The Powder of Daily Affirmations
Affirmations can be a powerful tool for improving your outlook on life and boosting your mental health.
Daily affirmations are an excellent way to start your day with positive thoughts that will help carry you through the rest of your day.
The power of daily affirmations is undeniable, but how do they work? In this blog post, we will explore how daily affirmations can change your outlook on life and help you live in a more positive way.
How Affirmations can Help your State of Mind
Have you ever noticed that a smile can be contagious?
Smiling releases endorphins into your brain which then improves your happiness. This is just a small example of how intricately we are connected.
Our brain is more powerful than you may realise!
Imagine how life-changing it would be if you changed the way in which you speak to yourself.
How much happier would you be if your internal dialogue was a reflection of positive affirmations?
Affirmations are positive words or a group of words that help to improve your mental health, help you to think more positively, and help you to process your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
When you routinely make time for daily affirmations each day, you are helping to reprogram your thinking patterns.
You start to understand how you see certain things and events happening in your life and begin to see things differently and learn to see them in a different light.
It enables you to see the positive in each situation instead of instantly dwelling on the negative.
How to Start with Daily Affirmations
Are you that person who tells yourself, “You can’t do that, you will never be able to complete that”?
Those words only create a negative loop in your brain and create a mental toll. The more you say those things, the truer they became because of what psychologists call cognitive dissonance.
We all experience this, some more than others. I’ve experienced this in the past, and there are ways to help break the cycle.
I have learned ways to help myself including journalling each morning and night before bed with positive affirmations.
This really helps to clear my mind by writing and debriefing about my day in my journal and gives me the opportunity to revisit my thoughts and in most cases when I look back on those thoughts and worries they seem really minor.
Using this journaling technique can be helpful in that it helps to identify issues or situations, find ways to overcome them, and also a way to evaluate and look back on my progress.
Another way is to simply start looking into the mirror each day, for me, while brushing my teeth, and telling yourself that you are beautiful and wonderful.
In fact, I challenge you to start today. It may feel awkward at first but give it a few days, and let it become a habit.
I know that after a few weeks, you will start seeing and feeling the confidence within yourself.
It Starts from Within Yourself
The real growth comes from believing in the things you say to yourself and removing the negativity that lives inside your own mind and stopping those negative thoughts in the first place.
Breaking through the tough exterior that you hide with all of your negative thoughts and feelings will decrease over time as you start to open up and change your mindset and by the way you look at situations and events that may happen in your life emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Firstly you need to start to knowledge your blessings and the positive things happening in your life.
Each day, get in the habit to journal three things you are thankful for.
It can be as simple as:
- I am thankful that my family and I are healthy,
- I am thankful that I can provide for my family,
- I am thankful for my children and husband.
Eventually, take it a step further and really dive deep for the things you’re grateful for in life.
Write these things down or say them aloud during your meditation time. Ensure you take 10 minutes to yourself each day in order to make this a habit.
Life will not always be fair. You don’t always have control over what is happening in your life, but you can control the way you think about things.
Getting in the habit and learning these skills will take some time and practice. It can be hard to retrain your mind to think in a positive light in every situation you come across and how you control your thoughts and your responses to situations but there are ways to look at these situations in a positive way.
Positive thinking is something that can make or break your day! Whatever energy you put out into the world comes back at you tenfold.
The best way to live your life is always to look forward in a positive way.
When you shift your focus from what you cannot control, to what you can, it becomes a natural response. This will change your perspective from the glass being half empty to being half full without you even realising it.
Acknowledging Yourself Through Affirmations
Acknowledging yourself for all of your accomplishments and what you have to be grateful for is sometimes hard. It’s hard to see the good in your life when you are focusing on other things that aren’t going so well, but one little positive statement can help make a big change and shift.
Daily Lists of Affirmations
Making a daily list in your journal can be a beneficial tool and habit to start if you are looking to make positive changes.
Write down a list of all the wonderful things that happen throughout your day.
Doing this each day you will start noticing more blessings and positive things in your life than you normally would.
Being thankful for what life has given you instead of dwelling on and focusing on negative aspects has really no point and does not serve any purpose at all.
Encourage yourself to find positive affirmations that are specific to who you are as an individual and to your needs.
Renew your mind and retrain yourself from thinking negatively. Instead, try and only let yourself think positive thoughts, like the ones below, and write them in your journal to help reaffirm.
- I am worthy
- I am enough
- I am beautiful
- I am smart
- I am kind
- I am strong
- I am unique
- I am loved
- I have support
- I have the power to do anything I set out to do
- I have got this
- Today is a new day
- I love myself
- I respect myself
Another idea is to write them on index cards or sticky notes and leave them in places to help you be reminded often and a great way to repeat them to yourself as often as possible.
My challenge to you is to start today to speak positive affirmations to yourself. Smile at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, “I am loved. I am strong and I am worthy.”
I really do believe in the power of positive affirmations to change your life for the better.
There is so much more that can be achieved when you start believing in yourself and start to think in a positive way!
Everything starts from within and when you start to think positively you start to feel better about yourself and the world around you.
Your thoughts create emotions which then create actions. It is imperative that you become skilled at changing those initial negative thoughts into something positive in order to see and feel the change.