Consistent practice of affirmations have many benefits including reduced stress rates, increased self-esteem and self-concept (what we believe about ourselves), and they also can help us cope with anxiety and depression.
According to Psychology Today “First, we must pay attention and notice which current patterns of behavior are working against our best interests. We might also want to know what aspects of our well-being we most struggle with so we can create affirmations that are likely to have the biggest impact for us”.
We believe that it is important to align an intention with your affirmation that focuses on the solution instead of the problem. Simply put, intentions are a mental state that represents a committment to carrying out an action. An affirmation is a declaration that something is true.
We have created five easy steps to starting an affirmation practice. We invite you to try these for yourself and let us know how it went for you. Also, check out our Wild Luna Botanicals affirmation candles to support you in your affirmation practice.
Not sure how to get started? Don’t worry, we got you!!!
Step 1: SET THE TONE
Create a relaxing environment where you can ground yourself. You can clean your space, put some incense, allow light to enter your space, and put some relaxing music on. You can incorporate healing crystals, plants, candles, and any other tools that make you feel supported.
Step 2: GROUND AND BREATHE
It is important to make sure that you can be in a space uninterrupted. Take a deep breath, Inhale for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, and release for 4 counts. Repeat 2 more times. If you have respiratory issues or are recovering from COVID-19, please adjust the count. You know yourself best.
Step 3: REFLECT
Think about an area of your well-being that you are struggling with so you can set an intention and an affirmation to support you. What would it look like, feel like, sound like, if you were no longer struggling. How would you feel?
Step 4: DO A SELF-AFFIRMATION
State your intention and affirmation out loud (in present tense) for example “I am...”. Repeat three times or as needed.
Step 5: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
The only way to build a practice is to actually practice. It will not be perfect. You will miss a day, or two… sometimes a whole month. It is okay. It does NOT need to be perfect. Every day is an opportunity to practice.
Here are 5 self-affirmations to get you started!!
You can read more about the benefits of affirmations by going to www.positivepsychology.com/daily-affirmations/