The Power of Positive Thinking: Tips on how to be more positive

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

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The power of Positive thinking is an every day mission for me. I receive many emails from readers who ask my advice on how to cope with chronic health issues and other frustrating things in life. My biggest advice is to think positive. I can’t stress enough how important it is to always replace a negative thought with a positive one.

I have struggled in the past with negative ruminating thoughts that would plague my mental and emotional energy. I would feel so frustrated about my health issues and start to feel sorry for myself and I got into a horrible cycle of never-ending negative thoughts. I finally got to the point where I realized that thinking negatively would never help me to better myself in any way. I started to slowly incorporate one positive thought at a time into my daily routine and over the years it has become much more natural to me to automatically replace a negative thought with something positive. It is still a challenge and I work at it every single day. Positive thinking can help immensely with the management of stress and can help to improve your health.

The Mayo Clinic notes that positive thinking can bring about a longer life span, a greater quality of life, reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, lower stress and depression levels and even a better immune system. Positive thinking can alter your life outlook so that you feel a greater sense of health and vitality, and project that feeling into real results in your health.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

 

Start With These Tips:

 

1.) Out With The Old, In With The New

The minute you feel yourself thinking something negative – quickly replace that negative thought with a positive one. If you feel like you cannot possibly think of something positive when you are sad, depressed, angry, etc — let me tell you that you can. It can be anything positive from the weather, the way someone smiled at you, something you love about yourself or someone else, your animals, a good book, anything will suffice as long as it’s a positive thought.

2.) Fake It Til You Make It

You do not have to truly believe in what you are saying as long as you say it enough to the point where your mind and body start to believe it. You will get to that point once you practice thinking positively on a moment to moment basis. It won’t always come easy but having a desire to better yourself is the first step to change.

3.) Lick  Those Wounds

Let yourself be sad. This might seem counterproductive but I think instead of trying to never feel upset, that we should accept that many things in our life are hard and may be sad and let yourself feel sorry for yourself for a little bit if you need to (but not for too long). Lick your wounds and get back up and be positive.

4.) Find Something Positive In Everything

This goes back to a point I made in the first tip. There is always something positive in everything that we do and everything that we experience. It is a matter of having the will to dig deep into what those positive things are and holding onto them with all that you have. Don’t stress yourself out if you feel blocked and can’t think of anything good. When you give up the pressure to have to feel or be a certain way you will slowly start to see that it isn’t so hard to find something positive in all that you do.

5.) Like Attracts Like

Let’s be honest – as much as most of us want to avoid all negative people, it can be hard to do. The best thing you can do is try to not let your energy be sucked out from “energy vampires” as I like to call them. If someone is being negative, don’t let yourself go to that negative place too. Help them out of it. Give them positive reinforcements. In time you will find that the more positive you are as a person, the more positive people you will attract in your life and vice versa.

6.) Positive Mantras:

Start off your day by reciting something that is happy, uplifting and positive. It can be anything from “today is going to be a good day no matter what comes my way”, or “I accept whatever this day will bring me with open arms” and end your evening with positive thoughts like “today was hard but I am so proud of myself for getting through it with a smile”, “I will do even better tomorrow”, “tomorrow will be amazing”. These all might sound cheesy to you but they really do work when used daily!

“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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I hope some of these tips are helpful to you and please feel free to share your experiences with positive thinking in the comments!

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xoxo,

Britanie

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Rest, relax, and be in a letgo.

“Rest, relax, and be in a letgo. Letgo is the secret of life. Letgo is the secret of religion. Letgo is the greatest secret. When you are in a letgo many things, millions of things, start happening. They were already happening but you were never aware.” – Osho

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Lately I have been really trying even harder to stay present in the moment and to surround myself with the most positive of energies that I can. I have a lot going on with my health right now and I could easily choose to just give in to the stress and the frustration of it all, but instead I am trying to focus on the things I am not lacking in: i.e.- love, support, inspiration, faith, hope.

