You can eat as healthy as you can and do all the exercises and live a healthy life, but your physical well-being isn’t the only thing you should look after! Your mental health is just as important and you’ll need to start taking the appropriate steps to ensuring stable mental health. One of the best ways to do that? Through positive thinking! Positive thinking won’t only set you in an amazing mood right after, but it holds a lot of more benefits than that!
So read on as I show you how positive thinking will be able to boost your health.
Here are the five simple yet huge ways positive thinking can help us become healthier!
- Improves Your Digestion
You’re probably wondering- How does that even work?
Well, if you haven’t known already, serotonin, which is the happiness hormone, is actually in our gut and NOT in our brains. So that’s what explains some of our stomach aches when we feel nervous or stressed! Those with imbalanced and low serotonin levels may experience irritable bowel syndrome or constipation, and no one wants to feel that way when already feeling down.
Another factor here is that blood flow affects one’s digestive system and bowels. When stressed, our body’s blood flow increases and flows into the digestive system, resulting in stomach issues.
Through positive thinking, you will be able to raise your serotonin levels and improve your digestion in the process. Surprising yet effective!
- Boosts One’s Immunity
It’s true what they say, you can worry yourself about a sickness! When stressed, your cortisol (the stress hormones) rise, which would impair the way your immune system functions. But when you think positively, the complete opposite would happen.
Studies have shown that those with cancer and underwent special courses for optimism experienced better immune systems compared to those patients who didn’t take the course. Another study shows that law students who have experienced positive first semesters had a better immune response as compared to pessimistic law students.
So you know what can help you stay free from sicknesses- think positive and practice good breathing to avoid and alleviate any stress in life!
- Improves Your Sleep
I’m sure many of you have already experienced this at one point in your life- tossing and turning while trying to sleep because of all the stressful thoughts running through your head!
One of the causes of sleep disorders and lack of sleep is because of all the negative thinking before heading to bed. So it’s best to take even two minutes to yourself as you sleep, staying quiet and filled with positive thinking.
Another thing to remember is that when you get proper sleep, you’ll be able to wake up in a better mood and more concentration, which can help cope and solve difficult everyday situations.
- Helps Your Heart And Gives A Longer Life!
There truly is such a thing as heartbreak, and it isn’t just after someone hurts or leaves you! Did you know that your emotions affect your heart and with all the negative thinking or stressors in your life, the excess stress and adrenaline may impact your heart health?
Studies have shown that those who live a pessimistic life are TWICE more likely to suffer heart disease! And because of a healthy heart, better immune systems, and less depression, positive thinkers will be able to live longer. Just remember to eat healthy as well!
- Reduces Inflammation And Autoimmune Diseases
Not only do positive thinking and experiences help with our mental health, but it can also reduce inflammatory markers, known as cytokines. Those who have experienced awe thanks to positive thinking and other beautiful moments in life (like seeing the view after hiking or experiencing an amazing concert) have lower cytokine levels. As a result, it lowers the risk of autoimmune diseases from developing.
Not only should you begin positive thinking, but to take action to becoming happier and doing things you’ve always wanted to experience.
Wrapping It Up
Positive thinking is a crucial thing to do in your everyday life, but it’s often overlooked. But as you continue to push yourself and try the best to look at the positive things in situations and problems, you’ll have a better outlook and find solutions to your issues quickly.
I hope that this article on the ways positive thinking can boost health will be able to encourage you how to take that step into seeing the better things in life today. So don’t wait any longer and start thinking better now!
If you have a question or would like to seek professional help like a psychologist to help change your mindset from any mental health issues, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.