Happiness Is A State Of Mind: Discover The Power Of Positive Thinking With Pamprin

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

I didn't really understand what positive thinking was about, until I personally experienced its power in my life. As it turns out it made a huge difference for me, and it can do the same for you too. Together with Pamprin, I invite you to practice self-care daily in order to change your perspective, improve your attitude and boost your well-being. But how? Keep reading to learn about the 21-day Positivity Challenge!

First, let me start by telling you a little more about my personal history with positive thinking. I haven’t always been an optimist, and that’s the least I can say. Cynicism has deep roots in my culture, where being a misunderstood artist with a tortured mind is seen as a lot cooler than being a happy and bubbly person. At some point, when my anxiety became completely overwhelming, I realized that this attitude wasn’t serving me. Then I started to understand that pessimism and cynicism were not personality traits, but habits I could change. I stood at a crossroads where I had to make a choice: keep nurturing my self-defeating thoughts and viewing life as a constant struggle, or open myself up to positive self-care and change my mindset.

I’m hard to convince and I need cold hard facts more than New Age mantras, so I started researching the science behind positive thinking. What I discovered is that thinking positive thoughts makes you feel good. That might seem obvious to you, but it wasn’t to me!

What the field of psychology has determined is that our emotions come from our thoughts. Our thoughts create our emotions, not the other way around, so behind every emotion positive or negative, there is a thought. Nobody can make you feel angry, only YOU can make yourself angry with thoughts such as “the way this person is treating me is unacceptable!” or “this situation is so unfair to me!”. Without thinking those thoughts, you can’t possibly experience the feeling of anger (if you’re interested in learning more, I would suggest reading the book Feeling Good by David D. Burns, a psychiatrist who pioneered cognitive therapy).

That makes a lot of sense, and it explains why harboring constant negative thoughts feeds anxiety, depression, low self-confidence and general bad mood by generating negative emotions. Encouraging positive thoughts, on the other hand, builds confidence, optimism and happiness. So how do you go about inviting more positive thoughts into your head?

Practicing positive thinking may feel awkward in the beginning, but that’s true of everything new. To make it a second nature and change your outlook on life you just need to turn it into a habit. Building a new habit takes about 3 weeks – another fact I learned from reading about psychology. Not sure where to start? Let’s begin with a plan! I’ve partnered with Pamprin to bring you this 21-day Positivity Challenge that will help you make positive thinking a healthy habit. Just complete the simple, positive task every day of the week for three weeks in a row and experience the change in your life!

growing wings the power of positive thinking self-care

- Day 1: start with three positive affirmations. Write them down, keep them in a place where you can see them, and read them aloud several times throughout the day.
- Day 2: keep positive company. Spend time with people that lift you up rather than take you down. It doesn’t mean you should ditch your friends or family members who are struggling of course, but engage more with the people that make you smile. Pets are also very positive company!
- Day 3: list what you are grateful for. It’s easy to fixate on what we don’t have, but focusing on what you do have and feeling grateful for it is an instant way to lift your mood.
- Day 4: encourage yourself and others. Spread the positivity! Tell your co-worker they did a great job with their presentation, your neighbor that they look radiant today, or your friend that their pasta salad is the best.
- Day 5: look for the good. See the glass half full, not half empty.
- Day 6: find what brings you joy. Maybe it’s spending time with your loved ones: family, friends, or furry ones. Maybe it’s baking, fixing bikes, running, doing nail art. Find things that make you feel good and keep doing them, just for yourself.
- Day 7: notice the beauty and give it away. Be mindful of all the small things around you that make life more enjoyable, and gift them to others.

At the end of the week, just start again from day one!

pamprin multi-symptom for PMS cramps, headaches backaches irritability bloating

Once you have made positive thinking a habit, you can learn to talk back to your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones to change how you feel about things: for example, replace "that annoying time of the month" with "the natural expression of my femininity" when thinking about your period. Pamprin, who created this 21-day Positivity Challenge, is all about supporting women practicing positive self-care. Because they know women need extra support around the time of their period, they created a multi-symptom medication that treats all the PMS symptoms.

Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against bloating and water weight gain, and a pain reliever to alleviate cramps.  Unlike basic medications Pamprin Multi-Symptom treats all the menstrual symptoms, not just pain, so you can be yourself and keep your positive attitude no matter what time of the month. Pamprin Multi-Symptom has the same strength as pain medications such as Extra Strength Tylenol, plus the added benefits of fighting against bloating and irritability!

Inviting more positivity into my life for the past few years I have felt more confident about trying new things that are out of my comfort zone. One of them is exercise: I was never an athletic person – until about a year ago, when I gave high-intensity workouts a try. I struggled a lot but I discovered that I love it! I enjoy the challenge, and I feel empowered by working hard and pushing myself. I now run, do spin classes, barre and circuit training at least three times a week – in fact I just received an email from my favorite fitness studio congratulating me for completing my 99th class! I love how regular exercise makes my body and my mind feel, and Pamprin Multi-Symptom helps me keep it up all month long. With all my PMS symptoms taken care of I’m always up for a challenge, I don’t need to take a break during my period!

Are you ready for the 21-day Positivity Challenge? What do you do to lift your mood if you’re feeling down?

Do you want to read more positive stories? Check out Christina-Lauren's 5 Inspiring Ways To Become a Happier Person, Ivy's Period Survival Essentials or Coral's take on the 21-day challenge.

No comments

Unfortunately the comment system does not work on mobile phones at this time :( If you see this message and leave a comment, I will be unable to approve it, I'm really sorry about this issue!