I am a words person. I’ve probably told you that before and if you came to my house you’d notice words up on the walls in pretty much every room in my house. It’s my primary love language (find out more here) – I know I’m loved when I’m TOLD in words! Words are not only important to me, but to all of us. They form are large part of who we are and in particular who we say we are. Do we say nice things to ourselves?
It says in the ancient book of Proverbs that ‘The tongue has the power of life and death” (Prov 18:21). We can choose if the words we speak over ourselves speak ‘life’ or ‘death’ over us.
In terms of our own health and wellness, the words we speak are powerful. Here are some examples of ways we can speak ‘death’ over ourselves:
- I’m not good enough.
- I’m too fat/skinny/ugly/lumpy/bony/curvy (insert your own).
- I’ll never be … skinny enough/fit enough/strong enough.
- I’m not attractive.
- My body always hurts.
- I’ll never be pain free.
- I hate my skin.
- I’ve got too much cellulite.
- I hate my stretch marks.
- I’ve always got ‘something’ happening to my body.
- What’s going to fall apart next?
- I’m falling apart.
- I’m getting old.
- I’m getting wrinkly.
I could go on and on but you get my point. These thoughts and words that we tell ourselves (often multiple times an hour) are doing damage to us. Damaging our self-esteem but also keeping our bodies focussed on the negative, how are we ever going to change when we hear these negative things all time time?
If we want to make POSITIVE changes to our bodies so that they are healthy & well, we need to speak positive words to ourselves too. I am writing this post as the inaugural 30 Day Real Food Wellness Challenge starts and many people are wanting to make positive changes to the way they eat and consequently feel. To get the most benefit from these physical changes we need to also make mental changes too. Whether you are taking part in the challenge or not, I’d challenge you to write a positive list of wellness statements that you can speak over yourself. They don’t need to be true immediately, but true for what you’d like to see. They are really a statement of faith for what is to come but isn’t quite there yet! Let’s all be amazed and the power of the positive. It’s even more powerful if you actually say them out loud. If you are inclined to pray you could pray these affirmations too.
These need to be your personal affirmations, not a copy of mine or anyone elses but they might look something like this:
- Everyday I make choices that support wellness.
- I am well.
- I am full of energy and vitality.
- I move my body as best I can each day.
- I love and accept myself how I am today.
- I am well nourished.
- I am always hydrated.
- My joints are pain free.
- I move easily, well and without pain.
- My skin is glowing.
- I feel terrific.
- I eat food that makes me flourish.
- I fill my mind with positive thoughts.
It can feel a little trite but it does help! I haven’t done it much for a while, so during the 30 day challenge I will be making an effort to speak my affirmations over my body!
Another way to help get the affirmations into you it to try ‘tapping’ (also called Emotional Freedom Technique/EFT). Google it. I’ve tried it in the past without really ‘enjoying’ it or seeing much benefit but started again recently and have really enjoyed ‘tapping’ along to some of the YouTube clips out there especially from Brad Yates. Here is a link to some general info about tapping and here is another good link. I know it seems like ‘oodgy woodgy’ (that’s Leigh’s terminology for a bit strange/not too sure/but it seems to work) but plenty of people swear by it and as it’s again about clearing the negative and inserting the positive, it’s worth giving it a go!
Here are a couple of YouTube clips you can ‘tap along to’…. go on, give it a go! Annabel x