How has this week got you down so far?
In case you needed an extra boost, I’m sending good vibes your way today and always!
But I’m wondering what’s something that makes even the most terrible time better for you?
Here’s something that helps me: affirmations.
Affirmations are the remedy to unpleasant and challenging thoughts.
The mind is always on the go; pleasant and unpleasant feelings inconveniently tend not to show up at the same time! And because of the brain’s negativity bias, we automatically hold on to those uncomfortable negative thoughts. We do that to remember what hurt us.
Developmentally and in terms of trauma, we can keep ourselves safe when we keep whats’ unpleasant in front of our mind.
The trouble is that when the mind is full of negative thoughts such as guilt, fear, sadness, resentment, powerlessness, bitterness or rage, it keeps you stuck in the past. And the constant recycling of these thoughts and feelings can trigger other problems such as depression, anxiety, and shame.
But there is something you can do, not to deny what is hurtful, but to give space to and include something alongside that.
When these unpleasant thoughts arise, you can neutralise your mind with more affirming thoughts. With patience and practice, you’ll discover that you can choose to have different, more self-supportive and nourishing experiences. You don’t have to stay stuck with the same loud, old thoughts and inner voices.
A good time to practice affirmations is first thing in the morning.
Affirmation: Morning Miracles
How do you start your day?
Are you jolted out of bed by the alarm clock or children? Perhaps grabbing breakfast, waking up thinking about a meeting that you’re dreading. If so, read on!
When I read Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I connected to the importance of ritual. In the book, he doesn’t describe his 6-minute routine in this way, but there is something precious about creating a sacred time and space, however small, to regularly engage with the things that nourish your soul.
First thing in the morning is a beautiful time to do this, giving you a boost of positive and creative energy. This positive focus will impact your day.
The Power Within You
Committing to daily affirmations is one way of getting this positive boost.
Here’s an affirmation you might like to try. It’s taken from Eric Butterworth’s Discover the Power Within You. These words nourish the soul. First thing in the morning, if you’re already feeling overwhelmed, irritated or stressed, they remind you of your potential, and a divine wholeness exists within each one of us.
It takes less than 60 seconds to read. Do you have the time?
I salute the divinity in me. I am strong, and I am able. I can do all that I need to do today. My mind is alert, my body vital and healthy, and my path will be strewn with golden opportunities. No matter what this day will bring me, there is that in me which is great enough to meet it, overcome it and be blessed by it.
If you’re looking for something briefer, try these:
I am safe
I am at peace with who I am and where I am
I am good enough
I am worthwhile
I lovingly accept who I am
Allow yourself to bathe in words and notice the feeling of calm, clarity and peace with what you have to accomplish during the day. Pause, take a breath and enjoy!
Over To You
What unpleasant and negative thoughts are dominating your mind? If you want a safe space to discuss and explore how you quieten negative thoughts, get in touch and book your first counselling appointment. I offer video sessions online via a secure platform. Coronavirus (COVID-19) doesn’t need to put your therapy sessions on pause.
Or call me today on 07535 864836.
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© Sandra Harewood 2021
Soul Centred couples counsellor Sandra Harewood specialises in working with couples and women with childhood wounding that impacts their adult relationships. Sandra provides a soulful space for her clients to explore creative solutions to their difficulties and create a great relationship.