Most people have probably heard
the saying, “change your thoughts, change your life.” There is great truth to
this because how we think can significantly impact our mental and physical health.
Consider the power of placebo. It is not the placebo that heals a person, but a
person’s belief in it that does the healing. Clearly, the mind is extremely
powerful which is great news for us because when we think healthy thoughts, the
body finds it easier to be healthy.
One way we can utilize the power
of the mind is with positive affirmations. I find affirmations to be very
helpful as I live with the ups and downs of a very challenging neurological
disorder called dystonia.
Affirmations are positive,
specific statements that can condition the subconscious mind to develop a more
positive perception of ourselves. Affirmations help improve our health and the
perception of our health, change harmful thoughts and behaviors, accomplish
goals, and have a brighter outlook on all situations in life. They can also
help undo damage caused by negative things we repeatedly tell ourselves (or
what others repeatedly tell us) that contribute to a negative self-perception.
Positive affirmations bring to
life our capabilities, strengths, talents, and skills. When we say “I can’t”,
the energy of those words repel against us. When we say “I can”, we are better
able to achieve what we desire. Look at affirmations the same way as repetitive
exercises that improve our physical health. Positive mental repetitions reprogram
the brain so we begin to think and act in a healthier way. Additionally, when we think positively, the pituitary gland disperses endorphins which are effective in releasing energy that eases healing and relieves pain. When we have negative thoughts, noradrenaline (a stress hormone sometimes referred to as norepinephrine) is dispersed.
Write down areas in your life or
behaviors you want to improve. For each, come up with a positive, present-tense
statement you can repeat to yourself several times a day. Below are some health
related affirmations. Even if some of them are not true at the moment, but how
you want things to be, say them anyway. We can manifest anything with the right
mindset that is consistent. Keep in mind that anger, bitterness, and resentment
are also affirmations. They are the ones to avoid if we want to be healthy.
My ability to conquer (insert health condition) and
other challenges is limitless.
My mind is clear and calm.
My body is balanced and strong.
I make healthy choices. I have respect for myself.
My only work is to relax and breathe.
I am grateful to be alive today. It is my joy to live
I am willing to ask for help when I need it.
I am pain free.
Everything that is happening now is for my ultimate good.
I am at peace with what has happened, is happening,
and will happen.
I sleep in peace and wake in joy.
Every day in every way I am getting healthier and
I love and care for my body and it cares for me.
I am in control of my life and health.
I value my time and energy.
I allow myself to play and enjoy life.
I am full of energy and vitality.
Every day is a new day full of hope, happiness, and
should use positive language and clearly express what you desire. It is important
to use affirmations with “I”, “I am”, and “I will” statements, affirming that
you will use your abilities to achieve your goal. Close your eyes, shut out the
rest of the world, and repeat the words, thinking what they mean to you. Feel
the emotions that the affirmations evoke.
An affirmation I often say is,
“My mind is clear and calm. My body is balanced and strong. My heart is loving
and pure.” These are all areas where I feel the need to focus my attention to
achieve balance in my life. The more I repeat this, the more it becomes part of
my everyday life, positively impacting everything I do.
Developing a positive mindset is
one of the most powerful life strategies at our disposal. With positive
affirmations and visualization, it is possible to transform our life and our
health, and renew joy and passion. For more health affirmations, please see the
work done by Louise Hay.