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A is for Affirmations

Author: null null Published: 21st April 2012 17:20

Using a megaphoneAffirmations are positive messages which can be repeated regularly, and have a beneficial effect on our beliefs and mental wellbeing. Often as children, negative messages have been repeated over and over by adults around us, and these remain as ‘head tapes' which influence our assumptions and belief systems as adults. Just think how powerful the words 'I can't' are to most people. To say 'I can' is equally powerful but much more challenging.

Did you know when we hear a bad thing said about us we tend to believe it instantly! When we hear a good thing it needs to be repeated around ten times over before we believe it. An affirmation is a method of telling yourself a good thing ten times over.

Joanne Burrell

Louise Hay is probably the most well-known advocate of affirmations as a means of healing, both physically and mentally, with her best selling books, Heal Your Body (1976), and You Can Heal Your Life (1984). Louise expresses her philosophy as follows:

"If we love and accept ourselves and others unconditionally then we will attract people in our lives who are the same"

Affirmations are now used in a wide range of personal development programmes and therapies, from the mainstream Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to the alternative Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). The daily repetition of affirmations helps to ‘reprogramme' our subconscious mind, and harness the power of our new beliefs to change our behaviour and achieve goals. Athletes use similar methods of autosuggestion to maximise their self belief and confidence, and hence their performance.

Here are some other examples of affirmations from Louise Hay:

‘The money that comes to me today is a pleasure to handle'
‘I can shape my own destiny'
‘All is well in my world'
‘Acceptance is giving ourselves and others the ability to just be'
‘I am unfolding in fulfilling ways. Only good can come to me'
‘I lovingly take care of my body'
Click here to read more extracts from the Good Mental Health Guide blog
Click here for more information about  free resources and local  workshops for good mental health
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