Using positive affirmations for your Health and Wellness Goals
Positive affirmations are a powerful, yet often underestimated tool for achieving your Health & Wellness goals. They are simple, impactful statements that can transform the way you think, feel, and act, and are an essential addition to your personal growth journey.
Why Use Positive Affirmations?
Positive affirmations are not just words; they can profoundly impact your mental health and motivation. Research has shown that using positive affirmations can rewire your brain, boost self-esteem, and improve overall well-being. I’ve dropped a few links below if you’d like to read more about some of the science behind positive thinking.
I’d like to take a moment here to address the concept of toxic positivity by saying that a positive mindset done right is not toxic positivity! I’ll be writing more about this another piece very soon.
Here are some of the potential Health & Wellness benefits of adopting a positive mindset:
- Lower levels of stress, anxiety, and even depression
- Lower levels of pain and discomfort
- Better resistance to illness
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory conditions, infections…
- Better emotional resilience when faced with difficult life experiences
- Increased motivation
- Greater self-confidence
Creating your own effective positive affirmations is a straightforward process.
Be positive: State your affirmation in a positive, present tense, as if it’s already happening. For example, say, “I am strong and healthy” instead of “I will not get sick.”
Be specific: Make your affirmations specific to your health and wellness goals. The more precise you are, the clearer your path becomes.
Use emotion: Attach positive emotions to your affirmations. Imagine how achieving your goal will make you feel and infuse that emotion into your statements.
Repeat regularly: Consistency is key! Repeat your affirmations daily, ideally in the morning or before bedtime, to reinforce positive thinking.
Some Examples of Positive Affirmations to get you started
“I am nourishing my body with healthy choices every day.”
“I embrace exercise as a joyful part of my life.”
“I am resilient and can overcome any health challenges that come my way.”
“I radiate positivity and attract wellness into my life.”
“My body is healing and getting stronger with each passing day.”
I’d love to hear about your positive affirmations and how they’ve impacted your health and wellness journey. Share your creations with me in the comments! Remember, by incorporating affirmations into your daily routine, you’ll be one step closer to realising the vibrant and healthy life you deserve. Stay positive, stay motivated, and stay well!
Read more about the science of positive thinking:
Eagleson, C., Hayes, S., Mathews, A., Perman, G., & Hirsch, C. R. (2016). The power of positive thinking: Pathological worry is reduced by thought replacement in Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Behaviour research and therapy, 78, 13–18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2015.12.017
Murphy, S. T., Vittorio, L. N., & Strunk, D. R. (2023). Vindicating pollyanna? an experimental test of cognitive restructuring and positive thinking interventions. Psychotherapy Research, 33(6), 696–703. https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2022.2152397
Risca, A., & Rahma, W. (2022). Positive thinking training in reducing stress for people with hypertension, 24(1), 139–151. https://doi.org/10.26486/psikologi.v24i1.2547