There are two types of thinkers ─ positive thinkers and negative thinkers. Research shows that negative thinkers have more health problems than positive thinkers. It turns out that not only can positive thinking keep you healthier, but it can also allow you to live a better quality of life. Learn the signs of negativity so that you can nip it in the bud!
Negative thinking does not only affect your physical health but can also affect your mental and emotional health. According to the Mayo Clinic, negative thinkers tend to be more depressed and have more anxiety, including aches and pains, than their positive thinking counterparts.
Let’s take a look at what the signs are for negative thinking and how they can affect your physical, mental and emotional health. Hopefully, by becoming aware of the signs, you can start to abolish the negative thinking pattern and become a more positive thinker.
Negativity and Depression~
Research conducted by the American Psychological Associaton found that negativity makes depression worse. In the study, people with depression who only thought negative thoughts but tried to repress them had trouble doing so. The negative thoughts always resurfaced which in return made their depression worse. For another group of depressed people who forced themselves to think positively, they were able to vanquish the negative thoughts and to feel a little bit better. This research shows that if you are trying to beat depression, thinking positively can aid in your battle.
Negativity and Pain~
A study published in Behavior Therapy reports that negative thoughts were found to increase pain sensations. The study shows that people who suffer from chronic pain ─ and only think negative thoughts while speaking of themselves in a negative manner ─ report not only more pain but also more psychological distress than those who think positive thoughts. Of course, pain can bring on negative thinking, but by only thinking negative thoughts, the pain only gets worse.
Negativity and Cognitive Funcion~
The Journal of Clinical Psychology reports that the effects of negative thoughts on cognitive processing are distressing! The study put together two groups. One group was told to relax and to think positive thoughts, while the other group was told to think negative thoughts and to worry about the upcoming event. Both groups then took the same test. The relaxed thinkers did much better than the worriers! Then, the worried group was told to think positive and relaxing thoughts. They were then given a similar test and did much better after a period of relaxing and positive thinking.
This study shows that negative thinking can reduce your cognitive function! Therefore, it is in your best interest to think positive thoughts before a test or big event!
The Physical Symptoms of Negative Thinking:
Here is a list of physical symptoms of negative thinking so that you can easily recognize them and put a stop to them by having a new, positive attitude!
- Muscle Pain
- Muscle Tension
- Chest Pain
- Sleep Problems
- Digestive Problems
The Emotional Symptoms of Negative Thinking:
Sometimes we are emotional and don’t really understand why. Learn to read the signs of negativity:
- Mood Changes
- Lack of Focus
- Lack of Motivation
The Behavioral Symptoms of Negative Thinking:
Often, behavioral symptoms will surface for negative thinkers. Learn to recognize them so that you can reverse their effects.
- Alcohol Abuse
- Drug Abuse
- Loss of Appetite
- Social Withdrawal
- Emotional Outbursts
- Excessive Smoking
In conclusion, you can see that negative thinking can deteriorate your health! Learn the signs of negativity and put an end to it! Move forward with positivity and watch your overall health and well-being significantly improve!
Robin, and the ZEN Team!
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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