Could Being an Optimist (or faking it) also improve your health?

Are you optimistic, pessimistic or in between?

No matter what this universe throws at me I have always been more of an optimist, but I have had my struggles that would make the most optimistic person want to crumble! Life dishes us all the bad and the good it’s how we choose to deal with it that makes us who we are and determines how we persevere the world.

Optimism

Optimism is a form of positive thinking that includes the belief that you are responsible for your own happiness, and that more good things than bad will continue to happen to you. Optimists believe that bad or negative events are rare occurrences and that it is not their fault when something bad happens but is due to something external The opposite of optimism is known as pessimism.

Pessimism

Pessimism is a form of negative thinking that includes the belief that bad things (ill continue to happen to you throughout your life. Pessimists also believe that when bad things happen, it is through their own fault.

Writing down these two different ends of the scale can be so good for your health & give you a clearer idea of your mindset and what’s more important. I have been reminded all the time of how things do work out and nothing will remain the way it is forever…

If you can call that being optimistic then I guess that’s more where I lean toward a more positive outlook for myself it’s sanity in a world that projects perfection be better at this, look like that, live like this, don’t talk about that or act like that.. Being an optimistic person I find is what suits me and the way I choose to live.

If you’re the type of person who believes everything will work out eventually and bad situations are only temporary, it’s likely you have an optimistic personality. You are amazing because that could mean major health benefits for you!

Several studies have suggested a connection between a positive outlook and better outcomes from surgery, a stronger immune system, better heart function and even a longer lifespan. In one study, research participants who have a positive view of life tended to be able to adjust to pain easier, which can lead to lower levels of chronic pain management.

Being optimistic can also help you stick to healthy habits, optimistic people have been shown to engage more fully in behaviors like regular exercise, moderate alcohol consumption and smoking avoidance.

Fake it till you make it, sometimes when your running low on optimism and need to get through!

Maybe you’re just not the optimistic type, when your running low on optimism especially in the midst of a long summer/winter or if personal challenges are pushing you down it could really be anything just look at those moments in your life that where the toughest how did you get through? Eventually we touch base with our optimistic selves. People will call themselves optimists, a small majority of you may call yourselves pessimists, and a lot who are “somewhere in between.” If you’re in this slice, that means you have some optimistic skills, even if you aren’t always looking on the bright side.

With that kind of flexibility, it may be time to practice some positive thinking and self-talk, since optimism can be more of a habit than a personality trait. Like any habit, you can train yourself to think and behave in a more optimistic way, and that can bring health advantages.

Identifying areas to change by simply taking a mental step back and thinking about when you’re particularly negative. Is it at work, during a daily commute, at home while doing cleaning tasks? By seeing your own thought patterns, it can be easier to gently redirect.

From there, consider adding more healthy lifestyle changes into those parts of your day. That might mean quick exercise sessions what love Pilates, walking, jogging, HITT class, since exercise has been shown to positively affect mood or loading up on gut-healthy foods — another big mood booster.

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Also, you don’t need to be super cheery all the time to tap into your inner optimist. According to dictionary definitions, optimism is simply having confidence or hopefulness about the future, and an ability to see the good aspects of a situation rather than only the negative parts.

For perpetual pessimist

When you tend to tip toward the dark, half-empty side the majority of the time (if not all the time) then it’s possible you may not only be stuck in a pessimistic cycle, but could also be dealing with some type of burnout.

Many people get overwhelmed with work or family responsibilities, especially during times of change, and a spike in stress levels can lead to burnout symptoms like a persistent feeling of low personal accomplishment, indifference about your goals, disinterest in social activities, increased pain or physical issues — such as tension headaches, tight muscles and digestive problems — reduced sense of humor and joy and sleep difficulties.

Like many mothers I go through periods of burnout that make me feel exhausted, but Ive figured out how to reset myself back to that more energetic, sunnier side by exercising more, sticking to a consistent sleep pattern as often as possible and eating healthy by keeping up these healthy optimistic habits I feel more revitalized and enjoy my family and life more it truly does work.

Unfortunately, I’ve learnt the hard way as many of us do, after years of pushing myself and suffering from burnout many times, I started to identify with ways that work for me to break that cycle. Playing around with different strategies (especially when it comes to working out, eating well and getting sleep) and becoming more aware of how these changes affect your emotional outlook.

However, if you just can’t seem to shake consistently pessimistic feelings like indifference, anger, fatigue and joylessness, consider seeing someone you trust and love for some strategies that can help.

Get in touch with your inner optimist not just for a better outlook but for your amazing healthy self. Cassie xo

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