We hear it all the time, low energy? stressed? sluggish?… then sweat it out.
Develop a routine of moving your body every single day. Commit to this and you’ll feel that shizz detox from your system. Yes! Absolutely, regular physical exercise will be a game changer for you, I 100% agree.
But, did you know, that just like we have the ability to reshape our bodies, so too can we rewire our brains?
If you’re not already a practitioner or believer in the power of mantra work, then the thought of standing in front of the mirror, gushing over your greatness, or putting little love notes to yourself in every corner of your life might sound a wee bit strange.
The thing is, the routine use of positive affirmations or mantras are the physical exercises of our mind and outlook. These positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think – and act – differently.
The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady, strengthen.”
The routinised used of positive affirmations, play an integral role in our progressive journey towards our goals by breaking patterns of negative thought, negative speech, and, in turn, negative actions.
It likely won’t require much convincing to impress upon you that someone free of self-sabotaging habits in their lives will excel remarkably, or at the very least mitigate the effects that stress, low self-esteem, depression, and other mental (and physical) health conditions have on us.
When we utter a sound, we emit a sound wave into the universe. This sound wave pierces through the air and becomes a real object. It therefore exists in our world, intangible and invisible.
And in that sense, no words are empty words, as every syllable we speak engages energy towards or against us.
If you constantly say “I can’t,” the energy of your words will repel the universal force against you. But if you say “I can!” the universe will endow you with the abilities to do just that. So speak wisely; relinquish your fears, purge your anger, predict your future and live out your potential.
Perhaps you’re not convinced, no problem ‘cause I’ve got science on my side.
As published in PLOS ONE, research from Carnegie Mellon University provides evidence that,
“Self-affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress. When practiced deliberately and regularly, they reinforce a chemical pathway in the brain, making the connection between two neurons stronger, and therefore more likely to conduct the same message again.”
Other researchers show that,
“Affirmations can help you to perform better at work. Spending just a few minutes thinking about your best qualities before a high-pressure meeting – such as a a performance review – can calm your nerves, increase your confidence, and improve your chances of a successful outcome.”
J. David Creswell, assistant professor of psychology in CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences said that,
“a brief self-affirmation activity at the beginning of a school term can boost academic grade-point averages in underperforming kids at the end of the semester.”
So, do affirmations impact our quality of life?
They help us believe in the potential of an action we desire to manifest. When we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance that our wishful words will become reality.
Alright, the evidence is there, the results are real, but how do you do it?
- Contemplate the areas of your life you would like to experience change in.
Do you wish you had more patience, or deeper relationships, more productivity in work? It’s important to ensure the areas you choose to focus your attention on are compatible with your core values so that you’ll feel genuinely motivated by them.
- Be sure that your affirmations are credible and achievable.
Realistically asses the facts. For instance, if you are unhappy with the level of pay that you currently receive, write affirmations to increase your confidence to ask for a raise.
- Turn negatives into positives.
If you are struggling with negative self-talk, note down the persistent thoughts or beliefs that are bothering you. Then choose an affirmation that is the opposite of that thought and belief.
- Write all affirmations in the present tense.
Write and speak your affirmations as if they’re already happening. This will impress upon your subconscious that such statements are true for you right now.
- Make your affirmations visible.
Write on your bathroom mirror, put love notes in your makeup bag, your wallet and on your dashboard of your car, around your desk at work, as the display screen on your phone… anywhere you are daily, put them there.
- Say it with like you mean it.
Affirmations will be more effective when they carry emotional weight. You want these changes to occur right? Seek stillness first, centre yourself and speak with confidence. If you’re in the mirror, make eye contact with yourself. If you’re feeling shaky, project!
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Comment below with some of your favourite mantras and when you use them most.
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