Many of us (including me) have to struggle to maintain a physical fitness schedule, but how often do we consider ways to keep our mental fitness healthy and well-exercised? Focusing on positive thinking is a mental exercise we can all take advantage of as part of our daily routine.
I’d like to welcome back Dr. Carla-Krystin (ck) Andrade as a guest blogger on mental fitness. Dr. Andrade is a volunteer Scouter in the Pacific Skyline Council/Discovery District and a member of the BSA Emotional Fitness Task Force. She teaches youth in Scouting and the community how to master the art of positive thinking.
Think Positive, Boost Your Self-Esteem, and Stress Less
“I think I can, I think I can!” Many of us know that saying from The Little Engine that Could. Without realizing it, the Little Blue Engine had mastered one of the secrets of high self-esteem and low stress level – positive thinking.
Here’s how it works. We’ve all feel stressed from time-to-time. Each of us experiences this in our own way: headaches, shoulder tension, stomach pains, anger, anxiety, frustration, etc.
Yet, what we have in common is an overworked stress response or ‘fight or flight’ response that leads to us to experience these signs of stress. If we look closely at what triggers this stress response, we find that the culprit is our thoughts. Read more