4 Things to Know About Negative Thinking

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24 Feb 4 Things to Know About Negative Thinking

The mind is a powerful thing. Your thoughts have the potential to affect your body and emotions in ways you might not have thought possible. It follows then that negative thinking can result in a negative impact on your health. This means that it’s especially important to pay attention to what sort of thoughts you’re having and to realize that you have the power to change the way you think. Here are just four ways that negative thinking can impact your life.

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By Melissa Roach

  • It Can Affect Your Mental Health

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    Negative thinking prevents you from [dealing](http://psychologytoday.psychtests.com/articles/mentalhealth/thinking_expl.html) with your issues head-on. Instead, you wallow and get hung up on things rather than work through problems and come up with solutions. This will ultimately harm your mental health and make it hard to enjoy the good things in your life.

  • It Can Affect Your Physical Health

    By Melissa Roach

    There can be physical manifestations of negative thinking. Research shows that you can actually [think yourself into being sick](http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9690/scientific-proof-that-negative-beliefs-harm-your-health.html). Negative thoughts put your body into a constant state of stress, or “fight or flight”. When your body is in this state, it doesn’t heal itself as well as it normally does, leading to illness.

  • It Can Affect Your Friendships

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    People will respond to the sort of energy you’re putting out. If you seem to always be worried or in a bad mood, your friends will notice and it could change the way they interact with you. It could also lead to you resent the people who love you for not understanding or for being in a good mood.

  • It Can Be Overcome

    By Melissa Roach

    Surround yourself with positivity and seek help when the negative thoughts start creeping in. It’s all a matter of [changing your habits](http://www.friendyourselfproject.com/break-your-cycle-of-negative-thinking/) and letting go of negativity. [Put on your favorite tunes](http://www.teenrehab.org/?s=positivity), hang out with your friends and family and take some time to do the things you love.

If negative thinking affects your well-being, don’t worry. You can easily start to feel better by reversing this behavior. Positive thinking has the power to improve your health, so try to shut down negative feelings when you feel them taking shape and think about all the good things in your life instead. Remember, you are in charge of your own perspective.

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