You’ve likely heard about the benefits of positive affirmations and how they can be used to improve your mental health. While they may seem weird at first and it may seem silly to repeat words of praise yourself, there’s evidence that positive affirmations really do work. When used correctly, they can also be a great way of improving your body image.
How Do Positive Affirmations Work?
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to try to post a daily positive affirmation every once in a while to break up my profile’s feed. I do this because I’m also trying to remind myself to carry out positive affirmations as much as possible. This is down to the fact that these affirmations really have been proven to benefit your mental state.
Positive affirmations work for a lot of people because they can help rewire your thinking patterns. Most of us have experienced feelings of self-doubt and negativity, telling ourselves that we’re going to fail that exam or bomb that interview, and we tend to believe it. Positive affirmations work in a similar way. Instead of being negative and telling yourself negative ideas, positive affirmations instead allow you to focus on your positive traits.
By repeating positive affirmations to yourself on a regular basis, you’re going to be working to reprogram how you think. This, in turn, will also help you change how you act. If you tell yourself that you’re going to ace that exam and you believe it, then you’re more likely to do well than if you were constantly doubting yourself.
Research suggests that positive affirmations actually help us function and perform better overall. There’s evidence that thinking about your best qualities can help calm your nerves and can generally work to ground you so that you’re able to remain your focus and work better.
Positive Body Image Affirmations
My Body Deserves Respect
It’s often easy to neglect how you’re feeling and, in turn, neglect your body by not giving it the care that it needs or deserves. Even when you’re not feeling particularly happy within yourself, it’s still important that you’re kind to the body that you’re in. This phrase can work to remind you that, no matter what, your body is special and deserves respect.
Food Is Fuel, Not The Enemy
This one is particularly difficult if you struggle with disordered eating or simply struggle with body image issues, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Food really is our fuel – it’s not bad and it’s not selfish. Without adequate nutrition, you’re going to be left feeling weak, lethargic, and overall much worse off. Nobody’s saying you have to be overjoyed about food – but the first step is realising that it’s fuel, not your enemy.
My Weight Does Not Define Me
We are so much more than our weights, though I, for one, know how hard it is to believe that. Our weights do not represent what is good about us – the number on the scale does not signify our worth. It doesn’t showcase our personalities, our achievements, our dreams, our hobbies, or our intellect. You are worth so much more than an arbitrary number that really shouldn’t be a factor.
I Am Allowed To Take Up Space
And you are! You are worth all the space you could possibly want. You are unique, special, and you have so much potential that a number on a scale should not determine whether or not you chase after your dreams. Simply put, you deserve the space that you take up in the world because you are valuable of that space.
Repeating positive affirmations may be difficult at first, but, after a while, you might find that they really do change your way of thinking and behaving. Give it a shot and see how it benefits your body image.
Do you use positive affirmations? Are there any that are particularly special to you?