Think Positively and Reduce Your Stress
If you work in an environment where you are under pressure, it can be easy to have lots of negative thoughts. So, how can you learn to think positively?
- Replace negative "I can'ts" with positive "I cans"
- Walk tall - stand up straight, pull your shoulders back and hold your head up
- Don't let little things get you down
- Motivate with encouragement not criticism
- Don't be too hard on yourself
- Learn from your mistakes
Think positively, not negatively
One of the easiest ways to start thinking positively is to stop thinking negatively. Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Think about the following statements:
- I can do this.
- I can achieve my goals.
- I am who I am, and people like me for being myself.
- I learn from my mistakes. They increase my experience and help me draw lessons for the future.
of thinking about all the things you can't do, think about what you can
do, and how you can improve your performance for next time. Don't let
little things get you down.
Thinking positively will help
you improve your self-confidence, and behaving positively will increase
the confidence others have in you. Positive thinking can improve your
mood and general outlook on life. There are some very simple steps that
can help you think more positively:
Look at your posture. How do you hold yourself when you walk? Do you slouch and stare at the floor? Stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, and look straight ahead as you walk. You will immediately feel more confident and more positive. It is difficult to feel negative when you have your head held high.
Make the best of a situation
allows you to see the best in a situation, and in yourself. It can be
used as a technique for fighting stress and can also help you maintain a
good working environment with your coworkers.
behavior directly affects those around you. If you are miserable and
grumpy, this often rubs off on your coworkers, and they either feel like
they have to be extra careful when they speak to you, or they become
grumpy in return. Being bright and cheerful will also rub off on your
coworkers and make you much more approachable.
Replace criticism with encouragement. Encourage yourself and your coworkers by giving them a compliment or a pat on the back instead of criticism1.
Benefit your healthIf by improving your outlook you can reduce your stress levels, then you are also benefiting your immune system. Stress activates hormones, including cortisol, which can have an adverse effect on your immune system. If your immune system is depressed, you are more susceptible to infections. Reducing your stress levels benefits your health in many ways.
1. Positive thinking vs. mental misery: empower
yourself. McKinley Health center. Student Affairs/ University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. www.mckinley.uiuc.edu