Positive Vibes


If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I have been a little more motivational over the last 7 days.

These extra good vibes stemmed from a collaborative project between Joe Blogs and Simplyhealth who were looking for bloggers to join them in spreading the word that it was Mental Health Awareness Week (11-17 May), as well as promoting the benefits of thinking positively. The concept was to tweet at least one upbeat message a day over the course of the week and in return for our contribution, £50 would be donated to the amazing mental health charity, Mind.

As you may already know, I struggle with my own mental health issues therefore I am always enthusiastic to do what I can to spread awareness. I believe that having open conversations, sharing information and experiences is hugely beneficial in breaking down the stigma surrounding such illnesses, hence my desire to get involved.

I began my blog a few years ago as a private place to store positive experiences, in the hope that it might enable me to gain some perspective when I was having a particularly low day. Since making Emma Inks public back in September I have stuck with these foundations, and tried to continue this upbeat attitude throughout all aspects of my life, because of this I did not think that tweeting positively everyday would be too much of an arduous task.

I soon found out that being positive and spreading positivity are very different things. I have alway had bit of an issue with motivational quotes. I feel that they are wishy washy generalisations and though they may come from a genuine place to me they often seem a little contrived. Despite this slightly harsh scepticism they seem to be a source of inspiration for a lot of people, so I though I would give it a shot.

Here are the 7 positive tweets that I sent;

On reviewing these tweets I realised that the ones I wrote myself were the most beneficial to me, and hopefully to others. I felt like sharing my experience of turning a negative into a positive were genuine and more relatable. The quote from Lena Dunham I also think has value as I find her an inspiration. The others which are in quotations marks I got from Pinterest and, though they are nice, they do make me want to roll my eyes a little bit. This is because unlike the others they lack context and seem impersonal.

With something as serious as mental illnesses a simple quote that can be moulded to fit almost any scenario is not something that I have found helpful in lifting my spirits. What assists me is a genuine realisation that things are not as bleak as I first thought.

This can found in many ways, kindness from a friend, reading other peoples words and releasing that I am not alone, chatting online,  looking back on my own blog or, as I said above, taking time to reset. These are not the ingredients for the perfect recipe for good mental health as everyone is unique and finds inspiration and positivity from different sources. I think the key is working out what makes you feel positive rather than being disheartened when a one size fits all method does not work.

This all sounds very negative, however, I do very much believe in the power of positive thought. Though I remain a realist and serial eye-roller I no longer let my bad attitude get in the way of my happiness. I have learned in the past few years to let the negatives go, unless it is something I am particularly passionate about, such as human rights, or that I can see someone may not have a voice of their own. I mention these examples as I don’t believe that positivity necessarily means that everything has to be sunshine and rainbows all the time, for me it has been about finding a balanced optimism that is not detrimental to my beliefs or general sassiness.

Making this mental switch has not only made me a more positive person, but also more open minded. I now take time to try and see the other people’s points of view rather than shooting things down that I don’t understand or I am apprehensive about. This mental shift has not just helped with my well being but has made way for new experiences, allowed me to meet new people and has grown my confidence which, in turn, has assisted with my anxiety.

Though I am still very much a newbie at the concept of conscious positive thinking, Simplyhealth have put together an easy to follow Five Step Guide that some of you might find useful.

Do you guys have any tips for positive thinking?

* The main image was taken in Dublin on the run up to the Gay Marriage referendum in Ireland, it is pretty clear that I think  YES is a positive step forward 

 

6 comments

  1. Jessie says:

    I love this post! It’s so important to stay positive! I always try to remember the little things in life, such as days out with my family or funny memories I have with my boyfriend – those are the things that make me happy! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    1. Emma says:

      I am glad that you like the post. Sometimes it is hard but taking time to appreciate the things that I have instead of dwelling on the the things I have not yet achieved or I want has really helped me become a much happier person.

  2. adales8 says:

    I was so glad that I was given the opportunity to participate. Mind does some incredible work and they deserve all the money they can get! x

    1. Emma says:

      Completely agree they are a wonderful charity and I was so pleased to get involved

  3. Alice Young says:

    I thin positive thought is so effective at changing your mindset and your outlook on life – a good thing to do is, at the end of each day, write down tens things that made you happy that day, and don’t let your self stop until you’ve reached ten!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. Emma says:

      Alice that is a great idea, I might start doing this before I go to bed at night to reflect on the day

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