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Exercise your mind with daily affirmations

Written by Megan Davis

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Daily affirmations can change your mindset and help you create the future you want!

It’s so easy (especially these days) for us to get sucked into a barrage of negative thoughts. One small, intrusive thought leads to another and another. “This is never going to get better.” I’ll never lose weight.” “This is too hard.” “It’s so much easier for other people.”

Without realizing it, you’re sabotaging yourself. Each time you think or say one of these negative thoughts, your brain slowly starts to believe it’s true. So if you say it enough, you really won’t lose the weight and it will always be easier for others.

If you want to lead a life filled with more positivity and gratitude, or if you want to see your goals manifest, consider starting each day with a positive affirmation.

Creating positive daily affirmations

Affirmations are short, simple statements designed with a goal in mind. They can be uncomplicated, I’m strong, or more specific, I deserve love. Most importantly, daily affirmations are positive statements. Once you began to remind yourself to use a positive affirmation in the place of a complaint, you’ll start to train your brain and your thoughts will slowly build into your reality. Just like physical exercise, the more often you do something, the stronger you’ll be.

Find a quiet space to think and bring a pen and a piece of paper with you. Think about the things in your life that you want to change: smile more, be a better partner, find more time to spend with your friends. Write them all down. Then, think of a positive affirmation that can help you achieve what you want. My life is fun and it’s easy to smile. I am lucky to have my partner in my life and they’re lucky to be in mine. I’m a kind, compassionate person and my friends are important to me. And write those down.

Creating positive affirmations helps you realize what you fear most in life. Once you’re more aware of these fears, you can be more mindful of replacing any negative thoughts with more positive, uplifting ones.

Start your day with a positive affirmation

When you wake up, you’re in the best position to start your day right. (It’s not just eating breakfast that does that.) Before taking your head off the pillow, think of a positive affirmation. Maybe you have a list in your nightstand drawer or on your phone. Remember that it should be something in the present tense, not the future tense. So, “I am” instead of “I will.”

Create a habit of saying positive statements in the morning and you’ll start to notice they help you stay positive throughout the day.

Affirmations serve as a moment to pause and reflect on what it is we actually want to ensure we get there. They are more powerful and purposeful than you think. Ask yourself what you most want out of life and what’s most important to you and create your affirmations from there.

What daily affirmation will you use today?

This story was originally posted on 8/2/2018. 

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