Do you ever use affirmations? An affirmation is a POSITIVE message you tell yourself to replace a negative concept you have about yourself. The whole concept of positive affirmations may really rub some of you the wrong way. You may be thinking, I just think something positive and then I believe it? Nope.
But you know WHAT!? Your thoughts are SO wildly strong, that YES, if you continue to practice a specific positive affirmation, you WILL start to believe in its message and feel better about YOU.
For an affirmation to work, consider the following:
- Repeat your affirmation on a consistent, regular basis
- If possible, repeat the affirmation into a mirror so you can see yourself saying it
- Create affirmations that are focused on YOU and your specific needs
- Recite your affirmations in the present tense
- Write down your affirmation from time to time, or look at your affirmation in written form as well as repeating it to yourself
- IF you are comfortable with this…ask another individual to repeat your affirmation to YOU. When you hear someone else express a sentiment, it can be very effective.
Soooo when should you use these bad boys!? Use affirmations when you need a pep talk. Try using affirmations in the following places of your life:
Use your affirmation when you are getting dressed in the morning and you find yourself making disparaging mental comments to yourself about your body.
Use your affirmation when your kids are driving you insane and you feel like the world’s shittiest mom (Newflash- you’re not).
Use your affirmation when you need to have that difficult conversation you have been putting off with your spouse, or family member.
Use your affirmation when you are going into that big meeting at work, or you are asking your boss for a raise. (You GO, mama!)
I have compiled some affirmations that you can use in different areas of your life. As a reminder- do NOT knock it until you try it! Find one or two that resonate with you and start using them TODAY.
Use these affirmations when you are struggling with body image:
- Images in magazines are airbrushed, photo-shopped, and distorted. I refuse to compare myself to these unrealistic portrayals of women’s bodies.
- Being skinny or fat is not my identity. I am identified by who I am on the inside, a loving, wonderful person.
- I eat for energy and nourishment.
- I will make peace with my body, it doesn’t do anything but keep me alive and all I do is insult it and hurt it. I’m sorry body, you’ve tried to be good to me and care for me, it’s time for me to try to be good back.
- Thank you _____________ (body part) for ______________ (how it helps you in your life)
I’m sorry body, you’ve tried to be good to me and care for me, it’s time for me to try to be good back.
Use these affirmations when you are struggling with parenting your child/children:
- I am doing my best for my child.
- I believe in my ability to be a good mother/father for my child.
- I know what is good for my child.
- Comparisons do not serve me; I notice when I compare myself to other parents and I quickly let them go.
- This too shall pass
- I am working to be the calm in the chaos
Use these affirmations when you are at work:
- I bring something unique to the table by simply being me.
- I’m building a supportive network that encourages and motivates me.
- I respect myself and am deserving of respect from others.
- My voice matters, I am confident to speak up in the right moments.
- I am more than capable of leading projects.
- I possess leadership qualities and I know how to use them.
Affirmations help us to move from the fixed mindset to a growth mindset, where positive change can become a reality. We are NOT static. We change and grow and shift in our lives. You are NOT the same person you were in high school, am I right? If you are unhappy with something in your life NOW, you can change it, girl!
Let me know which affirmations resonate with you. Use some TODAY! Have a great week, mama army. I’m right there in the trenches with you!