I’ve used affirmations in many different forms and I ALWAYS have all my clients work with affirmations. This isn’t some hokey woo-woo technique that prompts you to just think positive thoughts – these days it’s backed by lots of scientific research.
Affirmations are a form of hypnotic suggestions. When you repeat them enough times, you program them into your subconscious mind and you accept this as your new belief. Practice them deliberately and repeatedly. There are currently 30 different affirmations on this page and you can randomly pick them, but I recommend that you browse through a few to get one that REALLY strikes a chord with you. Stick to THAT ONE affirmation until it has become your new way of living and being in this world.
Neuroscience is confirming what us hypnotherapists have been saying for A LONG TIME – that our thoughts can change our brains. (Check out the book The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge, M.D.)
By practicing affirmations regularly, we actually create neuroplasticity in the area of the brain that processes what we are focusing on. The key here is that you STICK TO THE PROCESS and repeat the affirmation (brainwash yourself) until you know it has become a part of who you are and your own truth. That’s why I encourage everyone to write their own affirmations. THEY BECOME YOU! It’s easy and straightforward – just remember that they need to be in present tense, first person (I AM) and something that is a positive statement and something you want (Don’t say: I don’t hate myself anymore. Do say: I love myself more and more.) Check out a few of my suggested affirmations and you’ll get the gist!
When practicing affirmations, choose one or two to focus on for several weeks. Say the affirmation out loud, look yourself in a mirror while you speak (or in your camera on your phone) and speak in a confident voice. Repeat this several times a day and definitely before you go to bed. You can even set reminders on your phone to remember to repeat your affirmations.
Another favourite is to write your affirmations out on post-it and put them where you frequently see them.
Let me know if you have any questions!