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The Power of Daily Affirmations for Building Self-Love and Self-Worth
When living in a world that is so deeply rooted in social media and personal image, it can be hard to turn off that constant comparison in your head, even when you put your phone down.
Social media has made it very hard to differentiate what is reality and what is not and it has caused a lot of suffering for many people.
A powerful tool that can be used for good has caused many to lose their sense of worth and confidence.
Something I have found to help keep me grounded and rooted in who I am has been focusing on how I talk to myself and treat myself daily.
I always say, if you wouldn’t talk to your friend the way you talk to yourself, there is an issue that needs to be fixed.
Insert daily affirmations!
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What Are Daily Affirmations?
Daily affirmations are positive statements that help train your brain both consciously and unconsciously to focus on a goal.
That goal can be anything from work-related to self-esteem related.
The goal of these powerful mantras are to overcome that negative voice we all have in our heads, in addition to diminishing self-sabotaging behaviours or thoughts.
Instead of focusing on negativity within ourselves, we are redirecting our focus to positivity.
When we focus on speaking positively about ourselves, we re-train our brain to work for us instead of against us.
This mental shift has such a profound affect especially if you suffer from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and more.
How to Incorporate Affirmations Into Your Daily Routine
A great way to start incorporating positive affirmations into your life, is by first committing.
Focus on the next seven days to make it a point to create a routine in the morning that lets you focus on your intentions and start your day on a positive note.
When you wake up, avoid checking your phone first thing. Instead go to your bathroom and while brushing your teeth (or doing whatever it is that you do right in the morning), focus on what your intention is for the day and a goal you have for yourself.
Make sure you are standing in front of a mirror!
When you have set your intention, think of a mantra that goes with that intention. See some examples below!
Whatever mantra you have chosen (there is no right or wrong), repeat it 3-5 times while looking at yourself in the mirror.
Focus on your breath in-between reciting your affirmation.
Once you have completed, go and drink 8oz of water before consuming anything else.
Continue to focus on your intention, and then carry on about your day!
Examples of Powerful Affirmations
25 examples of some powerful affirmations are:
I choose to let go of negative self-talk.
I am strong, I am beautiful and I am worthy of all good things in life.
I am capable of anything I set my mind to.
I love and accept my true self.
I choose to forgive myself and let go of any past mistakes.
I set healthy boundaries and take time to focus on myself as needed.
I choose to let go of all things I have no control over in my life.
I am committed to choosing me, each and every day.
I am committed to saying no to things that no longer serve me.
I am prioritising my emotional, mental, and physical health today.
I choose to live my best life.
I deserve to feel loved and to feel happy.
I am in charge of how I feel and today I choose happiness.
I am love.
I am compassion.
I radiate positive energy.
Today is filled with endless possibilities and I am worthy of all.
Today is amazing and things are going to happen for me.
I am beautiful.
I believe in my abilities.
I have the power to change my story.
I use my failures as a stepping stone.
No one can make me feel inferior.
I breathe in peace and breathe out fear.
Today I let go of self-criticism.
Feel free to write down your own and put them on sticky notes around your home!
Have them serve as a constant reminder of your commitment to caring for yourself and loving on yourself!
Headspace defines mindfulness as, ‘the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them’.
It can all seem quite complex at first, but it is actually the simplest practice you can do.
It only requires as much time as you can give (even a couple of minutes a day is productive), and the only tool you need is your mind.
In simple terms, I’d describe my mindful activities as just being aware of everything around me. Just taking the time to move slowly, if at all, and concentrate on my breathing and how I feel.
It is really that straight-forward and you can’t do it wrong!
All practice is progress, and everything can be done at your own pace. This is your special time.
So, a lot of you might be thinking, what’s the point?
Well, in short, it can make you a lot happier.
According to Headspace, people who incorporate mindfulness into their lives ‘often report heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and compassion, as well as lower levels of stress, frustration, and sadness’.
Who wouldn’t want all that?
Of course everybody is different, but the evidence to support the benefits of mindfulness are immense.
One study conducted by Northeastern University, found that 10 days of mindful activity increased positivity and well-being.
Simple Mindful Activities You Can Perform Outdoors
Alongside mindfulness, spending time outdoors in nature is super beneficial to your health, mental and physical.
Imagine a triangle in your mind, and use the sides of this shape to guide your breathing.
Breathe in for 3 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, then release your breathe for another 3 seconds.
Repeat these steps over and over for a relaxing way to destress and become more mindful.
Focus on your five senses
And finally, probably the most important activity you can do…focus on your senses.
Spending time outdoors is amazing in many ways, but the vast array of colours, smells and sounds it offers has to be used to your advantage.
Using your senses to become more aware of your surroundings and the environment, is one of the most mindful things you can do, and here’s how.
SIGHT – look around you, what can you see? Are there any people about or wildlife? Are your surroundings bright and colourful? Spend time counting all the things you can see that interest you.
HEARING – dial into your hearing and listen out, what can you hear? Are there birds singing? Or cars driving past? Perhaps you are near a running stream? Try to count how many different sounds you can hear.
SMELL – now concentrate on your nose, what can you smell? This one may not be as obvious as some of your other senses, but I assure you that there are smells all around. Can you smell freshly cut grass? Or has it been raining?
TASTE – next focus on your mouth and tongue, what can you taste? Have you still got the taste of the last thing you ate? Or are you sipping a lovely warm drink? Try to describe what you can taste in a few words.
