Have you ever wanted to manage stress in a non-traditional way?

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Thinking positively is something you can do anytime, anyplace and it can optimize your well-being!

What Is Stress Management?

Stress management is the tools, techniques, or activities that you do to lessen your feelings of stress. They can be physical like exercise or mental like meditation.

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How Can Thinking Positively Help Manage Stress?

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Your mind is a powerful tool. Thinking positively can increase your self-confidence and optimism. This improves your outlook on life, which helps you better cope with stress.

Using Quotes To Think Positively

Quote: The mind is everything. What you think you become.

Surround yourself with positive quotes.

Read and reflect on them to begin enhancing your mindset and decrease your stress. 

Quotes help positive thinking by:

  1. Providing motivation

  2. Encouraging work/life balance

  3. Encouraging self-care

  4. Helping you remain true to yourself

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Look at the following quotes:

A. “A goal without a timeline is just a dream.”

B. “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”

C. “Change your thoughts and you can change your world.”

D. "Don't let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead, give to yourself that which empowers you."

Quiz

Which of the following quotes will most likely help someone think positively?

Using Affirmations To Think Positively

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Affirmations promote self-confidence and belief in your own choices and abilities. They help build a positive mindset.

Practice affirmations daily by:

  • Writing Jot down your affirmations in your journal, phone, or on post-its.

  • Creating positive art — Draw or paint your affirmations.

  • Using vision boards Create a collage with your affirmations.

Quiz

Mandy wants to incorporate affirmations into her daily routine to increase her positive thinking. How can she do this?

Using Gratitude To Think Positively

Flaticon Icon Gratitude is being thankful for the people and good things in your life. It helps you maintain a positive mindset and improves your mood.

Practice gratitude daily by:

  1. Recalling the day's positive events.

  2. Writing down what you're grateful for.

  3. Writing down why you're grateful for those people or things.

  4. Enjoying feeling the sense of wellness that comes with gratitude.

Positive Self-Talk To Reduce Stress

Positive self-talk improves your outlook on life by helping you cope with stressful times. It leads to better health, happiness, and success.

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Practice positive self-talk daily by:

Identifying situations that trigger negative self-talk. What are the words or phrases you use the most? What are some positive substitutes? Write out your substitutes and read them often aspositive self-talk.

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Are you ready to try positive thinking to relieve your stress?

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Cassandra Martin-Himmons

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