Years ago when I first starting using affirmations, they were not considered the norm. Reciting positive beliefs and occurrences to yourself definitely wasn’t seen as mainstream. These days, affirmations and positive self-talk are part of athletes’ and successful business professionals’ everyday routines. I work with stay-at-home mothers and people in all industries who have adopted this wonderfully positive practice. Maybe it’s time for you to give it a try too!
What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations are positive statements personal to you that are designed to create change in your life. They can inspire you, help you visualize and truly shift your thinking to manifest changes right in front of you. They work by repeating them as part of your daily routine.
Do Affirmations Work?
Simply put, when used correctly, yes, they do! You can use them to manifest, simply make yourself feel happier and improve your attitude, resulting in a smoother life. For those more versed in metaphysical thinking, affirmations are proven to raise your vibration, improving your energy and improving your life. A study from Carnegie Mellon revealed that self-affirmations can protect against the negative effects of stress. Self-affirmations also enhance our task-related performances and make us more receptive to our mistakes.
How to Nail Your Affirmations
Before you write your affirmations, make a list of the things you’d like to change or manifest in your life. Perhaps you’d like to lose weight, have more energy, get back to running, pay off your debt or meet that special someone. Use this list to create your affirmations.
Affirmations only work if you do them right, so what’s the magic formula?
- Always use “I” statements. Using “I” makes it personal and tells your mind you’re talking about yourself. “I am so grateful that I’ve met my soulmate.”
- Speak in the present. Don’t say “I will have enough money to pay my debt,” or “I will be thinner and wear my high school jeans.” Say “My finances are plentiful and I have more than enough to pay my bills,” or “I am thrilled that I can fit into my old jeans again! My body is slim!”
- Make them positive not negatively focused. Say “I am thin and energetic,” instead of “I am no longer overweight and sluggish.” Even though you’re saying you’re NOT those things, your mental focus remains on being overweight and tired. Eliminate negative words from your self-talk and replace them with positive ones like the first statement.
- Choose words that make you feel something. Tapping into your emotions is key to this process, so use words that evoke strong feelings. Instead of simply stating that you are thin, focus on why you want to be thin and incorporate that excitement into your statements. “I love being thin and doing all of my favorite activities again — running, surfing and rock climbing.” Make it personal and meaningful.
How to Use Your Affirmations
The key to affirmations is saying, thinking or writing them as often as possible so they become ingrained in your subconscious. You’re changing your beliefs and mindset with affirmations, and it’s powerful! Some times and ways to use them:
- Say them when you wake up every morning and when you go to bed each night.
- Place sticky notes in key places around the home and read them each time you see them.
- Write them in your planner at lunch each day.
- Journal about them and elaborate on the statements, visualizing how perfect things are since your affirmation came true.
I love working with affirmations and observing the amazing transformations within my clients’ lives. Affirmations are a wonderful way to start off the year and combat those winter blues. Contact me to start manifesting your life of wellness today!
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.