(The science behind Mirror Affirmations)
‘I could never do that,’
‘I’m not all that creative,’
‘Tried that once, it didn’t work,’
‘I just don’t get tech,’
‘I don’t have a head for languages.’
I challenge anyone to tell me that they’ve never said at least one of these to themselves at some point in their life. How about you? So here’s a little test for you.
Tell me, what irrefutable evidence you have that this is true? What are the consequences of believing this?
You hate Mondays. On Sunday night you get this icky feeling in the pit of your stomach that it’s back to the grind stone tomorrow. Every time the alarm clock goes off on Monday you groan ‘Ah shit,’ before your head is off the pillow. All the way to work you’re thinking of the five day drag ahead. All because, well, Mondays suck.
These are commonly known as ‘Mistaken Beliefs’. They are ideas we’ve been brought up to believe from family, friends, peers, colleagues and are mostly based on very little or no evidence. It’s a script our brain has been taught to recite every time we are faced with the corresponding situation, regardless of the fact that no one on the planet is able to predict the future.
What if I told you that you can reprogram your brain?
That’s right, ya can. Through positive daily affirmations. Counter statements that create new neurological pathways to strengthen a new belief (in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, don’t ya know) and weaken the old one. Those brainy people in white coats have performed scientific studies that show:
They may help us to perceive otherwise “threatening” messages with less resistance, including interventions (Logel & Cohen, 2012);
They can make us less likely to dismiss harmful health messages, responding instead with the intention to change for the better (Harris et al., 2007) and to eat more fruit and vegetables (Epton & Harris, 2008);
They have been linked positively to academic achievement by mitigating GPA decline in students who feel left out at college (Layous et al., 2017); Self-affirmation has been demonstrated to lower stress and rumination (Koole et al., 1999; Weisenfeld et al., 2001).
Okay okay! I get it, the science people say it’s true! Now tell me what to do about it!
Easy pease. As with everything, some intense personal reflection is needed to identify exactly the mistaken beliefs you have. Then, write a counter statement to this belief. And recite it, every day.
That’s really all there is to it.
That’s not all I can help you practice:
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Stop resisting the woo, release your inner woo. Woo knows you want it. This beautiful Udemy course encourages you to make the changes that you need to make, or renew the things you used to do but gradually forgot and got lazy about.
The course has several sections, one that talks about sleep hygiene, and how you can improve it. It’s a pretty course, in my kind of way, and its special because it doesn’t drive anything ‘down your throat’ – but rather gives you an ‘absolute beginners introduction’ to wellness practices and says ‘Hey, just try it for thirty days.’
It’s not just a course:
What makes this course unique, is that, as with all her courses, Sammy Dee has made a vast array of matching accessories to go with curriculum:
- A free Trello template
- Several free printable downloads
- A beautiful 30-day workbook
- Several curated YouTube playlists
– just everything you might need to win at wellness!
In terms of the latest ‘trending’ word, ‘wellness’ has really had the last ounce of shit kicked out of it hasn’t it. It’s a tired old thing being kicked to the kerb and the next internet buzzword has already happened (p.s. it’s ‘MANIFEST’ with a scattering of curse words).
This doesn’t make your health any less important. Buzzwords aside, you’ve got to sleep well, you’ve got to feel okay about yourself, and you’ve got to be decent at Adulting. if you’ve ever gone to work on three hours sleep you’ll know what I’m getting at!
The Online Course for Wellness
‘A New Dawn’ will give you a beginners introduction to:
- Journaling for Wellness
- The importance of having a daily routine
- Sleep Hygiene
- The different types of meditative states
- Why the affirmation videos on YouTube are crap
- Why visualizations work (the human brain is stupid)
- Why meditation works (and why it’s not all incense and beanbags)
- Pain Management (and how to calm the ‘oh shit it hurts’ brain)
- Ho’oponopono (forgive yourself and free up more brain space)
You choose what you want to try for thirty days, then use the freebies to help you along the way.
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Well, you have to do that.
Samantha is a well-liked Life Coach, specializing in self-esteem and body image with qualifications in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Skilled Helping. She speaks on several panels around the internet in this regard.
Samantha Dee is the Author of ‘My Big Fat…Fat’ and ‘The Thirty Day Wellness Journal’. Her next book, ‘My Big Fat…Kitchen’ is due out soon.