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The Power of Positive Affirmations

Laura Muth

 If you, like us, believe the phrase ‘you are what you think’, then life truly stems from your thoughts. At Recover, we advocate positive thinking and teach our clients that having an optimistic attitude can affect the outcome of just about any situation.

Naturally, this is easier said then done and on days where we are feeling our absolute worst, conjuring up a single positive thought may seem impossible. On these days especially, the use of positive affirmations can be a really useful and powerful tool.

 

So what is a positive affirmation?

Positive affirmations are short, positive statements that you may use everyday to help restructure the dynamics of our brain. By verbally affirming our dreams and ambitions, we feel empowered and reassured that our wishful words will become reality. These affirmations are simple ways to break the negativity cycle. A negative mind will always produce negative words, and consequently lead to negative actions and a negative life.

Using positive affirmations are not intended to block out all negative thoughts, but can be used to gently guide our thoughts to a more optimistic mindset.

 

Using affirmations in eating disorder recovery

Alt TextIn recovery, positive affirmations can help your restructure you belief system around food, weight or body image and in doing so, assist your eating disorder recovery.

Often people suffering from eating disorders are stuck in a cycle of internally shaming the self. Positive affirmations such as ‘I accept myself’ can help break this cycle by changing your mindset from a shame-based one to a self-affirming one.

 

How to use positive affirmations

There’s no right or wrong way to use affirmations. You just need to find the right way which works for you, whether that be:

  • Verbally saying them out load to yourself in the mirror, you can
  • Incorporating them into meditations
  • Setting daily positive affirmations reminders on your phone
  • Sticking them on your bedroom walls or a place where you’ll read them each day.

 

Additionally, every person differs in which specific affirmations they use. If you are unsure, try a few of the following each day and experiment as to which are the most powerful for you:

‘I am a worthy person’

‘I am surrounded by love’

‘Everything is getting better everyday’Alt Text

‘I am successful in everything I do’

‘I have control over my thoughts, feelings and actions.’

‘I forgive myself from all past mistakes’

‘I believe in, trust and have confidence in myself.’

‘I am safe.’

‘I am more powerful than my eating disorder.’

‘I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.’

‘I will be as gentle with myself as I am with other people.’

‘I am enough.

 

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.Buddha
Whether you are suffering from an eating disorder or not, it may be hard to believe these affirmations are true about yourself. However, by consciously using these statements, your subconscious mind will be influenced which will transform your attitude and behaviours and reshape your external life.

 

Remember to be patient with yourself as change won’t happen overnight. As you change your thinking, your words will change and consequently, so will your life.

 

For more affirmations; see our Positive Affirmations Pinterest board.

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