TOUCH – lastly think about what you are touching, what can you feel? Is the warmth of the sun casting on your face? Or is there a breeze brushing past your skin? Think about how your body is making contact with the ground, are you sat down or stood up?
Thanking Nature for All Its Benefits
The way nature can enhance your mindfulness practice is second to none.
So how can we repay this amazing force for all its benefits and gifts?
For a start, we can be more conscious of our surroundings, the environment.
How is our lifestyle negatively impacting the Earth we live on?
As the dominant species of our planet, it is important to do all we can to look after our environment.
This is where sustainability comes in.
Head on over to Simplifying Sustainability to read all about how we can work together to help our planet thrive and attempt to undo all the trauma we have caused our environment so far.
Improving Our Level of Consciousness
How is our lifestyle negatively impacting the Earth we live on? As the dominant species of our planet, it is important to do all we can to look after our environment.
Human activity has resulted in a sustained negative impact on the environment.
Indeed, some scientists have pointed out that we are currently living in the Anthropocene, a “unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems” (National Geographic Society, 2019).
Outcomes from fluctuating climate patterns are uncertain, as “the scientific community doesn’t agree about the depth of climate change impacts on the planet” (Lemkow, 2020).
However, it is our responsibility to be aware of our own actions and their intended consequences.
“The challenge remains in opening up people’s imagination to that possibility that it can be done differently”
Simple Resources to Get Started
To unlock change, education is the first necessary step. Following this, an educational guide of resources to understand our impact on the environment has been developed.
Find the latest tools and resources to be more aware of what a conscious lifestyle is:
It’s Friday again and I’ve managed to pull another blog post out the bag! That’s going on my list of achievements.
So today, I wanted to outline the new practices I have started using as part as my morning routine, to encourage mindfulness. This basic schedule begins when I wake up in the morning to about midday.
Please bare in mind that I am not a morning person and I don’t start most days until 10am. So please, if you are a morning person or have to get up at an earlier time, just move the schedule forward by how many hours suits you.
Let’s get started!
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9.00 My lovely, soft morning alarm wakes me up.
I can’t get out of bed straight away, but I take my eye mask off, sit up a little and take some big sips of water.
This is important, you should start everyday by drinking water. It helps to kickstart your metabolism and gets your body ready for the day ahead. I can’t recommend this enough.
9.15 By this time, I have finally dragged myself out of bed and made my way downstairs.
Now, I know everyone’s morning routine is slightly different, but I always start with breakfast.
If this seems absurd to you and completely out of the realms of your usual routine, don’t worry. I am going to recap all the activities for mindfulness in this article right at the very end. You can rearrange them into whichever order suits you best.
My usual breakfast consists of crunchy peanut butter on wholemeal toast. I’m not really sure if this is the best way to kickstart the day but it suits me fine.
Occasionally, I will swap this out for porridge or strawberry Alpro yoghurt.
9.30 By now it’s time for my morning coffee.
I’ve recently been indulging in a vegan mocha creation of mine. But I do like to mix it up and have different hot drinks.
I spend this time to be more mindful and aware of all my senses. Using a certain habit or activity to remind yourself to be more mindful is a great practice.
I will smell the coffee and try to describe the aroma to myself. I will feel the warmth of the mug on my hands.
Finally, I will taste the coffee on my lips and try to describe that best I can. Feeling the sensation of the warm drink going down my throat.
I also love to do this activity outside, weather permitting. It’s such an experience to sit in my garden with the dogs and observe everything around me.
Leaves falling off the trees. The plants swaying in the breeze. Birds singing their morning song.
9.50 After 20 minutes or so, I head back upstairs and take any medications I need to at this point.
Every morning I take a vegan supplement that helps me to get all the vitamins and minerals I need for my diet.
I also take any prescription medication I’m on, making sure to wash down both with some cool water.
10.00 By 10am I am still in my pyjamas, but I find a quiet spot in the house (which can sometimes be difficult), find a cushion to sit on and cross my legs.
It’s time to meditate.
Now, it is down to personal preference what time of day meditation takes place.
Some people prefer to use it to wind-down in the evening. But I find, I am much less likely to do it if I leave it until last thing.
I am new to meditation myself, and I’m not going to pretend it is as easy as just sitting with your eyes closed. It isn’t.
I recommend finding some good guided meditations to begin with, I will list some I have found useful below.
This is another one which can seem off-putting to a novice. I was one of those people too.
Yoga can be incredibly difficult but there are so many resources out there you can use from home, and you can simply take it at your own pace.
I love using beginner YouTube videos, I recommend SarahBethYoga. Of course, when gyms open back up, going to yoga classes is another option to consider.
Breathe with purpose
This one sounds a bit silly, we all breathe with the purpose of living. But really concentrating on your breathing and how it affects your body is an incredidble mindfulness exercise anybody can do at any time.
You may of hear of people slowing their breathing and counting to 10 in stressful situations, but that’s not all it is useful for.
I can’t describe to you how implementing these changes in my life has really helped me feel better in myself and become happier over the past month.
Find out more about my new morning routine, which details how I like to start my mornings in order to set myself up for a mindful day.
It can all seem overwhelming at first, but the majority of tasks involved in this article only take a few minutes to complete.
Remember to start off gently and try not to tackle everything at once. Try implementing a couple of new habits each month until you feel more comfortable.
And please, if you take anything from this article, please do check out some podcasts and audiobooks.
They’re just such an easy and useful way to digest new information, especially whilst travelling or doing some house work.