How can positive affirmations help me create a positive self-image?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

An affirmation is a statement of fact that can make an imprint on the subconscious mind to create a healthy, positive self-image. In addition, affirmations can actually fuel the changes you desire. Here are some guidelines for creating your own affirmations:

  • Always phrase an affirmation in the present tense.
  • Always phrase an affirmation in a positive way and stay tuned to the positive feelings that are generated.
  • Keep the affirmation short and simple but full of feeling.
  • Be creative.
  • Imagine yourself really experiencing what you are affirming.
  • Make the affirmation personal and full of meaning.

Here are some examples of positive affirmations:

  • I am a whole and complete person.
  • I am in control of my life.
  • I am an open channel of love and joy.
  • I am filled with peace and wisdom.
  • I am good to my body
  • I am growing stronger every day.
  • I am healthier and thinner.

Using the above guidelines and examples, write down five affirmations regarding eating healthful meals and five affirmations about doing physical activity. State these affirmations aloud for a total of five minutes each day. Choose a location that is comfortable and quiet and a time when you will not be interrupted or disturbed. Sit or lie in a comfortable position. Begin by taking ten deep breaths, inhaling to a count of one, holding for a count of two, and exhaling to a count of four.

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