My energy has been way below baseline for several weeks now. Even though I’m very good at not giving that kind of a setback a worrying meaning, as usual, I’ve found that my brain chemistry was knocked about and my mood took a serious hit. With the kind of low mood that accompanies a crash, I don’t expect myself to try to look positively at things. Instead, I accept myself with compassion and just make myself as comfortable as possible with pleasant distraction while I wait for it to pass. However, this time, as it dragged on and on, I found my mood dipping even further and I decided I needed to take some action. I knew forcing myself to be positive wasn’t the answer; that’s just a kind of bullying. But I did think that I needed to find some way of paying a bit more attention to positive things without pushing myself to be or feel something I wasn’t. Affirmations seemed to be the answer.
For me affirmations can serve up to 3 purposes. They can be a way of strengthening a neural pathway, a way of paying attention to something I am hoping to attractor a way of giving my biochemistry a command*, letting it know what I expect my body to be working on.
On a day when I wasn’t feeling quite so miserable as I had been, I sat myself down and wrote a list of all the things that I needed to believe in order to feel less miserable, all the things I wanted to attract to me and all the commands my biochemistry needed in order to work towards healing. One of the ways I did this was to think about what life would be like if I wasn’t miserable and feeling stuck. What would I be doing to make life happier and healthier?
I’ve been reading these, every morning when I get up, and last thing at night before I switch my light out. At first I just read them with no pressure or expectation. I wasn’t able to connect to good feelings at the time and I accepted that. Then gradually my mood started to lighten a little and I’m now able to connect with a sense of what it would feel like when I read them, which I believe adds to their power. When I started these affirmations all but my most basic self-care had fallen by the wayside, but now I’ve been able to build back up to all of my supportive self-help routines and I’m once again able to connect with a feeling of joy.
These are just a few of the affirmations that were on that list. Some of these affirmations serve more than one of the above purposes.
- I am loved and cherished and special
- I am overflowing with love for others
- I pay attention how I can share my love
- My heart is filled with joy
- I find beauty and wonder in the little things that are all around me
- I pay attention to how I can share my joy
- I silently wish each person I encounter happiness, joy and laughter
- My body knows health and vitality
- My immune system is healthy and strong
- Each breath I take brings healing and energy
- I have all I need for health and vitality
- My energy flows freely and in balance
- I am safe, relaxed and peaceful
- I enjoy the food that nourishes me
- My energy and well-being increases every day
- My health and vitality support my purpose
- The things that feed my spirit support my purpose
- I am open and receptive to good things happening
- Everything is achieved with ease and flow
*For more about how affirmations can be seen as commands and why they need to be expressed in the present tense see this post.
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