NICOLA RAE-WICKHAM, FOUNDER OF ‘A LIFE MORE INSPIRED’, GIVES HER TIPS ON HOW TO USE AFFIRMATIONS EVERYDAY…
I love me an affirmation. A small yet mighty act we can all make to help us feel better. As well as create a new narrative and rewrite the stories that don’t serve us.
There are lots of ways to incorporate affirmations into your day. And therein lies the key, affirmations need to be part of your everyday. It’s not a case of just picking an affirmation or mantra, saying it once and boom the magic happens. If we want to turn that inner critic around then we need to drown it out. This starts by repeating the affirmation and, whether using affirmation cards or writing it down, putting it in places you will see it often.
Here are 10 ways to use affirmations everyday…
1. ON THE BATHROOM MIRROR
The energy around saying an affirmation to your reflection is like nothing else. It lends itself to mirror work, which is one of the best ways to work on self-love.
2. IN YOUR CAR
Peripheral vision is when you are looking at the point ahead of you but you are also aware of what is going on above and to the side of you. When driving we have to employ those skills in being able to see others on the road. This is a really good state to be in when learning, as we have access to our unconscious mind. This is exciting because it is in our unconscious mind where the real behaviour change takes place. So in short, reading a card before you set off on your journey and having it in your car is doing you a world of good.
3. AT YOUR DESK
As you are getting on with your work day keeping a card by your side acts as a wonderful reminder during the challenges your are dealt.
4. ON THE FRIDGE
If you are anything like me, its another place that you visit multiple times a day. If you tend to comfort eat, reading an affirmation before you open the fridge door can help you to be more mindful about your decisions.
5. JOURNAL ON IT
Journaling is my jam. Honestly, I will never stop saying this. There is something magically powerful about writing. So write that shit down…over and over again. Write out the affirmation. Write out what comes up for you. Write out how it feels or would feel to be in this state of mind. Did you get the memo… write it out.
6. MEDITATE ON IT
Simply sit and get quiet with your affirmation in mind. Take 5 minutes in a quiet place, hold the affirmation in mind and take long deep breaths, can you visualise the affirmation? What does it look and feel like?
7. TALK ABOUT IT
Now this one is based upon having people close to you that you can have those open, honest and vulnerable conversations with. Being able to articulate your affirmations and say them out loud has huge benefits. Explore what your chosen affirmation means to you, share ideas and share openly.
8. MORNING + NIGHT
Have one on your bedside table so that its the last thing you see at night and first thing in the morning. I am a big believer that the way we start and end our day has a massive impact on the way we feel and therefore show up. Whether it is an alarm or a small child waking you up, taking 2 seconds to read an affirmation will fuel up your inner cheerleader for the day ahead.
9. KEEP ONE IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG
No matter what your relationship with make-up is, reading an affirmation as you put on your make-up is a chance for you to recognise your beauty with or without it, inside and out.
10. GET YOURSELF SOME MALA BEADS
Mala beads make the repetition simple and doable. During the spaces of the day use your beads to repeat an affirmation, on a good day that means you’ll be repeating it 108 times!
Nicola is a Certified NLP Coach living in London, with a sassy 4 year old for a boss. She helps creative women to cut the crap and remove the blocks so that they can get on with putting their work out into the world and changing their lives, and other people’s lives in the process. She is on a mission to rewrite the stories that we have adopted or been assigned. The ones that hold us back. With A Life More Inspired she helps you change them through beautiful products, tools and techniques – as well as through her Dream Do Club and private coaching sessions.