“It’s you who takes care of everyone else,” says Rixton but let me ask you, who takes care of you? No one can make sure we’re treated right but ourselves. Because July is Nutrition Month, this month is about taking care of yourself. The first step is to not be hard on yourself and always thinking positive. Eating healthy and working out is great but the biggest boost to health is positive thinking.
- Did you know negativity is necessary for survival? Negativity focuses on fear which in the past prevented people from going into dangerous situations when people were cavemen and had a lot to be afraid of. Nowadays, it gives focus on the chances of failing and embarrassment.
- But positivity is also all the more necessary for growth. Negative thinking prevents us from seeing other courses of action whereas positive emotions opens our minds to more possibilities, allowing better decisions to be made. When was the last time you stopped yourself from doing something or made the wrong decision because you were too focused that you might fail? We’ve all been in that position and still sometimes end up in the same place. Regrets always come after.
- Think positive! Cliche but still just as effective in making life exciting. Positive thinking allows us to explore the world more, like try out new sports, establish relationships and consider things in a new light, improving us physically, socially, and enhancing our creativity. Being more open allows the development of other skills as well. Even if we don’t stay positive 100% of the time, the skills developed during those positive moments last longer. Along the way, we also create Instagram-worthy memories.
- Optimism leads to success, seriously it does. Positive thinking has been the Filipinos’ best weapon in times of hardship. Optimism makes us more resilient during times of stress and difficulty. When there’s less focus on having made mistakes and more attention on the information gained from experiences, then we learn more and learn faster. It’s no surprise that our society is filled with a lot of stories of Filipinos succeeding despite challenges.
- Positivity is the beginning of being healthy. Our outlook on life also has a direct impact on our health, particularly on our hearts. Positive emotions also affect our immune system and prevents cancer. Appreciating ourselves and not relying on other people to appreciate us also allows us to develop healthy habits such as eating right and becoming more active. Most of all, it allows us to focus on our personal growth.
Remember, “...the love that’s really real,” starts from the inside so “just breathe [and]...know everything is alright.” Turn up the volume and start “walking on sunshine” to these tunes.