You’ve probably heard of affirmations as a self-help technique – but do you really know how transformative these simple statements can be?
Affirmations are so powerful that they can change some of your most negative behaviors. They are so powerful that they are used in many rehabilitation programs to combat addiction. They are so effective that psychotherapists incorporate them into their treatments. This is because affirmations can literally rewire your brain circuitry.
What are affirmations?
Affirmations are short, positive statements that you intentionally repeat to yourself in order to enforce a positive change. Affirmations can be used for almost anything; to improve health and relationships, to overcome bad eating habits and addiction, to boost career productivity, to promote mental welling and even to improve your social life. Whatever the issue is, there is an affirmation to it.
How do affirmations work?
The simple explanation is that affirmations rewire your brain to enforce a certain thought or behavior.
- Affirmations train your brain to believe what you are repeating to it. It then changes its thought patterns and associations to align with what you are telling it.
- Your brain motivates you to act in order to achieve the goal of the affirmation.
- Affirmations program your subconscious mind to stay alert for opportunities that can achieve your desired goal.
Centuries before affirmations were known, Buddha said, “What you think, you become.” This is exactly how affirmations work.
How are affirmations practiced?
In order for affirmations to be effective you must practice them as follows:
- They must be stated out loud (or on low voice or whisper).
- They must be stated with conviction.
- They must be in the present or future tense but never in the past tense.
- They must be stated as often as possible.
Some experts say that the ideal way to practice affirmations is to say them while standing before a mirror and looking yourself in the eye. However, this not carved in stone, as some people find this awkward or uncomfortable. Affirmations will work as long as you follow the basic rules stated above.
Here are some examples of affirmations covering several life aspects: s
Affirmations for Self-Confidence
- I love and appreciate myself exactly as I am
- I am a unique individual and I have much to offer.
- I am proud of myself and all that I have accomplished in my life.
Affirmations for career success
- I am productive and motivated, and success comes easily to me.
- Each day I move closer towards my goals
- My mind is clear, alert focused on success.
Affirmations for healthy eating
- I nurture my body with wholesome food to keep it healthy and strong
- My healthy food choices flood my body with energy and vitality
- I choose to eat healthily because I value my health.
Affirmations for stress and anxiety
- I am calm and tranquil within myself at all times.
- I have the strength and wisdom to calmly deal with whatever life throws at me.
- I choose to not fret about what I can’t control.
Affirmations for mindfulness
- I remain grounded in the present moment, always.
- I am mindful and aware at all times.
- I choose to live in the present moment,
Choose the area of your life that you would like to start changing and use the corresponding affirmations. Check out this link for suggestions:
Better yet, you can write your own affirmations that resonate with you. Post them on your fridge or computer desktop and remember to repeat them daily as many times as you can.
A great suggestion is to say them first thing in the morning before you get out of bed or in the bathroom during your morning routine. Repeating them right before bed is another great suggestion, as they will be test thoughts you send to your brain before you fall asleep.
Start with two or three affirmations and stick to them for one or two weeks then move on to a new set. Ideally, you should also stick to making one change at a time, for example, controlling anger issues or unhealthy food cravings,
After a few weeks, you will notice an amazing change. You will begin to behave according to the affirmations that you have rewired your brain with. Your brain will guide you with suggestions and ideas that help you achieve your goals more quickly. Over time, your new belief or behavior will become second nature – in short, you will become what you think!