Positive Affirmations Doing Wonders For You!

One of the most complex subjects for us to understand is our brain. In fact, we have yet to uncover its full potential. However, one thing we did discover is that the brain can be programmed.

What we tell ourselves, especially in repetition will change our perception, mentality, behaviour, and attitude. Therefore, it is highly important to be aware of what we “feed” our brains. The more positive thoughts we cultivate, the better we feel and behave.

Let’s explore more about positive affirmations and how they can be an aid to our mental well-being.

 

What Are Positive Affirmations?

By definition, positive affirmations are statements that embody something we value or desire that we repeat to ourselves to counter negative thoughts and affirm ourselves.

They can be seen almost like a mantra one would say to themselves to help boost their confidence before undergoing a huge challenge. Phrases like “I can do this” or “I believe in myself” would give one the push they need to take a leap of faith.

An article by Keeley Tan, a writer on personal development and finance, says “Research has shown that our thoughts greatly influence our emotions and behaviour. Positive self-talk can activate the reward centres of our brain, releasing dopamine and other positive neurochemicals that boost our mood and motivation.”

Essentially, the more you repeat these positive mantras, the more you believe in them.

 

How Do Positive Affirmations Work?

Now that we know what positive affirmations are, let’s learn about how it works and how to use them in our daily lives.

 

The science

There is a part of our brain called the Reticular Activating System. It is the part of our brain that filters all of life’s stimuli. With so much input daily, our brain is unable to process them all.

Therefore, our brain filters all the information and stimuli based on what it deems important. Importance is decided based on how we think. Our thoughts create an algorithm for how we perceive things in and around us.

Suffice to say, that if we have more positive thoughts, we will see positive things in the world.

 

The process

Based on that, we can be intentional in how we think for us to direct our brains and attention to how we want to live our lives. This process is called “reprogramming”.

Positive affirmations will help shift our Reticular Activating System to seek out the information or thoughts we have. For example, if we say “I am what I eat” or “I take care of my body” every day, we will start to see that our personality starts making choices that fit that thought. Maybe you’ll find yourself incorporating healthier options such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic Brown Rice in your diet, and perhaps even going out for a walk after meals. Things that may be different from how you were. Our brain will make things true to confirm the thoughts we have.

The how-to

Practising positive affirmations is relatively easy. All you have to do is write down or say aloud a positive thought and repeat it to yourself. It may feel a bit awkward at first, but the more you practise it, you’ll notice a shift in your tone and your cadence.

There are a few different ways for you to start;

  • You can tune in to an app and repeat all the positive things it says
  • You can write down all the positive values you want and say it aloud daily
  • If you have more time at hand, you can try visualising your affirmations.

The trick is to have your “mantras” or affirmations set to the present tense. For example, instead of saying “I will be a great cook one day”, try saying “I am a great cook”. When you start to embody the things you want in life and turn them into an “I am”, your identity will start to shift to the things you are looking for in your life.

 

Does It Work?

Most of us will be wondering, does it truly help your mental health and overall well-being? Fortunately, the answer is yes!

It is a powerful tool to shift your mindset and behaviour but it is not magic. You may still have bouts of fear, sadness, and frustrations like a normal human being and things may not go your way from time to time.

One thing is for sure, you’ll always bounce back in no time!

 

Mental health

Using positive affirmations to combat anxiety and stress has also been shown to improve stress management by facilitating effective problem-solving.

When you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll feel much better and more confident. The more and longer you practise positive affirmations, the better you’ll feel.

 

Well-being

Even though positive affirmations are not a magical bullet train to success or healing, they will help you make what you desire exist. Expressing your desires results in your brain helping to guide you to become what you want because it needs to confirm that your thoughts are facts.

The subconscious part of our brain will help us create opportunities for these thoughts to become true. For example, when you start to cement the thought and feel that “I am what I eat” or “ I take care of my body”, out of the blue, opportunities for you to make fit and healthy choices just show up. All of a sudden, a friend from work would ask to go for a jog after work or you will start to notice a new salad restaurant opens across the street from where you live.

 

Beating stress through positive affirmations is something worth trying. Not only is it so easy to do, but it is also something that will not add pressure to you. You can begin by reprogramming your mind to think positively and combat those disruptive and unwanted negative thoughts.

Be kind and patient with yourself throughout the process. For you to see the results of positive affirmations, you’d have to be consistent for a while. This is because your mind and identity take time to reprogram or take on an idea without tangible proof.

However, the good news is that the work will pay off. You will start to feel better about yourself, be the person you have always wanted to be, and best of all, your world will start to change too.