I am currently undertaking some work using affirmations and I believe I am seeing results, a little hit and miss at the moment, but none the less, results.
Or is just coincidence?
As I have had to give running away recently, I replaced it with swimming ½ kilometre each and every day. Now, if I say to myself in the morning, “I may not find the time for my laps today” I have already set myself up with an excuse and therefore don’t feel guilty when I don’t go swimming. However, if I say to myself “I’m looking forward to doing my laps in the pool today” I have immediately related the task of swimming with a positive emotion, therefore I am more likely to participate in the act of swimming.
Our minds can make excuses for anything and everything, for example, “I’ve had a rough day, I need a drink”, or flip the coin “I’ve had a great day, I deserve a wine”. So, if we can tell ourselves that we need wine, chocolate, TV, etc, why do we have so much trouble telling it about all the good stuff, e.g the benefit of exercise, how great we will feel if we swap the wine for a water or the chocolate bar for a banana?
Every time we look in the mirror and think “I need to lose (insert magic number) kilograms” we are telling ourselves that we are not good enough the way that we are. We should be looking in the mirror and saying, “Wow, this body has done amazing things and taken me on some amazing adventures” (particularly if your body has experienced pregnancy, child birth and breast feeding – or any one of these things).
We simply need to re-train our minds (ha, I say simply, yet so not simple!) with positive thoughts and affirmations. At the moment I am using an affirmation app I downloaded from the iTunes store and I play it every night as I go to sleep. It reminds me to keep my body and my mind healthy, it talks about relationships with others and it also reminds me to love myself. For me, this is a beginning into a more positive mindset where I am able to see the good not only in others but also in myself.
The way we choose to think is a choice, so we might as well make it a positive choice.
Below I have pinched some positive affirmations from Louise Hay and others.