October 26, 2011
Knock Out Negativity
Whether it’s missing a deadline or being late to your child’s school play, many women beat themselves up and feel guilt about not being able to do it all. But that negative thinking can be toxic – affecting our health, relationships and even our careers.
So, how to combat negative thoughts?
“We are our own worst enemy and toughest critic, but if we start resisting that inclination of self-sabotage and negative thinking, a positive outlook will follow,” Amanda Murdock, yoga instructor at Pure Yoga, tells PINK.
Before you self-criticize, consider whether you would treat a loved one this way, and treat yourself with the same consideration, says Murdock. “[Many] women
tend to be self-deprecating,” particularly when it comes to accomplishments.
WebMD gives several ways to stay positive – like laughter, being around animals and volunteering. Plus, Mayo Clinic lists the health benefits of positive thinking, like reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Studies show reprogramming the way you think can increase positive feelings. Murdock suggests exchanging "Eeyores," or negative people at work and in your life, with positive thinkers.
Other experts suggest tips for thinking positively like exercising and creating daily affirmations or mantras. Psychology Today lists the key to positive thinking as being compassionately self-aware.
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By Brittani Banks
“If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others.” Dalai Lama
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