While travel nursing is incredible fulfilling, it also comes with its fair share of stress and anxiety. But what if we told you that the ability to focus on the positive can have lasting rewards on both your personal and professional life? In fact, a growing body of research shows that positivity is more than a state of mind: it’s a state of being. Think it all sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo? Read on.
Be Positive, Be Healthy
According to the Mayo Clinic, the health benefits of positive thinking are profound. From mental and emotional payoffs like lowering depression, promoting psychological well-being, and enhancing coping skills to physical payoffs like increased resistance to the common cold and enhanced cardiovascular health, the list of reasons to think positive goes on. Oh, and then there’s one more health benefit: a longer lifespan. Which begs the question: can you afford not to think positively?
If you’re looking to improve on the job, meanwhile, positivity is also the way to go: Research also shows that people who are happy at work are 12 percent more productive.
Do you hope for the best but expect the worst? If so, your health and productivity may both be suffering. And while thinking positive can seem easier said than done — after all, it’s not like you can snap your fingers and change your feelings — you can change your outlook on life’s occasional unpleasantness.
Positive thinking begins with catching yourself in the act of negative “self-talk.” Described by the Mayo Clinic as “the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head,” self-talk is a major contributing factor toward your world view. Examples of negative self-talk include letting the negative aspects of a certain situation obscure the positives, automatically blaming yourself when things don’t go as planned, anticipating the worst in every situation, and not allowing for middle ground.
If your self-talk skews toward the negative, there are a few things you can do to turn things around. For starters, self-talk — both negative and positive — is habitual. In other words, if you start checking your negative thoughts and focusing on the positive instead, doing so will soon become second nature.
Not sure when negative self-talk is taking over? Consider whether you’d say what you’re saying to yourself to someone else. If the answer is “no,” then you deserve better, too.
Other proven ways to see the bright side in life? Embrace humor, exercise, and eat right.
Lastly, don’t underestimate the influence of the company you keep. According to Psychology Today, positivity is contagious.
Ultimately, while finding the upside of every bad situation can at times be a challenge, doing so is well worth the effort. So what are you waiting for? A more productive, healthy and positive life is waiting.