So, you’ve heard about affirmations, right?
Maybe you’ve even dabbled in them a bit.
But let’s be honest, life can sometimes feel like you’re juggling flaming chainsaws while riding a unicycle. It’s a wild ride, and sometimes it’s easy to forget about our own self-care. That’s where affirmations come in!
I’ll be the first to admit, I used to be a bit skeptical about this whole affirmation thing.
But when I gave it a try, I noticed a huge difference in my mindset and overall well-being.
And then I started creating my own affirmations and that’s when I felt things really hit the next level.
So, if you’re wondering how to write your own affirmations (and why you should), then I’ve got you covered.
What Are Affirmations?
So what’s the big deal with affirmations, and why should you care?
Affirmations are simply positive statements that help you challenge and overcome self-sabotaging thoughts.
When you repeat these statements regularly, you start to believe in them, and then the magic happens – you transform your mindset!
It’s like having your very own cheerleading squad in your head.
But it’s not all woo-woo-fingers-crossed-let’s-hope-this-works kind of jazz. It’s actually based in the science of the neuroplasticity of the brain.
You see, our brains are pretty darn incredible, and our neurons (little messenger carriers of the brain) are always firing off and creating new connections.
Unfortunately, for a lot of people, we’ve created not so healthy shortcuts for our neurons, ones that tell our subconscious mind to think negative things first, or to react in a negative way.
BUT, affirmations can help us to create new neural pathways that train our brain to look for positive thoughts and positive connections.
Pretty darn powerful stuff right?
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Finding Your Why: What Do You Need Affirmations For?
Before diving into writing your own affirmations, it’s essential to figure out why you need them.
Is it for confidence, self-love, or maybe even for those pesky mom-guilt moments? (You know the ones.)
Take a moment to think about the areas of your life where you could use a little extra love and support.
Jot them down, and don’t be shy – this is for you, after all.
The Anatomy Of An Affirmation: Crafting Your Perfect Statement
Now that you know why you need affirmations, let’s talk about how to write them. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back! Here are some key elements to keep in mind when crafting your perfect affirmation:
Keep It Positive
Affirmations are all about positivity, so be sure to keep your statements uplifting and encouraging.
For example, instead of saying, “I am not overwhelmed,” try “I can handle whatever comes my way with grace and ease.”
Write your affirmations in the present tense, as if they’re already happening. This helps your brain to believe it’s true right now, not just in the future.
So instead of saying, “I will be confident,” say, “I am confident.”
Make It Personal
Your affirmations should be about you and your journey.
Use “I” statements and focus on what you want to achieve or feel. Remember, this is all about empowering yourself!
Keep It Simple
Short, sweet, and to the point – that’s the goal here. The simpler your affirmation, the easier it is to remember and repeat.
You can use simple empowering words in your affirmations too.
Getting Started: Writing Your Own Affirmations
Alright, now that you’ve got the basics down, let’s get to writing! Here’s a step-by-step process to help you craft your very own affirmations:
1 – Identify your negative thoughts.
Think about the areas where you need some extra love and support. What are the negative thoughts or beliefs that are holding you back? Write them down.
2 – Flip the script.
Turn those negative thoughts into positive, empowering statements. Remember to keep them in the present tense and focused on you.
3 – Get creative.
Don’t be afraid to play around with your affirmations. Make them fun, catchy, or even a little sassy – whatever feels right to you!
4 – Repeat, repeat, repeat.
The more you repeat your affirmations, the more ingrained they become in your mind.
Find a time each day to practice your affirmations, whether it’s during your morning coffee or while waiting in the carpool line. Consistency is key!
5 – Adjust as needed.
As you grow and change, so might your affirmations. Don’t be afraid to tweak or swap them out as your needs and goals evolve.
Some Inspiration: Affirmation Examples To Get You Started
Sometimes, it helps to see a few examples before you get started. So, here are some affirmations that I’ve used in my own life or that I’ve heard from other fabulous moms:
- I am enough, just as I am.
- I trust in my ability to make wise decisions for myself and my family.
- I am a loving and present mother, and my children feel my love every day.
- My body is strong and capable of amazing things.
- I deserve to take care of myself, and I honor my needs with love and compassion.
- I am grateful for the abundance in my life, and I attract even more joy and prosperity.
- I am patient with myself and embrace the journey of personal growth.
Feel free to use these examples as inspiration or make them your own. The most important thing is that they resonate with you and support your personal growth.
Making Affirmations A Habit: Tips For Success
Alright, you’ve got your affirmations written and ready to go. But how do you make them a habit that sticks? Here are some tips to help you successfully integrate affirmations into your daily routine:
Find Your “Affirmation Time”
Just like you have a specific time for brushing your teeth or making your morning coffee, find a dedicated time for your affirmations.
This can be when you wake up, during your lunch break, or even right before bed. Having a set time helps you create a habit that sticks.
Write Them Down
Keep your affirmations somewhere you’ll see them daily, like on a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or as a background on your phone.
Seeing them regularly reminds you to repeat them and helps solidify their impact.
Say Them Out Loud
There’s power in hearing your own voice! Saying your affirmations out loud can make them feel more real and help you internalize their message.
Plus, who doesn’t love a little pep talk in the mirror?
Consistency is key when it comes to affirmations. The more you repeat them, the more they’ll sink into your subconscious and start transforming your mindset.
So don’t give up – keep going, even on days when it feels tough!
Mix It Up
If you find that an affirmation isn’t resonating with you anymore, don’t be afraid to switch it up.
Our needs and priorities change, and that’s okay! Keep your affirmations fresh and relevant to your current situation.
Embracing The Journey: Affirmations And Personal Growth
As a busy mom and business owner, I know firsthand that life can be overwhelming at times.
But by incorporating affirmations into my daily routine, I’ve found a sense of inner peace and confidence that I didn’t know was possible.
So, what are you waiting for? Give affirmations a try and see the difference they can make in your life.
Remember, you deserve all the love, happiness, and success in the world – and with the right mindset, you can achieve it!