Positive Thoughts = Positive Health and Wellness Choices

Ana Campos, Principal Librarian, Central Library Services,
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Integrative health is about incorporating lifestyle changes that will encourage and maintain total wellness. Making different lifestyle changes and choices can be very difficult and sometimes frustrating.

How we think about the changes and choices we have to make in our lives affects our level of commitment to changing our habits and the outcomes. Having a positive outlook about making changes to improve our health is the first step to reaching your health and wellness goals.

Thinking positive thoughts when you may be struggling with incorporating healthier choices in your life is not easy. Our integrative health specialist, Dr. Desmonette Hazly has provided a few tips to help you see the brighter side of things while you are building a better you:

  • Identify areas and circumstances where negative thinking prevails: Make a list of things that you think negatively about and choose one or two of these areas to focus on at a time while you build your strategies to think more positive.
  • Take the time to check in with yourself: Become aware when negative thinking is starting to creep in. When you can pinpoint when you are most likely to begin thinking negatively, you can learn to redirect your thoughts to something more positive or find a positive side to a challenging situation.
  • Develop a positive support group: It is important to keep company with people who have a positive outlook because it will help you to also see life through a positive lens.
  • Have a sense of humor: Laughter makes it easier to cope with challenges and adversity. Enjoy a good laugh daily and you will be less stressed and more capable of seeing the brighter side of life.