Do you ever feel like whatever you do in the kitchen and gym isn’t helping you enough to reach your health goals? Do you feel some negative thoughts and old patterns clouding up your path? Can affirmations help?
You can put 120% effort into meal prep and workouts but if you have negative voices in your head, they’ll stop you from being successful in your health journey. Read this post about affirmations and how they can help you to become the healthiest, most balanced version of you.
What the heck are they? What’s the recent obsession?
Affirmations are little positive soundbites. Anything you can say repeatedly can be considered an affirmation. Boom. How powerful is that?
If you’re calling yourself fat, you’ll be fat. If you call yourself beautiful, you’ll feel and look beautiful! Words become our identity, and it’s not woo woo. Science backs it up – Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a part of your brain that takes whatever you repeat and makes your subconsciousness believe it’s a part of you. And your subconsciousness is another powerful engine that creates thought patterns that in turn, will affect your actions, mindset, and emotions.
How can affirmations improve your health?
Affirmations influence particular zones of your brain that are responsible for self-processing and self-valuation. They also decrease stress, help you to focus on your core values and influence them in the future, create more positivity in your brain (our negativity is MUCH stronger than our positivity). If your health is one of your core values, focus on affirming things for it. The cool part (as this article shows, too), you don’t have to completely believe they are going to work for you because the affirmations can affect you without your awareness.
In fact, when I started my practice of affirmations, I didn’t believe in them at all! I read Louise Hay as a child and laughed that it was silly to repeat those things. Now I’m laughing at myself, ha! I love both, conscious and subconscious effects of affirmations on my health, mental and emotional.
Read more scienc-y stuff here.
Affirmations for health
I believe in the power of nutrition, it can be one of the biggest influences on our health, but the power of your mind can sabotage your efforts. If you’re negative towards your body, the healing, weight loss, and body changes will happen much slower than you would like. Most people on this planet could benefit from some more loving thoughts towards their own bodies. In return, it will create a greater abundance of health and positivity. This is why I think it helps.
Affirmations help you to heal from within, overcome trauma and bad programming. If you want to create a beautiful website but you’re still using your Macintosh Plus, you won’t do so well. The same thing happens with your thoughts – whatever your dad, mom, ex, boss told you, can still be blocking you from abundant health. Break those patterns.
Benefits of affirmations
- Better emotional and cognitive state
- More self-awareness and mindfulness
- Greater appreciation for YOU
- More confidence
- Abundant health from within
- Reduce anxiety
- Help to focus on the important things
In the past, I found I was telling myself too many destructive, negative words about my body and health. I was not happy, and I was reiterating my unhappiness in my words. But things change, luckily, and I’m grateful today that I re-discovered affirmations. These are the tips that helped me and my clients to succeed with affirmations for better health, energy, and healing.
How to use affirmations for health
You can’t become a CEO if you’re an associate, right? Don’t get overwhelmed. Pick 1-3 affirmations and stick with them for at least a week. Repeat as many times as you feel comfortable.
It will feel fake/uncomfortable for a bit
Hey, I just took my first Barre class and everything felt super uncomfortable! (need I add I’m a klutz and barely have any coordination. I dance like a sausage!) It is the same thing with affirmations. They’ll put you on the spot. They’ll sound unreal. It will be uncomfortable and your brain will tell you to refuse to believe in them. Trust the process and keep practicing. In just a few days you’ll start notice differences.
Use present tense
Your subconscious mind can be messy (I’m not serious) because it doesn’t distinguish between the past or future. Choose present tense to affirm this is how you’re feeling today. When we focus too much on the past, we get depressed. If we focus too much on the future, the unknown gives us anxiety. Focus on today – the most neutral time.
Use only positive words and statements
Avoid statements like “I’m not sick anymore” because “not” or “no” aren’t perceived by your subconscious mind. These statements will stick to the walls of your mind and it will be hard to scrape them off! Instead, focus on the only positive (sometimes, overly positive thoughts). Trust me, you can’t go wrong there.
Duh! Of course, Anya would say that. Like willpower, self-love, acceptance, forgiveness, and so many other things…Affirming positive things for your health and rewiring your brain to serve you better will take days, weeks, and months.
It’s so worth it though – can you imagine what you’re capable of doing when there are no negative thoughts, naysayers in your head and no fear?
Go for it girl. Make it a daily practice that will help you create the body of your dreams.
Now tell me about you – do you practice affirmations for your health? Do they work for you?
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Author: Anya Perry
Anya Perry battled boring diets, low energy, and declining health for over 10 years before she found what works. Now, she helps women achieve their dream state of health, fitness, and vitality… without the struggles, battles of miserable diets, and yo-yo results. She can’t live without coffee and challenges.