The Right Way to Use Affirmations
Identify the negative emotion, feeling, or ideation.
So for example, let’s say you’re pregnant and you’re worried it won’t go according to your birth plan. The first thing you’d want to do is to acknowledge that you’re worried about the unknown.
Create an affirmation to oppose the negative emotion or feeling.
So going back to our example of things not going according to your birth plan. This anxiety can have two different root causes. It could be rooted in your inability to let go, and allow things to flow, or maybe it’s rooted in disbelief of your body’s ability to accomplish a natural birth. So I’m going to give you some affirmations based on each root cause.
You need to repeat it daily. Inspiration affirmation, motivation just like a shower, needs to be repeated daily in order to work. The negative emotion you’re experiencing didn’t take root because you heard it once. Whether you’re fearful about birth or anxious about being a good mom, those feelings become rooted in us through messages we receive on TV. Or through conversations will other people. Either way it didn’t happen overnight. The good thing about motivational messages and affirmation, is that they can impact and change your mood instantly, but to create change, need to be exercised daily.
Anchor the affirmation in your body as you repeat it by placing your hand over the part of your body that feels uncomfortable, or the part of your body that you’re affirming, while you’re breathe.
You can accomplish by either having a friend, partner, coach, repeat it to you. If you’re not comfortable with this, or don’t have someone to do it, repeat it in the mirror.
Affirmations truly have the ability to transform your mind and this is because the mind doesn’t know the difference between real or fantasy. Your non-conscious mind believes everything it thinks, sees, hears, etc. is real. It cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy or between the truth or a lie.