While checking my Twitter feed this morning, I came across a tweet titled “3 Reasons to Lean Out” from the folks at Project Eve. The article discusses the backlash on multi-tasking – it really doesn’t work – and yet, we all want to think we’re the exception to that rule and that we can multitask successfully.
I know I’ve fallen victim to the “multi tasking” fallacy – in fact, in the past I’ve even said that my tendency toward ADD (attention deficit disorder) in which I always seem to have 15 things running through my head at any given time, was a benefit, not a challenge! Truthfully, multi-tasking does NOT work, and it can help to stress you out.
Reason #1 to “Lean Out” in the article was “There’s nothing compared to less stress.” They recommend doing less instead of trying to cram more into our overburdened schedules (I can relate to that!) and they also mentioned a report from The Mayo Clinic that recommended positive thinking as a way to improve stress management and improve your health.
Positive thinking starts with self-talk – that endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head, mine, and everyone else’s in this wonderful world we live in. Some of our self-talk comes from logic and reason, but other aspects of our self-talk come from misconceptions. We even create some of these misconceptions because of lack of information.
The article goes on to discuss health benefits of positive thinking, some of which include:
- An increased life span
- Lower rates of distress and depression
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
and much more.
This information on the beneficial results of positive thinking isn’t new, but it certainly seems that we need it now more than ever. Our world is busier, more crowded, and more challenging every day – and much of that reflects in an increased stress level in our lives and some less-than-beneficial thinking patterns.
I think it’s now safe to say that optimism is clearly associated with better psychological health, as seen through lower levels of depressed mood, anxiety, and general distress, when facing difficult life circumstances, including situations involving recovery from illness and disease. A smaller, but still substantial, amount of research has studied associations with physical well-being. And I think most researchers at this point would agree that optimism is connected to positive physical health outcomes, including decreases in the likelihood of re-hospitalization following surgery, the risk of developing heart disease, and mortality.
– MICHAEL SCHEIER (Dept Head – CMU Psychology)
One way to counteract some of the environmental stresses and reap the benefits is to start working on positive thinking – creating a new habit that helps us to behave in a more positive and optimistic way.
You’ve got access to a fantastic self-study program via my ‘How to Love Your Reflection’ program entitled “Staying Positive: The Importance of Positive Thinking.” This program will help you to accomplish some of the foundational ways to turn your thinking around and become a more positive thinker.
The program includes access to audio and video materials, plus a workbook. Inside you’ll find information on:
- Identifying areas to change
- Checking your progress
- Practicing positive self-talk, and much more.
You can start today to turn around your thinking and start reaping all the benefits. When your state of mind is generally more positive and optimistic, you’ll be able to handle stressful and challenging situations more easily, and you’ll give yourself a chance to enjoy the health benefits of positive thinking.