Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. For many people, this can be a time of stress, which is bad for your health. Planning ahead is a great way to prevent stress so the resources in this article about planning ahead can definitely help. Another way to combat stress is to practice positive thinking. A positive outlook also has practical health benefits: it’s good for your heart, improves your ability to cope, and even helps you fight off the common cold.
We know it can be tough to stay positive this time of year, so here are some tips to help you look at the bright side:
- Do something new. Change up your routine and you will probably see life in a different light. Explore a new part of Washington or reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a long time.
- Spend time around positive people. Friends can brighten your mood, and friends who keep it light and happy are even better. Stay close to these people and you’ll find happiness rubs off.
- Share your troubles with a friend. Feeling alone with your problems always makes them worse. Sharing with a friend can help you see the brighter side of things.
- Compliment others and brighten their days. Making others feel good about themselves is one of the best ways to keep things positive. Try it out!
- List the things you are thankful for. Want that Thanksgiving feeling all season long? List out the things that make you feel grateful and you’ll quickly see there’s lots to smile about.
Talk to your health care provider. Asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength. Your doctor can refer you to treatments and programs that will help. Community Health Plan of Washington also has programs that can help. To learn more, call our customer service team at 1-800-440-1561 (TTY Relay: Dial 7-1-1).
Make this holiday season the happiest and healthiest yet—practice positive thinking!