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WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP POSITIVE

WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP POSITIVE

24th November 2020

Covid-19 has had a massive effect on all our lives and sometimes it’s hard to remain upbeat with so much uncertainly around us. No doubt, these times will pass, but in the here and now it’s essential that we pay attention to our mental health.

We all know that negative thinking is not good for us, but are you aware that Repetitive Negative Thinking (RNT) can increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?

Researchers at University College London tracked the health of 292 individuals over the age of 55 for 2 years; study participants responded to questions about how they typically think about negative experiences, focusing on RNT patterns like rumination about the past and worry about the future. The participants also completed measures of depression and anxiety symptoms. [1]

The researchers found that those with high RNT scores suffered greater cognitive decline and memory loss. Brain scans also revealed that they had higher levels of deposits of tau and amyloid proteins which are seen in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.[2] Feeling negative about the occasional upset is not going to cause any long-term damage to your cognitive function, but a long-term chronic “glass-half-empty” view might.

So, when you find yourself on that hamster wheel of negativity, make a conscious effort to jump off and think/do something positive.
Homefield recommends the following: keeping a gratitude journal, going for a walk in nature, taking up some exercise, practising meditation/mindfulness,

and keeping that glass half full!

[1] https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2020/jun/repetitive-negative-thinking-linked-dementia-risk

[2] https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2020/jun/repetitive-negative-thinking-linked-dementia-risk

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