Do you positively encourage yourself every day? Do you have a habit of correcting yourself if your negative thoughts are getting in your way? Do you forgive yourself? Do you treat yourself? Have you ever considered to make positivity a habit?
For the past couple of weeks I have been thinking about my attitude towards the mundane, every day things. When I’m overwhelmed, I tend to be short-tempered and have less patience (something Brian rightfully calls me out on). This is a never-ending cycle, as the less patience I have the more mistakes I make, which triggers even more anger. It’s something I struggle with, and when I’m not conscious about how I react, my anger gets the best of me.
Over a year ago I made a commitment to myself to embark on a journey towards positive self-image. When we take care of ourselves and love ourselves, we can be sure we are on the path to positivity. While I have reaped the physical benefits of prioritizing fitness as self-love, I still find myself lacking in the positivity department.
That’s why I’m partnering with Pamprin to talk about “pampering” yourself (get it?) and embracing the positives around us. I love the positivity campaign Make Positive Thinking A Habit: A 21-Day Guide to Positively Powerful Thinking by Pamprin. They say it takes three weeks to make a habit, and what better habit could you implement than a habit of positivity? Join me on this 21-day journey of making positivity a priority for yourself and how you interact with others.
7 Easy Steps to Make Positivity a Habit
Day 1. Start today with 3 positive self-affirmations – Attach your list to your mirror. Read them aloud every day. Add to the list every day.
Day 2. Find positive company – Who are the stars in your social circle? Who builds you up? Stick with the stars and become one.
Day 3. Make a list of things for which you’re grateful – An attitude of gratitude is a sure fire way to attract positive vibes.
Day 4. Give yourself and others an “atta girl (boy.)” – When you give encouraging words, you also receive them.
Day 5. Seek, and you will find – We are responsible for choosing our perception. Look for the good, and you’re 100% guaranteed to find it.
Day 6. Find what brings you joy and order it up every single day. Unlike fleeting pleasure, joy is consistent. We cultivate it internally.
Day 7. Stop to smell the roses. Give one away. – Be present minded enough to give and receive life’s simple gifts.
Day 8. Hit “replay” and make it a habit – Positive thinking begets positive action. Positive action (over and over) creates positively powerful results.
For me, the most difficult parts of this challenge are days 1, 4 and 6. Giving others a compliment isn’t a problem for me; it’s accepting compliments that usually makes me squirm. My gut reaction is always to muster a reason as to why I shouldn’t be praised. Somewhere along the way I was discouraged to be vocal about your accomplishments and, although they meant well, it’s created a mental block for me when it comes to accepting compliments.
- I am multi-talented and it’s okay to allow myself to succeed.
- I am worthy of feeling beautiful.
- I am loved, I am wanted, and I make a difference.
One thing that I’m ashamed of lately is not nurturing what brings me joy: singing. I regretfully had to leave my cantor position at my local church due to (dare I say it?) a culture of negativity within the ministry. In a way, I implemented Day 2 of Make Positive Thinking A Habit a year ago, however, I also removed a crucial component of what makes me happy in life: making music with and for others. I have noticed that a spark of joy went missing in my life during this time and I’ve struggled to get it back. Brian has told me I have an edge lately (and by lately I mean for the past year) and I honestly think this is the reason why.
On a lighter note, the holiday season always brings out the music makers and, hopefully, I will find a community to make a joyful sound with soon. One way I am working to make positivity a habit is through music. Next week I will be attending a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors, a charming opera in one act about a little boy who tells tall tales and somehow ends up joining in on the Adoration of the Magi.
So Why Pamprin?
I have always heard about Pamprin but didn’t realize how great it really is until recently. I usually resort to taking copious amounts of ibuprofen (which can be dangerous for your liver), but Pamprin actually has the same strength as acetaminophen and it treats for bloating + irritability! It has an antihistamine to relieve sensitivity, a diuretic to help with the inevitable bloating, and a pain reliever to help with the other symptoms (cramps, headache, backaches, and muscle aches). It’s not your typical pain reliever. Ever since
I’ll tell you what, it is really difficult (if not impossible) to make positivity a habit when you’re in pain. Last month I found myself without Pamprin and it was a real struggle bus to be bright eyed and bushy tailed. Pamprin strives to make you feel like your BEST SELF by promoting positive self-care through the power of positive thinking, which I love. I could’ve used a little more positive thinking last month!
Exercise is a form of self-care that I have prioritized in my life, and I dread not being able to exercise due to period pain. Thanks to Pamprin, I can continue to make positivity a habit even during days where it’s a challenge.
Will you take the Make Positive Thinking A Habit: A 21-Day Guide to Positively Powerful Thinking challenge? I encourage you to incorporate these tips to make positivity a habit.
What are some ways you strive to make positivity a habit?