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Having a healthy mind, attitude can take you a long way

Monday, February 22, 2010

A positive outlook is better for a person than to always look for the worst and negative.
A positive outlook is better for a person than to always look for the worst and negative.

Have you ever known anyone who constantly complained about whatever they could think of? And then there’s the person who always sees positive in situations? Which of these is healthier?

A positive outlook is better for a person than to always look for the worst and negative.

The American Psychiatric Association offers the following tips:

• Balance your needs. Mental health is essential to overall health. Recognize that stress affects your entire body. Physical activity, diet, sleep and stress management all play a part in having a healthy mind and a healthy life. Taking care of your own needs will help you remain healthy and able to respond to the needs of your family.

• Surround yourself with supportive people. Look to family and friends for support when facing an emotionally stressful situation. Surround yourself with people you trust and who have your best interests in mind. Their encouragement and feedback will help you think positively.

• Focus on the positive. Avoid activities that cause you to dwell on why you’re stressed. Amid the steady drumbeat of negative news, limit your news consumption and make time for other activities; such as listening to music or reading a book. Make sure conversations with friends, family or co-workers do not dwell too long on stressful or negative topics.

• Socialize and have fun. Invite friends and family for fun activities — watch a movie or play a game at home, take a hike or a walk, and/or arrange a neighborhood cookout. Social activities can help keep you and your family healthy and focused on the positive, and

• Know when to get additional support. Stay in tune with how you are feeling. Even when you are taking positive steps to manage stress, you can get to a point where you need additional help. If you notice that stress is interfering with your daily life, there are many places you can turn to for support – including your family doctor, religious or spiritual advisor, or a mental health professional.

If one constantly complains about being tired, eventually they really will feel tired. It’s the same with illness.

Sure, there are times in our lives when we get the flu, or a cold, or something and we really feel bad. We don’t ever have to deny a true feeling. But when it’s framed in such a way as to not be to negative we can at least feel better.

Besides how it makes us feel, nobody wants to be around someone who constantly complains about everything they can think of including health.

When times and troubles are at their worst it gives the opportunity to look for the positive.

If a troubled mind sets in read something fun and entertaining in your downtime or watch a movie that makes you laugh or takes your mind off of whatever it is that is causing the stress.

Barb Kampbell of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at or visit to find out how to order her new book “Living Life Inside Out.”


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