Like with meditation, when I first heard about affirmations, I thought they were a load of woo.
Surely talking out loud to myself would make me seem more unraveled that I already was?! So just what exactly are affirmations, and how can they help you feel more positive day to day?
What Are Affirmations?
Put simply, affirmations are a method of changing your negative thought patterns into positive ones. They re-programme our subconscious mind to believe certain things about ourselves or the world and our place in it.
They are powerful because what we believe about ourselves on a subconscious level has a massive impact on the outcome of events. Henry Ford sums up what I’m trying to get at best in his quote; ‘If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.’
As I’ve written about before, I’m very aware that often the only thing holding me back from achieving what I want is what I’m thinking in my own head; my own lack of self-belief. Sound familiar to you too? Affirmations are a great way of empowering you to think differently about yourself.
5 Powerful Positive Affirmations
To remind you that you are in control of your own life:
I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents
To set a positive intention for the day:
Today I’m brimming with energy and overflowing with joy
To reinforce your total well-being:
My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant, my soul is tranquil
To boost your confidence:
I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilise today
To remind yourself just how strong you are:
My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite
The thing to remember with affirmations is they have to resonate with you. If you’re not able to connect with what you’re telling yourself, then they won’t work.
So, if none of the affirmations that I’ve shared sit well with you, research your own positive affirmations online, or, you could even write your own.
To write your own affirmations the best place to start is writing out your negative beliefs. Then, write a positive statement in the present tense, (the opposite of your belief) and make it filled with as much kindness to yourself as possible. After all, it’s how you’ll be speaking to yourself every day! Hopefully the affirmations I’ve shared above will give you a good idea of the most impactful words to use.
How to Practice Affirmations
First things first, you don’t have to say them out loud if you don’t want to. They’re just as powerful saying them in your head.
To be honest, affirmations aren’t part of my daily routine currently, but they have been in the past, and they made such a difference to my mindset. I felt that little bit better equipped to face the day because I’d given myself a pep talk first thing.
As with anything that benefits my mental well-being, I tend to have the bad habit of only practicing them when I ‘need’ it, rather than just having it as part of my daily routine as standard. It’s something I’m working on.
Affirmations helped me over come so much of my negative thinking in the past, so I’m definitely keen to give them a go again. I encourage you to as well.
My first tip with affirmations is to try not to overthink when you’ll practice them. I think that’s what’s held me back from having them as part of my morning rituals at the moment.
What used to work for me best was writing my affirmations on post-it notes and sticking them around the mirror in my en-suite bathroom. I was brushing my teeth in front of that mirror, so they were one of the first things I saw in the morning and one of the last things I saw at night. I would recite them in my head in the the few minutes I was brushing my teeth, and in the mornings, whilst I was putting my make-up on.
It did feel strange at first because I’d got so used to having negative thoughts floating around my head, and yes, I did feel a bit weird talking to myself, but, the more I said the words, the more I began to believe them. Looking myself in the eye as I was saying them in my head always used to help me really connect to the words too.
You might choose to write your affirmations on cards and carry them around in your pocket or purse, getting them out to look at and recite when you need a boost.
Or, to get you feeling positive and powerful from the get go, you could recite them during your morning shower.
As with anything powerful, it may take some trial and error, but it will be worth it. Just find a way that feels most comfortable for you.
Have you tried affirmations before? Which are your favourites of the ones I’ve shared? Tell me in the comments.
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