THE POWER OF POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
“The mind is everything. What you think you become” –Buddha
Standing in front of a mirror and repeating a positive affirmation to yourself might seem a little weird, but it can have a significant impact on your life. Even though I have been immersed in the Wellness World for a while now, I have only recently started using positive affirmations’ as part of my day. I wanted to judge this process for myself and see what all of the fuss was about.
I got up every morning for one week, stood in front of a mirror and with as much positivity as I could muster at 7.30am, began repeating to my self “I am happy and healthy and I’m doing everything I need to be doing right now”. I chose the short and sweet version to start with, but I’m sure later on I can add in a few more key words such as, amazing and powerful. If only I could keep a straight face.
There is something special and empowering about telling yourself you are happy, and you are healthy. A little bit of self-love never hurt anyone and I have to say, I quiet enjoyed the morning pep talk.
I found myself interested in the power of positive affirmations after reading Kimberly Snyder’s new book, “The Beauty Detox Power”, which I highly recommend by the way. Her enthusiasm and her own self-love was enough to get me to do just about anything she recommended. I’m just glad all she suggested was a little positive affirmation added to the daily routine.
This year as part of my Blog, I decided to embrace new and exciting challenges. I’ve managed to tackle meditation and now I can happily say that I practice meditation on a daily basis (well most days) and that I love it (well maybe, really enjoy it). So if I can embrace that, then surely I can add daily affirmations to my morning routine as well. You know who much I love My Morning Routine.
You may have heard of the power of positive affirmations before but I thought I would write this article anyway. Don’t worry, its super easy to pick up and apply.
Why repeat positive affirmations to yourself?
So the big question is…”why stand in front of the mirror and repeat a message to your self?”. It is argued that repeating affirmations every day dislodges negative thoughts and beliefs and makes space for positive thoughts and feelings.. I know it sounds a bit airy-fairy, but stay with me, it’s important.
Positive affirmations are really powerful and can be useful in combating all sorts of issues, such as; body image, self-confidence or any feeling of lack of self worth. As a Health Coach and Nutritionist, I witness these feelings of self-doubt quite often. It never ceases to amaze me how many people feel that they are not important enough or that they don’t deserve to be happy or healthy.
This is where daily, positive affirmations have a big role to play The simple act of repeating a positive message to yourself, every day, even multiple times a day can dramatically improve your feeling of self worth. It’s the same as when you smile even if you’re not that happy. The simple act of smiling is often enough to make you feel a little happier. Repeating positive affirmations can have the same affect. If you tell yourself enough times that; “I am happy and loved” you will start to believe it. Our words are powerful. The issue is, we often focus our time on others and forget about ourselves.
Repeating positive affirmations is very similar to meditating. When you meditate you allow thoughts to enter your mind and you sit with them and let them develop or shift away. This alone is a powerful exercise that teaches us the power of our mind and to not focus on the negative.
“ When you believe you are good enough, your body will respond with more vitality and focused energy to create the changes you want” – kimberly Snyder
I have certainly found regularly meditating helps me feel happier and more positive. These are the feelings that positive affirmations can give, feelings like; I’m ok, I’m happy and healthy and doing the best I can.. Positive affirmations are a great self-acceptance and approval tool, which let’s be honest, we can all use from time to time.
Adding Positive Affirmations to your daily life?
There are a few key steps you need to follow when introducing positive affirmations to your life. They aren’t difficult and there are only a few points that you need to remember.
- Practice in front of a mirror. This increases your self-love and it’s as if your talking to yourself, which helps to reinforce it.
- Say it out loud like you are telling yourself and the World.
- Make the affirmations positive and encouraging.
- Use present tense like I am and I do.
- Practice them daily or even a few times a day.
You may feel a little stupid or funny repeating these messages to yourself, but just give it a go and see the difference that positive affirmations and thoughts can bring to your life and your overall happiness.
I have a small task I would like you to complete. I want you to get a notepad and write down 5-10 positive affirmations that you could say to yourself that would make you feel happy, fit, beautiful, special etc and then each week I want you to choose one of those positive affirmations to repeat to yourself. And if your looking for some brownie points you could even start writing a daily journal where you reflect on the impact that these positive affirmations have on your life.
So, good luck…..your wonderful, gorgeous, healthy, focused and you can tackle anything, so just go for it!’
I’d love to hear how you found this article and of course how you find the challenge, so please comment below.
If there is someone you know who might benefit from starting this practice, please spread the love and share this article. You can also check out my Instagram feed and Pinterest accounts for lots of inspirational quotes and messages that you can start using.
I’ve leave you with this inspiring short clip of a little girl practicing her morning affirmation. If only we could all start our days off like her.