While the above have emphasis on the physical aspects of living
healthily, a healthy lifestyle must surely also embrace those
other aspects such as
psychological, emotional and
mental health health goals.
This healthy living article is therefore concerned with the
concept of 'optimism' and how nurturing this positive
health womens health trait is as much a significant contributor
to your overall healthy solution and healthy lifestyle
Are You A Healthy Living
Optimist Or An Un-healthy Living Pessimist?
In life, you always have countless healthy living choices in every
area of your life. You may for example opt to take on the
pessimist’s view/route - living a self-defeated life. Or
alternatively, you may can take the optimist’s route, thereby
enjoying a challenging yet happy and fulfilling life.
There are a number of significant healthy living benefits found to
be associated with being optimistic. Ladies! Having an
optimistic outlook has been linked to improved health, longevity,
positive mood, happiness, success and the ability to deal more
adequately with life's challenges and traumas - to name but a few.
The rate of depression and pessimism on the other hand, are now at
at an all-time high. These traits do not discriminate and affects
both young and those of more mature years. It is reported that the
age of onset has significantly fallen in recent years, making
depression and pessimism a worrying teenage disorder as well.
If you were passed over for promotion in favour of your colleague,
would you be pleased for him/her but vow to polish up your act and
push for better results the next time promotion came around? Or
are you more likely to feel discouraged and re-affirm to yourself
that you probably weren't good enough to get the job anyway and
not bother about being a front runner next time around? If you
identify yourself as a pessimist, you have some serious
work to do. Here's why?
Healthy Living Benefits Of
Being An Optimist
Research confirms that having an optimistic outlook on life can
increase your body's ability to fight disease, make you
healthier and cause you to live longer
As well as enjoying better health, optimists, age better
and are less encumbered with illnesses and frailties that are
usually associated with aging. One likely reason for this is
their approach to dealing with stressful situations head on,
as opposed to pessimists who are more likely to
react by denying the difficulty exist, pushing it to
one side or not dealing with it
Healthy living optimists expect the best out of every
situation. They deal with life's blows from a positive
world-view - i.e. as temporary setbacks that can be remedied
by adjusting/changing their actions/approach toward their goal. This contrast
sharply with pessimists, who tend to accept that
unfavourable events are of their own making. This mindset
further undermines and keeps them blocked, as opposed to
freeing up their thinking process to explore and/or create
movement or even other healthy solutions to the the challenges
they face now or in the future
A healthy living optimist will focus on and find
ways to overcome the challenge. S/he will positively
embrace a challenge as an opportunity for new learning, -
even when that learning means s/he must worker much harder.
Not to mention the 'buzz' to be experienced for a
successful goal outcome
Healthy living optimists think, speak and conduct
themselves in a positive manner. They don't engage in self-
defeating talk, unlike pessimists who will tell
themselves - for instance, "I don't want to do it because I
know I'll fail"
People who are optimistic possess the ability to stand
on their own two feet, are not dependent upon others' for deeds
or for approval and can make their own decisions. They have a
happy disposition and are not reliant upon someone else for
their happiness. They act like social magnets who have a knack
of drawing people toward them and whom they influence in positive
ways. Pessimists on the other hand, are more likely to
be perceived by others as bringers of 'doom and gloom' or even
negativity. And as a consequence, may be treated unfavourably
or avoided altogether
The above illustrate some, but by no means all, the traits and
characteristics of both optimism and pessimism. As you can see, they have a bearing on womens health and fitness in the emotional sense. Both of
these are grossly under-stated concepts that carry significant
weight in the realms of womens health, womens healthy living goals and lifestyle choices.
Looking closely at both concepts might help explain the reasons behind many of your lifestyle choices and how these choices may have helped to create or to damage your healthy living goals or aspirations.
Having a healthy lifestyle or living healthily is more than simply
taking care of our physical needs - i.e. what you eat, how you
eat - what you do and how you go about doing it. Healthy living is
equally about how you think and how you go about finding healthy
living solutions that fit with a positive take on life.
Healthy living means that when
the going gets tough, you learn to persevere. It really isn't
that hard to work on and change a pessimistic attitude to an
optimistic one. Just work at doing the opposite of what
you normally do. That way, you move yourself one step closer to
really achieving your health womens healthy living goals and to
enjoying a truly more fulfilling and rewarding life.
Get started today on setting yourself some healthy living goals
to raise your level of optimism. You'll find all the guidance, goal worksheets and goal setting action plans at activity goal setting.
"Optimist sees a half full
glass of water, pessimist sees it half empty"
"Two men look out through the same bars; one sees the mud, and one
sees the stars" (Frederick Langbridge)
The information on this site is purely of educational value
and is not intended to replace your seeking medical advice. You
must consult your doctor over all your health concerns.
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