Positive thinking can provide many benefits for both your physical and mental health. You likely experienced a variety of negative and positive emotions through treatment, and we hope you begin to experience more positivity as you continue your recovery. Remember that while transitioning out of treatment can involve various stressors, your current progress is worth celebrating.
Many people know that thoughts have some effects, but they may not realize the extent of these effects. Intentionally observing how much of an influence positive thinking can have on your life can be eye-opening. The power of our thoughts is much stronger than most people are aware of.
Benefits of Positive Thoughts
Positive thoughts can have many benefits for us through the journey of recovery. Developing the skill of turning negative thoughts into positive ones can help you create a life of joy and set yourself up for long-term success. Maintaining a baseline of positive thinking can improve your overall appreciation for life. It can also give you the ability to handle struggles more efficiently, as you will develop the ability to see the positive outcome that is to come in the future.
There are many benefits to our mental and physical health that can occur from thinking positively. The concept of our thoughts affecting our health is often easier for people to understand in reverse. For example, as many factors can promote stress throughout recovery, feeding into these negative thoughts can worsen the effects of stress. Experiencing high levels of stress and negativity can increase the chances of further health issues arising. The potential of experiencing increased pain and withdrawal symptoms during recovery can be much greater if the majority of your thoughts are based on negativity.
Fortunately, a simple reminder to yourself about your ability to change your thought patterns can go a long way. Along with easing the recovery process and keeping your motivation strong, positive thinking can help you manage any mental struggles you may be experiencing. Training yourself to practice positive thinking and make those patterns more natural to you can help you overcome the psychological aspects of recovery.
Not only can positive thinking benefit yourself, but it can be influential to others around you. Individuals who have high levels of positive thinking tend to spread positivity to others in their community. By encouraging others to look at the bright side of things and pointing out the beauty in your surroundings, the people around you can begin to develop this focus as well. This can help reinforce positive actions and engagement towards others in the community, creating a safe space for everyone.
We all have moments when we experience positive thinking. However, making positivity a sustainable habit in your thoughts can take time. Allowing negative thoughts to take over your mind is a kind of habit that may be straining your ability to maintain the skills you gained in treatment.
Altering your thought patterns and reinforcing the act of positive thinking may take time and effort, especially at first when it may not feel natural at all. Fortunately, there are many different practices you can incorporate into your daily life to reinforce positive thinking. By actively engaging in these practices, you can make positive responses more natural over time.
A great way to start incorporating more positive thoughts into your daily life is by observing your current thought processes and patterns. Seeing how often you naturally fall into the state of thinking negatively can give you a strong basepoint for the progression ahead of you.
Keep in mind that although being able to break cycles of negativity and approach life more positively, in general, is healthy, it is not healthy to feel that all negative thoughts are bad. Living a balanced life will always involve some level of negativity, though that negativity should not be overwhelming. The ultimate goal when striving for this sense of balance is to work toward positive thinking while retaining the ability to process negative thoughts and emotions.
A good way to achieve this is through consciously observing your thoughts and feelings and, as needed, suspending your immediate attachment to them. If you find yourself thinking or feeling more negatively than is good for you, you can take a moment to correct the balance. When you notice yourself thinking a negative thought, think of a positive alternative thought to counteract it.
You may not believe these positive thoughts at first, but over time, you will notice the positive thoughts are often way more accurate than you expected. Moreover, as you consciously continue to practice these thought alterations, you will naturally begin to think more positively subconsciously. It is okay to feel negative emotions, but avoid letting yourself stay stuck in negative spirals that distort the complicated reality of life and preclude its possibilities.
Be Aware of Negative Influences
There are many actions that people partake in that commonly promote negative thoughts toward others in their lives or society as a whole. Reading the news, overconsuming social media, doom-scrolling, and comparing ourselves to others can all greatly contribute to negative thinking. Taking a break from these factors and placing yourself in uplifting surroundings can help reset your mind and allow you to enjoy the beauty around you.
Positive thinking is one of the most influential aspects of recovery and mental health. As life throws various struggles our way, having the ability to look at the big picture and see the positive aspect of things can greatly benefit our success. Positive thinking can have a strong impact on our mental and physical health, as well as on our surrounding communities. Spreading positivity can help make the world a better place. There are various practices you can implement to encourage positive thinking and properly manage the negativity spirals that arise. It is important to be aware of negative thoughts and emotions, as they will never fully dissipate. Learning to manage negativity levels and ensure the balance of your thoughts trends toward positivity will help you stay motivated and healthy. To learn more about the impact of positive thinking, reach out to Dream Recovery at (949) 732-1960.