Odds are, in our obnoxiously trendy hippie day and age (I'm not complaining) you've heard a thing or two about affirmations. Essentially, setting an affirmation practice means to set a positive intention in your mind, and habitually reaffirming this thought, tricking your brain into believing what you are saying. Often this is an "I am ____" statement or a single word mantra.
Why am I so affirmation obsessed?
Because affirmations work!
A 2015 study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Effective Neuroscience, proved that stating affirmations taps into the reward part of our brain - the same part of our brain that responds to pleasurable experiences such as eating a yummy piece of chocolate (so if you take anything from this blog, let it be that both affirmations and chocolate are a must for happy living).
It was also proven that affirmations may act as a type of emotional buffer to any negative or threatening experiences. You can learn more about this study through the link below:
Creating the habit of stating affirmations, multiple times daily, to myself, in the mirror, played a large role in me breaking through my eating disorder during a very dark time in my life. They allowed me to see what my soul desperately craved, and eventually my brain caught up and started to believe just how worthy I truly am.
During this season in my life, I was constantly battling an obsession with self-image, and the mirror was my biggest enemy. After reaching a startling low point, I knew I needed to make some changes. I wrote affirmations of worth on sticky notes and placed them all over the house. Every time I passed a mirror I would pause, take a deep breath, look myself in the eye, and say the affirmation.
Girl, if you are in a place of intense low self-esteem, I see you. I have been there.
Maybe for you it isn't looks. Maybe it's insecurity in your job, an obsession with your financial status, an intense social anxiety, or the all too dreaded mom guilt.
Whatever it is, know that it is possible to come out of this season. It is possible to feel like the complete sexy, bad-ass woman you are and have always been - just as you are! Coming out of this season is a choice. It is freaking hard as heck, but it is worth it.
You are worth it.
If you are feeling a little lost when writing your affirmations, I suggest taking the time to journal and reflect on:
1) what void it is you are trying to fill
2) what exact emotion or validation you are longing for
If you are still feeling like you don't know where to begin, here are some of my favorite go-to's that were major life changers for me!
I am worthy.
I am more than my body.
My worth is not reflective of my appearance.
Beauty is a state of mind.
My flaws are unique and extraordinary.
I am enough.
My looks do not define me.
I do not need to compare myself to others.
By being my authentic self, I attract what I crave.
I am valued.
Take the time to define what it is your soul needs to hear, and take steps to put this into action.
I will say it over and over again until you believe it.
Girl, YOU ARE WORTHY of feeling just how incredible you truly are. Are you perfect? No, none of us are. But you were created in perfect image, and that is the best version of ourselves we could possibly be.
Take steps to create the life you long for.
Be the change you wish to see.
Smile. You are one, sexy, bad-ass queen, and should never settle for anything less that just that.