Negative thinking plays a significant role in weight loss efforts. Negative thoughts can lead to self-defeating behaviors such as going off your diet, overeating and skipping your exercise routine. These thoughts act like parasites, silently eating away at your health, but the good news: negative thoughts can be overcome!
Your state-of-mind affects your health, so when you are pessimistic, you can always expect the worst of your body’s fight-or-flight responses to remain stuck in standby mode. Think of it like revving an engine: It might be useful before the race, but if you keep revving, you may burn out your motor.
Similarly, consistently negative thought patterns can cause long-term damage. In addition to the burden of worrying itself, pessimism can lead to higher blood pressure, higher triglyceride levels and greater risk of heart attack. Thinking negatively is not only a bad habit, but it also has a highly negative affect on your organs.
Below is a list of the organs that a worrying mind hurts most.
• Spinal Cord:
The stress signals shoot down the spinal cord and through the nervous system, putting organs in a state of high alert.
A stress signal causes the pulse and blood pressure to spike, and inflammatory molecules begin to travel through the bloodstream, which may cause blockages.
Airways dilate and begin to work overtime to keep up with the higher demand of oxygen.
When the brain detects negative emotion, it sends out a stress signal through the entire body, increasing heart rate and flipping the body into a fight-or-flight response system.
Optimism is like a muscle: if you exercise it on a regular basis, you can build it up. Once a week or so, try powering up your outlook by checking off the activities in this optimism-building workout.
• Reflect on the positive past:
Think of accomplishments and events that make you proud.
• Relish the present:
Before you go to bed, think about three good things that happened that day.
• Imagine your future:
Picture your perfect life – in lots of detail – five years from now; then focus on what’s attainable.
Like negative thinking, positive thinking plays a significant role in your good health. Positive thoughts help you get on track and stay on track to a healthy lifestyle. Happy and hopeful people are more likely to exercise, eat healthy, and stop bad habits.
In other words, happiness empowers you to take charge of your health and your fitness. Staying positive also helps control your cortisol level, which is linked to weight gain, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. So start looking on the bright side – you might just save your life.