Self-love can be a challenge, especially when the world around us is filled with negativity. The best way to bring this kind of positivity into your life is to make every effort to do it yourself, starting with affirmations.
The Journey of Intentional Self Love
Intentionally choosing to love yourself and be positive about your body, mind, and soul will change your life. One of the best ways to do this is to begin repeating and believing positive affirmations to yourself on a regular basis. Read on to learn how to change your life for the better through positive daily affirmations.
1. Positive Daily Affirmations Replace Negative Self-Talk
You’ll want to start your journey of self-love by identifying negative beliefs and self-talk. According to a study by Boulder Academy Lifestyle Coaching, 80% of the average person’s thoughts are negative. This is why it is so important to re-wire the way we think.
Begin your self-affirmation journey by taking a moment to reflect and actually understand what it is that you think and say about yourself and your body. Write down these thoughts and beliefs.
Your negative self-talk will include anything that is self-limiting. Perhaps you’ve been thinking “I can’t lose enough weight” or “I’ll never be pretty”. Use these as a starting point to pour out every negative thought you have towards yourself.
Spend a few days working on the list, making sure to capture every negative thought that comes to mind. Though this exercise may surprise you, it’s helpful to identify negativity wherever it may exist.
2. Transform Negative Beliefs into Positive Thoughts
You have the power within you to change how you feel about yourself and your body. As the queen of confidence herself, Beyoncé says, “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are”.
Confront your list of negative self-talk and start writing a new positive affirmation to counter each one. Though it may feel uncomfortable at first, keep pushing through it. In response to previous thoughts, right new ones that are the opposite of what you have previously thought.
For example, instead of thinking about difficulties with losing weight, develop a positive affirmation that lists the ways you are improving your body. Similarly, if you are constantly putting down the way you look, worrying that you are not pretty enough, write down a positive statement like, “I am enough and I am incredibly beautiful and attractive”.
3. Start Using Your Positive Self-Talk Regularly
These self-affirmations are more than mere sentences. As you embed them into your thought pattern and psyche, you’ll begin to live like you believe them. This will change your life more than you know.
Post your daily affirmations of powerful body positivity someplace you’ll be able to easily see them each day. Make it a point to read your affirmation list often. As you do, you’ll notice how these words of positivity are quickly transforming your mindset.
If you find yourself slipping into your old way of thinking with negativity, quickly stop yourself. Turn to the positive self-talk as a way to get your mind back on track. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for any negative self-talk as you think about or talk about yourself to others.
4. Watch as Your New Self-Love Affirmations Transform Your Life
The magic of a transformed mindset will undoubtedly follow after you stop your negative thinking. Repeating an affirmation like,”I have a beautiful body and am thankful for every day I live in it” will push you into truly living out your belief.
With these affirmations, you’ll be able to improve yourself in ways you haven’t before. You can change any area in your life where you’ve experienced difficulty or disappointment. Even if you aren’t where you hope to be, your positive belief system will catapult you to working your way to where you need to be.
Your New Life Awaits You
By sticking with this system of replacing negative thoughts with positivity, you’ll be able to really live life as you always hoped you could. There’s no such thing as the perfect body, only a body that you are perfectly content with. Remember to start writing out your positive truths and then reading them back to yourself. Regularly read them aloud as you go through your days to keep reminding yourself of these truths.
Through writing, reading, and repeating these self-love affirmations, you’ll be able to actually change the way you feel and the way you live. Once you do that, you’ll see that you have an endless reserve of peace in your mind, body, and soul. Keep changing your life and be a force of positivity for others.