When most of us think about working to improve our health, we think about changing our eating plan, taking vitamin supplements and exercising – especially if you are considering (or already have had) weight loss surgery. What we may not consider that could help us most in the long run is the power of positive thinking.
If you’re working to lose 50 to 100 pounds or more, it can be difficult to look on the bright side. You know it’s going to take awhile, but getting started seems like a chore you may not have the inner resolve for. With the power of positive thinking, you can learn to break up those long-term goals into chunks, be positive that you’ve begun an intentional, positive process and be happy for each goal you hit.
It’s the same with any related health problems. If you want to improve your cholesterol ratings, you’ll need to eat better and develop a consistent exercise habit. Positive thinking can do wonders for your health, but if you’re like a lot of people and have been thinking negatively about your health for a long time, it’s going to take some practice to transform your way of thinking.
An interesting study that was recently released was focused on over 600 patients in a Denmark-based hospital. The study found that patients who had the most positive outlook about their health conditions were 58% more likely to live an average of five years longer than the people who had a more negative outlook.
The study also noted that the positive people in the study exercised more, but didn’t positively connect their exercise as the cause of their improved mood or if their positive outlook then encouraged them to create and stick with an exercise habit.
Physical exercise is critically important for everyone to help them create and maintain a positive attitude. It’s been medically proven that aerobic exercise helps us breathe better and deeper and that endorphins are released in the brain when we exercise. These endorphins are like little “happy” pills that help keep us healthy and good health gives us a more positive outlook on life in general.
The more you think positively, the easier it will become. Taking action by starting an exercise program, eating a healthy diet, injecting humor into your life and helping others can be part of a long-term solution to the health problems you are working to correct via weight loss surgery.
When you’re faced with difficult situations, especially concerning your health, it may be harder to keep a positive mindset and look on the bright side, but those are the times when it becomes critical for us to do just that.
If you need additional reinforcement and help with developing and maintaining a positive mindset and attitude, check out my “Staying Positive” course here.