The personal development world is truly having its moment this year. It’s 2022 and ever since wellness -TikTok became a thing we’ve been seeing more and more women start morning routines, buy fresh new journals, and continue to post motivational quotes and affirmations all over their bathroom mirrors. The pandemic forced a lot of us to be alone with our own thoughts which can usually go one of two ways. We as women are starting to take our power back and turn inward instead of looking for external validation, it’s incredible to see and even more incredible to watch your friend turn down her ex’s late-night text because she finally knows what she deserves. If you haven’t been there yet, you will!
The journals, the post-its – all of these things are great. But the real question is does this stuff actually work? Does reading affirmations each day do anything for us?
WHAT ARE AFFIRMATIONS?
In our old blog post, we do a thorough breakdown of what affirmations are and how they work. Check it out here. Overall affirmations are positive statements that over time, change your perspective on the world and your own life. They shift your emotional state from negative to positive. Although affirmations aren’t a substitute for professional help like therapy, we also know that it isn’t accessible to the majority of the population. So if you’re looking for a free, simple way to boost your mood and overall well being, you’ve come to the right place.
22 AFFIRMATIONS TO BOOST YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE:
- I am in the rhythm and flow of ever-changing life
- I am teachable. I can learn. I am willing to change.
- Thoughts no longer have any power over me
- I am the power in the world
- I choose to be free. All is well in my world
- I see my patterns and I choose to make changes
- I no longer choose to believe in old limitations and lack
- I now choose to begin to see myself as the universe sees me-perfect, whole, and complete.
- I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.
- I see the past as necessary to bring me where I am today
- I am willing to begin where I am right now to clean the rooms of my mental house
- I am thrilled to be in the middle of this adventure, for I know I will never go through this particular experience again
- The past has no power over me
- I am totally willing to learn to love myself
- It is safe to look within
- I believe in a power far greater than me that flows through me every second of every day
- I am not too late nor too behind: a late bloom is still beautiful
- I am the creator of my own story
- My vision shines bright when I quiet my mind and let my soul speak
- My wildest dreams are coming true
- I have a unique gift to share with the world
- Through my own inspiration, I inspire others
HOW DO I USE AFFIRMATIONS?Sticky Notes: The more you read an affirmation, the higher the chance of it being programmed into your subconscious (the part of your brain that runs on auto-pilot) We suggest putting your sticky notes somewhere you’ll see them often and first thing in the morning, like your bathroom mirror, bedside table, fridge door, or even making it the background to your phone and laptop.
Journaling: Neuroscientists in Tokyo found that those who take notes manually (writing) performed better on exams and boosted their memories! Even saying “handwritten notes help us latch on to the information in our mind — like having a photographic memory.” Writing your affirmations daily in a journal boosts your mental wellbeing, memory, and mood. What’s there to lose? We suggest the MAGIC method journal, it gives you a space every morning to write your affirmations.
Mirror: This involves 2 things. A mirror, and getting rid of the ego. Saying positive affirmations to yourself while gazing in the mirror is going to feel extremely uncomfortable at first and that’s okay. The entire point of affirmations is to overcome that self-critic, don’t let it stop you from looking in that mirror because you think you look silly. A 2017 study says that “The mirror enhances the efficacy of this self-compassion manipulation in activating the soothing effect system connected with parasympathetic nervous system activity." Basically, yes. It works.
Grab your journal and sticky notes and meet us over on Instagram at @mymagicmornings to learn more about the power of affirmations and how to implement them into your daily routine.
Love & Magic,
The Magic Team