Affirmations are powerful statements that you say to yourself (whether out loud or in your head!). Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. All of our self-talk, our internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations.
Essentially, at the core of practicing affirmations is the notion that your thoughts help shape your reality.
And unfortunately, a lot of what we normally say and think is quite negative and doesn't create good experiences for us!
You see, our thoughts and beliefs that we have today have been heavily influenced throughout our lives by family, friends, society, past experiences and our consumption of media.
Therefore we want to consciously emit positive and healthy affirmations.
Practising affirmations can have many benefits, such as the improvement of our mindset (success and positivity over negative self-talk), higher self-esteem and self-belief, and increased motivation to take action and achieve goals. The improvement of all these aspects will of course directly impact your overall mental and physical health.
But setting healthy affirmations (and changing existing negative affirmations) takes time and conscious, deliberate action.
So how do we practise affirmations?
Each week, write down the things that are most important to you. They could be related to your health, family, relationships, goals, or career. They could be short term and relate to something happening during the current week, or long term relating to the rest of your life.
HOT TIP: Start your affirmations with the words “I am…” or “I will…”
E.g. “I am strong and healthy, setting a good example for my kids”
Write them down, but also say these out loud, and visualise what it will be like when you realise each of these to the best of your ability.