Written by Sarah Davies | Healthy Minds
You’ve probably heard about the power of positive thinking. But, have you considered how affirmations could actually improve your life? According to Sarah Davies, Registered Psychologist, the possibilities are endless. So, what are the steps to finding an affirmation and making it powerful for you?
Sarah says that there are many different examples of affirmations, and they work best when they are personal and meaningful to you.
“Affirmations are simple yet incredibly powerful sentences which, when repeated often enough, can help us to assess and reconnect with our personal values in life and help us fulfill our potential,” Sarah says.
“Practicing affirmations can help to shift your mindset to a glass half-full mentality, as well as boosting your problem-solving skills - making you more aware and focused on what you value and really want in your life.”
Sarah says affirmations can help to replace any unhelpful statements you carry with you, with the truth of who you really are.
“I’ve been a practicing psychologist for over 15 years, and it is disheartening to witness so many people who have developed inaccurate and unhelpful core beliefs about themselves, such as ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I’m faulty and unlovable’,” Sarah says.
“These thoughts can be turned around to ‘I am enough just as I am (I was born worthy and do not need to earn it)’ and ‘I am loveable just as I am (flaws and all)’.”
Some other examples of positive affirmations include:
Although it might feel strange to begin with, once you have chosen an affirmation that resonates with you at this stage of your life, you will need to repeat it to yourself regularly for it to be effective.
Each morning you have a clean slate and a great opportunity to connect with your chosen affirmation.
To practice your affirmation:
Sarah says consistent practice helps to ensure these empowering affirmations have a deep impact on the conscious and subconscious mind.
“As with all practice and repetition, these affirmations will become more familiar and your subconscious mind will accept them as true,” Sarah says.
Some tips to remind yourself to do your affirmations include:
Affirmations allow you to make a consistent and conscious choice to think thoughts that make you feel good. In just a few steps you can create a daily practice that anchors your wellbeing with mindfulness and positivity and can improve your mood.
For further reading Sarah suggests:
365 Doses of Inspiring Wisdom, Daily Mantras to ignite your purpose, To Live Your Best and Bravest Life
by Lisa Messenger
The Power of Intention
by Wayne Dyer
You Can Heal Your Life
by Louise Hay
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