“Our thoughts are creative. This is the most important law of nature that we need to know…thoughts are like drops of water-they accumulate. As we continue to rethink the same thoughts over a period of time, they become puddles, ponds, lakes or oceans. If they’re positive, we can float on the oceans of life.“~ Louise Hay
Be it giving an important presentation at work, to meeting new people, to attending a gathering by yourself, to new life situations, to making big changes, to taking major decisions, to going through trauma etc…there are limitless situations that can be impacted by our own negative thoughts.
Even people who have not been diagnosed with an anxiety or panic disorder can easily get distracted by negativity and fears that can lead to a downward spiral of emotions.
For the purpose of truly moving forward and for true healing, it is important to shift negativity with rational and calming positivity. I say rational and calming because we are not going to lie to ourselves and simply say, “I am fine” when clearly we don’t feel that way. The positive way to say it would be, “I am doing my best to be fine.”
This is where the wonderful benefits of Positive Affirmations come into play. I’ve written about the How to affirm and Rewrite the Mind a few weeks back, in which I talk about the science behind using these positive affirmations as well as how to word them for optimal benefits. Go read that when you get a chance.
In today’s article I would like to simplify that further to the practical ways in which you can use these affirmations to ease stress and anxiety. I usually formulate these affirmation articles about a few times a year, so that the readers who are having trouble with making their own affirmations can ease into the process.
The shift from negative thoughts to positive thoughts can come to you more easily and naturally with practice. Practicing saying positive affirmations instead of negative thoughts to yourself will eventually shape new thinking habits. Which will then help you further in high stress situations.
Easing Stress With Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are a wonderful tool for retraining and reprogramming your unconscious mind from negative thinking to positive thinking. The basic idea is to create positive statements of what you would like to see happen in your life and repeat them enough so that they’re part of your way of thinking and seeing the world.
Negative self talk is what we do on auto pilot thinking. But it does not benefit you whatsoever. Infact, it is detrimental to our mental health and overall outlook on life. On the other hand, positive self talk(positive affirmations) benefit you by instantly pushing your thoughts to see the positive. Thereby, allowing your mind to heal and rest and come up with better solutioins to stressful situations. Being conscious of your thoughts is the imperative first step.
Why not think thoughts that will benefit us instead of pull us down? Right!?
How to Introduce Positive Affirmations in your life?
1} Writing the Affirmations:
When crafting and writing affirmations for yourself, you need to be aware of a few things. Your intention for creating the affirmation, what that statement will be, keeping that statement positive and keeping it realistic. Phrase the statements as if they are already true, not that you would like them to be true.
For example: You would like to feel more peaceful? The affirmation for that would be, “I am feeling more peaceful each day,” instead of “I want to feel more peaceful.”
Remember: You’re not trying to want something, you’re trying to make it so that your mind believes it.
So, instead of saying, “I don’t want to feel stress,” or even, “I’m not feeling stress,” use “I’m feeling peaceful.”
A realistic affirmation will work faster and better than an unrealistic one. Because when we create these statements and if they are a stretched truth or too unrealistic, our “inner critic” aka our brain will shun it and not accept it. We want the brain to accept this positive statement so that it starts healing. In order for that to happen, the positive affirmations need to come from a realistic space.
For example: “Every day, I’m getting better and stronger, etc.” may feel like too unreal, and your subconscious mind might not believe it. However, “I am constantly learning from my mistakes” or “I am grateful for all that I have today” might feel more “real” to your subconscious mind.
When it doubt while writing these affirmations, you can always look for inspiration elsewhere. I often share affirmations on my instagram page and my facebook page, which are realistic and healing. You can use them too just to get you started on this healing journey.
2} Using the Affirmations:
Once you have all the affirmations or an affirmation you would like to use, the best way to apply them for optimum benefit is to repeat them daily. Repeating them verbally and mentally many times in the morning or evening can be especially effective. Also, repeating them aloud is even more effective because you hear them, and the mind registers them faster. Repeating them 5 times atleast twice a day is a good start.
Another fun way to use affirmations if to write them down on colourful post it notes and paste them on your computer monitor, your mirrors, your fridge etc. That way they are always in your vision and they get impressed on your brain often. They are like positive messages to yourself an feel lovely when you keep seeing them. This ‘post it’ technique can be effective on its own too. It gets enhanced though when you use it with repeating them twice a day. Start with whatever feels right to you.
Most affirmations will get you into a better frame of mind and help you to build resilience against the stresses of life.
Best of all, they are a simple and fun investment for the kind of benefits they are going to provide you. No harm in trying at all.
And now without further ado, let me share with you some of my favorite positive affirmations. These are the ones I use when I am feeling stressed and anxious. You’ll find some of these on my mirrors, my laptop etc.
Positive Affirmations to Remember During Stressful Times
I hope the above affirmations help you begin your healing journey. You can pin these affirmations to your pinterest boards or print them out directly and utilize them or simply write them down on post it notes and keep them in plain sight. Use them any way you like.
I wish you immense healing from the stresses of your life.
Have you ever used affirmations to handle stress or anxiety? Which are your favorite affirmations? Share them in the comments. I would love to read your thoughts on this.
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