Have a word with yourself!

And make it a good one….

Are you struggling?

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. We’re not taught how to talk positively to ourselves (usually because growing up, our parents didn’t know how to either) and we can be our harshest critics – talking to ourselves so much worse than we would our best friend, who we would never  speak to like that, so why so we think it’s ok to say those things to ourselves?

It’s been scientifically proven that our thoughts have a direct connection to our health. Our thoughts produce emotions and feelings, these feelings trigger chemicals in our brain that causes a physiological response in our body such as stress and exhaustion.
Our brain perceives any statement that starts with “I AM…” as a fact whether its true
or not. So when you tell yourself “I am so stupid” “I am ugly” and “I am so weak”.
It believes you!

If you do this, don’t worry it’s a habit you can break. One way of doing this is by saying positive affirmations. An affirmation is anything you say and/or think and by making the decision to talk and think positively you are subconsciously saying that you are taking responsibility for choosing words that will create a positive feeling in your body.

But why should you care? Because they:

  1. Open you up to new possibilities
  2. Empower you to create your own happy beliefs
  3. Are flexible

Still not convinced?
Ok I’m not going to lie, when you’ve been telling yourself that you’re ugly and suddenly start saying “I AM BEAUTIFUL” the little voice in your head will still be there saying “yeah right!” but the thing is the positive affirmation will gradually drown that little voice out and you slowly start to believe it.
That’s not all, your negative thoughts will actually reduce and the positive people and things in your life will increase. This might also be because when you make a promise and commitment to yourself you start to keep things in perspective and increase your focus.

If you’d like to introduce affirmations into your daily routine but don’t know where to start, here some of my favourites to get you started:
“I am loved”
“I am enough”
“I believe in myself and my dreams”

There are loads more online, why not search positive affirmations on Pinterest and see if any jump out at you and have fun with it. Enjoy!

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