How to Use Affirmations to Improve your Life
What we say, think, and feel makes a great impact on the outcome of our daily lives. There are so many things going on in the world around us that we can’t control. It can become overwhelming and stressful. It’s not hard to fall into a downward spiral of negativity. One way to combat these negative thoughts or feelings is to start writing or reciting daily affirmations.
What are affirmations?
Affirmations are statements that we take as fact or encouragement. In this case, they are positive statements about ourselves or our situations. They are written or spoken in the present tense as if they are happening in the moment. These statements should embolden you and make you feel good.
I am worthy.
I deserve love.
I am beautiful.
I am confident.
I am strong, brave, and can face anything.
Why use affirmations?
As much as I wish everyone would build others up and support each other, that is not always the case. A lot of us have been torn down over the years by others and possibly ourselves. We forget somewhere along the way that what other people think of us doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is what we think of ourselves. At the end of the day, if we are happy with who we are, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says or thinks. The only problem with this is a lot of us are not happy with who we are. So, this is where affirmations can be useful. They can be used to help change our mindset and better our lives.
How to use affirmations:
Pick a handful of affirmations that you want to believe in. For example, if you pick I am beautiful and I deserve love (you can pick more than 2!) then you will repeat these to yourself every day. You can do this in the mirror in the morning, in a journal, or any other way you feel will be effective for you. I write my affirmations in washable marker on my mirror so I remember to recite them every day, but I also journal them every night. At first, you might feel silly or ridiculous. Over time, you will begin to believe what you are telling yourself. It is all a matter of changing your mindset or changing the narrative. Instead of constantly doubting yourself, or feeling bad about yourself, this will help you to replace those negative statements with positive ones. Over time, our affirmations can change. Whatever you feel like you need to focus on more, you can switch up your affirmations or add some to cover all your insecurities.
Affirmations are a great way to help those of us with repetitive negative thoughts. It is not a cure-all, but it is a nice and easy place to start.
Why are affirmations important?
We should all be building ourselves and each other up every day. We have enough to deal with every day without having to focus on whether we deserve to be confident, beautiful, loved, etc. We deserve all of these things and more. So, let’s start telling ourselves that we do, and soon enough, we will all believe it. Get out there and start living your best life – and believe that you deserve it!