself to believe in the best results, because they are just as powerful, if not more, than those horrible thoughts that ruin your happiness.

2. Never underestimate the power of internal conversations

Internal conversations are not just about saying something in your mind and waiting for it to sink. It requires a level of dedication and willpower to communicate with your subconscious. Regularly feeding your mind positive affirmations helps you fall into an automatic pattern, much like negative thinking. It all depends on how you choose to filter your thoughts.

Think of it as raising children. When they raise them with love and affection, they become loving and kind individuals. Likewise, if you treat your mind with kind words, positive affirmations and affectionate thoughts, you are on the right path to a happier life.

3. Show self-pity

Self-compassion is to extend empathy to oneself in cases of perceived inadequacy, failure or suffering generates l. It helps to be kind to yourself. No one spends more time with you or influences your choices in life ... than you do.

Self-compassion simply means taking time off and accepting all results with kindness. We will not always have a perfect life and not all of our efforts will always work. However, because you tried, because you made this move and took that step, pat yourself on the back and accept it heartily.

Don't punish yourself when things don't go as expected. Self-compassion allows us to accept that there can be good and bad results, but we will not allow us to focus on the bad. We hope for the best and if it doesn't, we accept the result and move on.

4. Download yourself

Mental burdens can actually be felt physically. Your bones become as tired as your mind and you lose the motivation to happily engage in your activities. If there is any pain, hurt or unhappiness in your past that prevents you enjoying the present and seeing the future in a positive light, it is time to leave it behind.

Forgive others - even if they don't deserve it - and forgive yourself too. The vent comes with a feeling of freshness and renewal, the chance to live a stress-free life and to work for a happy future.

5. Believe in success

Many people's anxiety scenarios revolve around personal failure. Failure in life, in career, with friends and family, and with responsibilities and obligations. People can also develop chronic anxiety by worrying about failure in the simplest situations.

The best way to defeat this fear is to believe in success. Make sure you invest time, work, effort and dedication, and it will work. Failure begins in the mind, but so does success. Self-confidence takes time to build, but it is cultivated with a single positive thought. I can do this, I will do this and I will do this. Never let fear of failure stop you reaching your goals. Believe in yourself and you will be halfway there.

6. Redefine personal concepts

The way you see and visualize yourself is much more important than what others think. People can see you as a determined, confident and dedicated personality, but if you believe you don't deserve to be described with those qualities, then that's what matters.

Selling poorly has serious implications for your mental health and long-term happiness. Self-image is as important as reputation, and it's up to you to keep it positive.

What would you say if someone asked you to describe yourself, your personality, character, goals and dreams? If the first responses that pop into your head are negative and meaningless, then you have to redefine.

You may have made mistakes in the past, but you don't have to be that person forever. We learn our mistakes to become the best versions of ourselves. Learn to dream big and work to achieve those visions. Visualize yourself as an excellent personality and start checking out the points in real life.

You will get there soon.

Be happy, regardless

As long as you are alive, breathing and existing, you deserve to be happy. You have complete control of your mental states and emotions. Do things that make you happy, spend time with people that make you smile, and focus only on the things you can control.

Being happy does not mean that we will not go through difficult times, but it does help us to think positively and manage our emotions during these difficult situations. A happy disposition leaves no room for negativity and helps to prevent anxiety controlling your thoughts.

The most intense form of liberation is knowing that whatever happens in your path, you will always remain happy and positive.


"Everything you need to know about anxiety." Health Line. Kimberly Holland

"Panic attacks and panic disorder." Mayo Clinic

"Relieving worry about positive thoughts." Samuel Hunley, Ph.D.

“What is cortisol? ”Web MD

Adapted Family life goals

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