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The art of daily affirmations

To achieve positive results in our overall health, we need to take consistent action throughout all aspects of our wellness. For example, if we follow a regular workout routine then it would be beneficial to eat nutritious foods while also practicing activities that strengthen our minds. 

It may seem overwhelming if you are just starting to build a wellness routine but trust that every action you take is a step in a positive direction.

As a movement coach and wellness expert, not only am I passionate about encouraging you to live a happier and healthier lifestyle but I also enjoy providing strategies that bring joy and simplicity to your life. 

With that being said I would like to share with you a practice that I use to support my mental and spiritual health on a daily basis.

Have you ever tried using affirmations before? It is the action or process of affirming something and is strengthened by repeating positive statements to yourself as often as possible throughout the day. 

Affirmations are a powerful tool that can help challenge negative thoughts, beliefs or fears.

There are five main principles that I recommend using to build your affirmation practice and they are:

(1) Create statements that begin with “I AM” wherever possible.

(2) Keep each statement brief and specific to your needs. 

(3) Aim to challenge a negative thought or enforce an aspiring goal with each statement.

(4) Align the statement with your faith, beliefs, or spirituality.

(5) Write the statements down over and over again, say them out loud often, or meditate on them every day.

Once you complete your affirmation statements you want to post or stick them on a designated wall space in your room or office. The space location should be somewhere you frequent often and the statements should be placed at eye level so you always come in contact with the messages. Alternatively, you can place the statement sheet in a binder or folder. For all the digital folks, perhaps you can list out your affirmation statements in the notes app on your phone.

My hope is that the affirmation statements you create can be used to harness positive thinking. We must believe in the power of the mind as what we think, feel, and focus on will eventually come to fruition. I encourage you to review your statements at least once a day and update, remove or add statements whenever you see fit.

To get you started, here are six affirmation statements that you can use to include in your list:

I am capable.

I am focused.

I appreciate all the things that my body can do.

I am grateful for every new day and all the blessings life has in store.

I am talented, courageous. and capable of exceptional things.

Each time I move my body, I feel my body grow stronger.

I am in charge of how I feel and I deserve to feel great.

Let these affirmations, and the statements you create, be a reminder of how wonderful you are, how loved you are, and how strong your mind is.

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Author:Shakera Martin is a Canadian Movement Coach, Speaker, and Wellness Entrepreneur. At a young age, she was exposed to music and dance. The flair and vibrancy of her Caribbean culture is what she used to enhance her unique style of movement. Through her passion for dance, she has graced the stages of The Marilyn Denis Show, The Social, The Canadian Olympic Committee, the Toronto Marlies and more. you can find her here.

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