The Power of Positive Thinking!

By November 16, 2012 November 26th, 2012 News

What you think about yourself-your self-image-has just as great an impact on your physical health as your nutrition and exercise program!

What you think about yourself-your self-image-has just as great an impact on your physical health as your nutrition and exercise program!

In recent times, it has been proven that our thoughts and emotions directly affect the state of our physical health. This is called the “mind-body” connection. This connection is made possible because of special chemical messengers, called neuropeptides, which help our body’s organs communicate directly with the brain, and vice versa.
Whenever you have a thought or emotion, your brain releases neurotransmitters and hormones, which trigger physical responses in your body. If you are caught in a stressful situation and you react to it with a negative thought (or words!), your heart starts racing and your body releases two powerful stress hormones, cortisol and adrenalin. When these hormones are secreted in response to continual stress, they have very negative impacts on your body. They accelerate brain aging, increase fat storage, suppress your immune system, and cause muscle and bone loss. If you want to get lean and improve your physical health, this can really slow down your progress!
Sometimes we tend to focus on the negative aspects of our bodies and our life’s circumstances. Next time you look in the mirror, notice what thoughts arise. Do you acknowledge the positive things about yourself, or do you criticize the parts you think are less than perfect? If a stressful circumstance arises, do you immediately think about the worst-case scenario or the positive side of the situation?
You can’t stop external stressors in your life, but you can control your response to them. If you get into the habit of thinking positive thoughts and speaking positive words in these circumstances (even if the negative thoughts arise), your production of stress hormones will decrease and you will begin to lose body fat more quickly. For instance, when you look in the mirror, instead of saying, “Look at those thighs.I still need to lose at least 2 inches! That’ll be the day!” Say to yourself, “Hey, I am getting leaner every day! I look great.” Repeat this process every day until you notice that you are automatically thinking positive thoughts about yourself. Doing this gives your body permission to change. You will be amazed at how great an impact positive thinking and positive affirmations will have on your physical, mental, and emotional health, and ultimately your success!

Develop positive thoughts. Write down and speak these positive thoughts every day. Here are some examples:

  • I enjoy eating healthy food.
  • I value my health.
  • I am successful at accomplishing my goals.
  • I look great and have loads of energy.
  • I love the way my body looks.
  • I feel strong today.

Think positive thoughts and you will achieve positive results!