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What You’re Thinking Can Affect Your Health: 5 Ways to Feel More Positive

Did you know that your attitude can affect your physical health? According to Dr. Lisa Yanek M.P.H. at John Hopkins Medicine, individuals with a higher risk for heart disease who focus on positive thinking are “one-third less likely to have a heart attack” than those with a more negative disposition. 

Positive thinking has also been shown to increase energy levels and better quality of sleep; improve psychological health and lower your chances of developing depression; and support effective coping skills for managing stress, anxiety, and anger.

Training your brain to think more positively is a skill. Move toward a more positive daily outlook with these five tips:

  1. Start and end your day with positive affirmations such as:
    • “I will be present and positive throughout the day.”
    • “I am filled with energy for whatever life throws at me today.”
    • “I will not worry about tomorrow. I will focus on the here and now.”
  2. Acknowledge the areas where negative thoughts often creep in, and talk through your frustrations with a close confidant.
  3. Find the humor in everyday situations and give yourself permission to laugh.
  4. Surround yourself with positive people who will lift you up when times are tough.
  5. Invest in a gratitude journal to get in the habit of looking on the bright side and practicing positive self-talk.

A positive outlook on life can directly impact your cardiovascular health. Consider integrating positive thinking into your daily routine for a healthy future.

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At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources you need. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 to start the conversation today.