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#1: Stop the Negative Talk and Start Reducing Stress

Happy New Year!

Here we are the first day of 2018 and this was my number one post for 2017 and I can’t think of a more fitting post to start the new year with.

Where the mind goes, the man will follow.  – Joyce Meyers

Isn’t that the truth? When we think negative thoughts it shows on our face, our posture and in our words. In order to combat the negative thoughts we need to start thinking positively.

According to Mayo Clinic: If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

I’m going to add to this list that it will help keep our flares at bay. When I get stressed I end up with cracks in the corners of my mouth, or a mouthful of canker sores. Once I begin to relax, these flares start to disappear.

Putting Positive Thinking into Practice - brendamueller.com

Identifying negative thinking

Not sure if your self-talk is positive or negative? Some common forms of negative self-talk include:
  • Filtering. You magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all of the positive ones. For example, you had a great day at work. You completed your tasks ahead of time and were complimented for doing a speedy and thorough job. That evening, you focus only on your plan to do even more tasks and forget about the compliments you received.
  • Personalizing. When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself. For example, you hear that an evening out with friends is canceled, and you assume that the change in plans is because no one wanted to be around you.
  • Catastrophizing. You automatically anticipate the worst. The drive-through coffee shop gets your order wrong and you automatically think that the rest of your day will be a disaster.
  • Polarizing. You see things only as either good or bad. There is no middle ground. You feel that you have to be perfect or you’re a total failure.

We have to practice speaking and thinking in the positive every day in order for it to become a habit.

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Meditation for Positive Thinking

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Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 21:22

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Matthew 15:11

It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Hebrews 13:6

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

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6 thoughts on “#1: Stop the Negative Talk and Start Reducing Stress

  1. Cathy Hilbert says:

    Thank you Brenda! I have been discouraged, and depressed for the past month, so this article will help me get focused again. Most of the times, I stay focused on God’s word and it makes it easier to go through the health struggles. But, I have been discouraged because I get rid of one health problem, and the next comes in. But I know there is no problem that God cannot handle. But regardless of how I feel, I will always praise Him. If I did not have God in my life, I would be without hope.
    Happy New Year!

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    • Brenda Mueller says:

      Thank you Cathy! I’m glad that you have a relationship with God and that you can focus on it. I agree, I don’t know where I would be without him. Life isn’t always easier, but I am grateful that I have a heavenly Father who understands everything that I am going through and he is going through it with me.

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  2. tinyacornmightyoakcouk says:

    Very informative about the different types of negative talk. I believe I have helped to heal my autoimmune condition through a huge reduction in stress and by changing the negative talk into kindness and compassion 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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