One of the things that I started implementing in my life a while back to help build the lifestyle I wanted was the use of positive affirmations. For anyone who isn’t too familiar with affirmations, they’re basically like a mantra that you repeat to yourself throughout the day. I like to start my day by choosing one that speaks to me (I have a deck of affirmation cards, which are also available in my Etsy shop here) and using it to set the tone for my day, and I truly believe it makes a difference in creating a positive mindset. I can’t wait until Mia is a bit older and I can do them with her each morning. Using positive affirmations can be AMAZING and so beneficial for both adults and kids alike. In today’s post I’m sharing a few benefits of using positive affirmations so you can really grasp why it’s worth it to make this small change a part of your daily routine.
Motivate you to act.
I tend to let fear and anxiety get in the way of me doing A LOT of things. But sometimes all it takes is that inner voice telling you that you CAN do this, that you have the strength and ability to do whatever it is that fear is holding you back from doing. Using affirmations that reinforce your inner strength and your ability to push through fear and anxiety can make a huge difference in motivating you to act on things that you would otherwise shy away from.
Concentrate on your goals.
Have you ever had something important to get done so you keep repeating it to yourself all day so you won’t forget? Affirmations can work in the EXACT same way. If there is a specific change that you want to see happen in your life or a big goal that you are working towards, choosing an affirmation that embodies that and repeating it to yourself can help motivate you to actually take actions towards achieving that specific goal and making it a reality.
Change negative thoughts into positive ones.
Are you sometimes a negative Nancy? I’m totally guilty of this, and honestly some days I just can’t help but be consumed with negative thoughts and emotions. The world (especially right now) can be a dark and cruel place, and it’s only human nature to let those negative thoughts creep in. Whether your thoughts are about body image, self-worth, your ability to do things, or about your family/friends/loved ones or even the world at large – whatever it may be, using positive affirmations that help counteract those thoughts is such an amazing tool for clearing away the negative thoughts and replacing them with a positive outlook.
Release you from negativity, fear, worry, and anxiety.
I’ve touched on these a little bit above already, but one of the things that I absolutely LOVE about using positive affirmations at the beginning of my day is that it helps to release you from all of the fear, worry, and anxiety that is holding you back. It is such an amazing feeling to look all of those things dead in the eye and say “NOT TODAY”. As you continue to repeat your affirmations throughout the day, it completely frees you from anything that is clouding your positive outlook.
Take charge of your thoughts.
Practice makes perfect, right? You can master just about ANY skill through the act of repetition. Taking charge of your thoughts is no different. The more you repeat affirmations, the more they get engrained into your brain and the more your subconscious pattern of thinking changes to reflect the positivity that you are putting out into the universe.
The use of positive affirmations has made a HUGE difference for me, especially when I wake up feeling less than or am feeling anxious and fearful. WE have control over our thoughts and our way of thinking. WE have the power to say ‘no more’ to negativity and fill ourselves with positivity. WE can take charge of our thoughts. As I mentioned before, I cannot wait to start doing affirmations together with Mia once she gets older – it’s such a small yet amazing thing to teach young children to take charge of their thoughts and start the day with positivity. And it can have such long lasting impacts on our lives.
Let me know what your favourite affirmations are below. You can also grab your own set of positive affirmation cards and affirmation colouring pages in my Etsy shop here. Use coupon code POSITIVE15 for an extra 15% off.