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During recovery, whether that is recovering from an injury, an eating disorder or anything else, it is really important to believe in yourself. It is very natural to doubt yourself when you start trying to recover because it seems like being ‘recovered’ is so far away. When I was recovering from an eating disorder, I really struggled to believe I would ever get there. One of my therapists suggested writing positive affirmations on revision cards to motivate myself – especially when I was challenging fear foods. At the time, I was a bit too stubborn and didn’t try it out. But looking back, it definitely would have helped!
Any recovery is full of peaks and troughs. Often, we are led to believe that recovery is linear but it definitely isn’t. It is natural to have setbacks. Although I consider myself recovered, I still relapse every now and then. I have just come out of a relapse in the past few weeks, and I am feeling much better now, but I was very low during that time. On the days that aren’t so good, it’s important to remember that you deserve to be happy and you will get there.
What are affirmations?
The simplest definition is that an affirmation is a short, but powerful statement. They have become more popular recently, especially if you want to manifest something for yourself. You can read more about manifestation here.
Did you know there are positive and negative affirmations?
I discovered that a few weeks ago. I’ve been thinking about it ever since I read it on Riyah’s blog. I used to use a lot of negative affirmations. Sometimes they still flash through my brain, but I’m trying my best to change them to positive affirmations.
How can affirmations be used?
Affirmations can be used in lots of ways, one way is through some pre-written cards.
Introducing Mål Paper
Mål Paper is a UK based stationery brand with a focus on improving wellness, fulfilment and potential of the user. They sent me their affirmation deck, which I think is perfect for those days when you aren’t feeling quite like yourself. Sometimes hard to write them for yourself, so what’s better than having 52 affirmation cards on hand?
This one affirmation deck can be used in so many different ways! My favourite way is to pick one at random each day. If I was at home, as opposed to in my uni house, I would stick them on my mirror. I love being reminded of positive affirmations as I look at my reflection, especially due to my eating disorder struggles.
Alternatively, you could pick one to repeat to yourself throughout that week. Then you could have a new one for each week of the year!
What are the benefits of affirmations?
There are hundreds of benefits that affirmations have! I won’t name them all, but here are some of them:
- Transfer your negative thoughts to positive ones
- Bring positivity into your life
- Increase happiness
- Repeating affirmations daily creates a routine
- They bring you a new perspective
- A study shows that they bring cardiovascular benefits
- We are less likely to burn out
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Have I convinced you to start using positive affirmations? Do you already use them?
Best wishes, Cx