Every now and then, I see a statistic that surprises me. But here’s one that shocked me.
I saw something the other day that the typical person has somewhere between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts a day — and 80 percent of them are negative.
The typical person has 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day — and 80 percent of them are negative.
That much negative thinking would have an impact on anyone, but what I’m thinking about today is the impact it can have on someone with cognitive impairment.
Hi, I’m Tony Dearing, of GoCogno.com, the website for people with MCI, and author of the book, “I Want My Mind Back: The Go Cogno Approach to Halt or Reverse Mild Cognitive Impairment.”
So think a little bit about that statistic. Let’s say you have 12,000 thoughts in a day. If 80 percent of them are negative, that’s 9,600 negative thoughts every day, or roughly one negative thought every 6 seconds during your waking hours.
That is a lot of negativity. The kind of negativity that someone with cognitive impairment would be better off without.
I’ve been talking about that more in the past year or so. Having MCI can get you down. And worse than that, it can get you down on yourself.
When life gets us down, we want to pick ourselves up, and pick each other up.
We don’t want to pretend there aren’t negatives in life. We don’t want to walk around being Pollyanna all the time. But when life gets us down, we want to pick ourselves up, and pick each other up.
So let’s begin with how you treat yourself, and how you talk to yourself. Here’s a suggestion I saw the other day that I want to share with you.
Think how you talk to yourself about your MCI, and then think about how to you would talk to a family member or a friend if they were going through something difficult. What would you say to support them, to encourage them, to lift their spirits?
Think of those words and then say them to yourself. Be your own best friend.
That’s my encouragement to you this week. Amid all the negative thoughts that we bombard ourselves with, find a way to deliberately inject some positivity. Who knows? It might turn out to be contagious.
Thanks for joining me today. I’ll see you again next week. Until then, as always, be kind to your mind