Some of the fundamental daily practises I carry out each day in order to grow, improve and maintain my confidence, self-esteem and body image are affirmations.
What's an affirmation?
- In it's simplest form an affirmation is a statement of truth which we repeat out loud in order to deliberately change our thoughts and subsequently our beliefs towards ourselves.
By telling ourselves positive affirmations we are re programming our minds to believes specific things about ourselves. Repeating an affirmation for 5 minutes
Why do they work?
Affirmations re programme your thoughts and create new neuro pathways (connections) in your brain. By feeding yourself a new 'type' of thought, you will create new beliefs about yourself.
How and how often should I practise my affirmations?
- Affirmations should be practised in a quiet space
- Your affirmations must be said in the present tense
- They should be said aloud with CONFIDENCE
- Repeat your affirmation for 5 minutes each day
- If you can look t yourself directly in the mirror (which is why I do mine whilst applying my make up)
A good time to repeat an affirmation is when the subconscious mind is most receptive: after waking or just before going to sleep. However we need to also be realistic.
If your children are up at 6 am and you have to bold out of bed, do it in the bath, or whilst doing your make up. This is my favourite time as my children are not around.
Stick with one affirmation for 7 days and then switch the new one.
If you don't feel it is working continue this process with the original affirmation for as long as you need to counteract your negative thought.
For some people, this may be a matter of several weeks. For others, it could take months or even years. I chose to use affirmations as part of my daily routine as I know how well they work for me.
Many people ask me how I began to accept my flaws and start my self acceptance journey.
Affirmations were the beginning for me and I firmly believe that sometimes you just have to adopt a "fake it 'til you make it" mentality.
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