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How many times has someone told you to stay positive? How many times has this made you frustrated? If you’re living with a chronic disease or an invisible illness, well-meaning individuals can make life even more challenging when they tell you to stay positive.
The advice comes from a good place. Research shows that positive thinking helps with managing stress and can improve overall health. Mayo Clinic notes that positive thinking can help provide an increased life span, lower rates of depression, better coping skills and improved psychological and physical well-being.
However, learning how to stay positive when struggling with or suffering from chronic conditions can be tricky. Frustration can lead to anger, and anger can lead to even more frustrating, pessimistic thoughts.
No one is perfect, so no matter how strong your willpower, even if you’re determined to think positive, negative thoughts can creep in. Whether you’re an expert on overcoming negative thoughts or you’re learning for the first time, use these steps to find your way to better health and positive transformations.
Ultimately, success does take time and, in some cases, a lot of effort. If you need more help overcoming negative thoughts, find a free chronic disease self-management course in your area. During the course, you will learn several techniques for overcoming self-defeating thoughts.