It can be very easy from an outsiders view to look in on someones life (especially nowadays with blogs, facebook, twitter, etc) and to judge someone’s life based on a mere glimpse of what that person chooses to share with the world. I try to share the things that are hopeful and happy in my life. I will not ever pretend that everything in my life is perfect because there is no such thing as perfection. I also will never be actively negative on my blog or any other source of an outlet for myself and others.

I believe in being honest and real but there is nothing good that can come from focusing solely on the painful and sad things in your life. It’s normal and okay to share those things with people you love and trust but always bear in mind that negative energy can easily be contagious and projected and is not usually ever useful for neither yourself or anyone else.

My goal in my life is to find ways to cope with the hardships I have been given for whatever reason they may be. I plan to take whatever possible good I can from every painful thing I experience, both physical, emotional and mental. From pain comes knowledge and strength. I choose to keep pushing on through the setbacks so that I can find the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get there is always something to be thankful for.

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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

I am lucky enough to live very close by to Kripalu which is one of the most calming, beautiful and meditative spots around. I love to go here and take photos, explore the grounds, visit the cafe and shop and just sit and look out at the magnificent view.

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St. Francis of Assisi

Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis deal with his love for animals. Perhaps the most famous incident that illustrates the Saint’s humility towards nature is recounted in the “Fioretti” (“Little Flowers”), a collection of legends and folklore that sprang up after the Saint’s death. It is said that, one day, while Francis was traveling with some companions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to “wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds.”The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away. He is often portrayed with a bird, typically in his hand.

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Organic Wild Rosehip Seed Oil  & 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter

I have been wanting to try pure Rosehip seed oil for awhile now and when I found this one for just $15.95 I had to get it. It’s an added bonus that it’s Organic. I also picked up some more Shea Butter because I go through it so quickly and this one in particular is so soft, it’s almost whipped! It goes on like a dream. Both of these are super hydrating (and affordable!).

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I went to the ER yesterday afternoon after having severe spasms in my stomach for the past few days. It got worse yesterday and I decided it probably best to go get it checked out. I deal with chronic digestive issues on a daily basis but these spasms were consistent and different than usual. I spent four hours in the ER, had x-ray’s and blood work and thankfully they didn’t find anything serious. I am scheduled for exploratory surgery on Friday to rule out any possibility of an Ulcer, Diverticulitis, etc. If everything comes back normal than it’s most likely my Spastic Colon that’s causing the pain. I will feel better once I have everything ruled out though.

I will go back to what I said earlier in this post and that is that I am focusing on the good that came from this situation. I ended up meeting someone at the hospital who recommended a specific medication for my chronic nausea and so far it’s been life changing.

There is a reason for everything we experience (good or bad). It may not always be our destiny in this lifetime to know the reason why, but it is up to us to decide what to do with the information we are given and whether or not we wish to turn it into something positive.

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only recommend products that I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

life update | I am closer to the clouds up here.

Life Lately (click on photos to view larger):

I have been getting back into cooking and baking lately. I think it’s the weather. The cooler it gets the more inspired I am to make warm, comfort foods. I just love Autumn. I can’t express it enough. If only it could stay Fall forever. Perpetual Autumn – my dream. I stopped at a Jersey Cow Farm not far from my house and the cows all came over to be one after another, some random guy that was walking by called me the “cow whisperer”, it’s funny because people have said that before. It makes me smile. It’s all about the little joys in life that make everything. My Iron Transfusions start next week. I’m nervous but prepared and so ready to have energy.  I also have an appointment in November with an Endometriosis specialist who works at a new center for Endometriosis in Boston. I am very eager to hear what options they have to offer me and I am hoping there will be something new that I haven’t tried. The more time I spend with my nephew Carter, the more I keep thinking about having my own baby and I want my body to be as healthy as possible before I can start really thinking about that. It’s really exciting to look forward to though. I am having a tough time right now with my health but honestly I feel like things are going to start getting better, I really do. I think better things are coming for me and these setbacks in my health are just more stepping-stones towards more knowledge and a stronger mind and body.

I will be doing more reviews this upcoming week and also another giveaway. I am so thankful for everyone who reads and comments and likes my blog, it means so much to me and just inspires me to work harder.

xoxo,

Britanie

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