“Your brain is always eavesdropping on your thoughts. As it listens, it learns. If you teach it about limitations, your brain will become limited…teach your brain to be unlimited” – Deepak Chopra
Affirmations have become a popular tool within the wellness space. And for good reason.
When I first began to use affirmations in my daily routine I was aware of the results others were getting, but was unsure about how they could benefit me personally. It seemed weird saying things out loud that I didn’t necessarily always believe to be true or even possible. After a while, I began to realize how much of a positive impact they had on my mindset, my emotions, and my life in general.
Things in my life began to just ‘work out.’ What I mean by that is the affirmations I said to myself daily or weekly began to affect my behaviours, actions, and thoughts in a such a way that ‘good’ things started happening to me.
This is because when you constantly have negative thoughts, your mood, outlook on life, and confidence becomes negative, too. Negative thoughts can become self-fulfilling prophecies.
When we talk ourselves into believing that we’re not good enough or can’t do all the things we want to do, we don’t end up making the necessary moves to achieve our goals.
On the flipside, when we deliberately and purposefully have positive thoughts and affirm those thoughts, the effects can be powerful and transformative.
So, what are affirmations and how can you use them to change your outlook on life? Keep reading to find out!
What Are Affirmations & How Do They Work?
Affirmations are positive statements or reminders that help you overcome and challenge negative thoughts.
Think of affirmations like a declaration of a quality you possess or would like to possess. The logic is that if you regularly repeat a positive affirmation like “I am confident,” you will start to believe it, therefore making it true.
Some people consider affirmations to be “wishful thinking,” but research proves otherwise.
According to a study by Stanford University, self-affirmations create a positive feedback loop between the self and the social system, ultimately creating positive outcomes overtime. Each time you repeat your affirmations, you send your brain a message.
In response to this message, neurons in your brain create pathways. These pathways rewire your brain which causes you to make new behavioral changes that align with your positive affirmations.
Cool, right? You can literally speak what you want into existence.
Examples Of Affirmations You Can Use For Inspiration
- I radiate love.
- I love my body and all it does for me.
- I respect my own boundaries.
- I embrace my unique individuality.
- I do not let my fear hold me back.
- I am strong and resilient.
- I am not my mistakes or my flaws.
- I am at peace with who I am as a person.
How To Incorporate Affirmations Into Your Daily Routine
There are many ways you can incorporate affirmations into your daily routine. The important thing is to find affirmations that resonate with you, our goals, and who you want to be as a person.
Once you pick a few different affirmations, you can
- Say them out loud in front of a mirror, or quietly to yourself whenever you need them
- Write them down in your journal, either repetitively or work them into your daily journal practice
- Repeat them in your head during meditation
Personally, I like to write a few affirmations down in my journal, then write about how they make me feel, and think about them while I meditate. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on this but find a method that works for you and keeps you motivated.
Have you ever practiced affirmations? Are they something you would consider doing or do you think it’s unrealistic?
I’d love to hear what you think and as always, be good to yourselves!
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