In positive psychology, mantras and affirmations are used as little reminders for the body and mind. The literal definition of mantra is “set free the mind”. A dictionary definition for mantra is “instrument of thought”.
Mantras and affirmations help us focus and stay mindful in the present.
They are statements that are designed to create self-change and serve as inspiration. They can also serve to focus attention on goals throughout the day, which, in and of itself, has the power to promote positive and lasting self-change.
Heartfelt Benefits of Affirmations:
- Encourage you to stay strong, present and in control
- Provide instant coping strategies to safely and successfully manage extreme feelings
- Transcend moments of stress, fatigue and anguish
- Summon compassion, encouragement, forgiveness and composure towards yourself
- Creates a way to reframe any situation, especially around your body and food
- Soothes and clears your mind during various times and situations throughout a busy day
Heartfelt Affirmations to Bring Into Practice:
- “I will treat myself to love”
- “There’s nothing as soothing as an exhalation” (an instant reminder to breathe regularly, and take deep breaths, calming the nervous system)
- “I do not need to be perfect and am loveable no matter my size or shape”
- “Today I begin anew” (this sets a reminder to stay present in the moment. It’s not about what you ate or what happened yesterday. It is about the now)
- “Food has no label of good or bad. In moderation, all foods can serve a purpose to nourish my mind and body”
- “If I am hyper focused on food, what I am avoiding thinking about”
- “My body will find its own normal healthy weight, if I eat mindfully balanced meals and snacks”
- “Too much or too little of food can numb my feelings and limit my ability to be alive and balanced”
- “If I feed my brain appropriately, I will be able to think clearly and function optimally at school, work, social situations, etc”
- “I will no longer allow fear to have control of my life”
- “I honour the unique individual that I am”
- “I am thankful for my body and the abilities that it does for me”
- “I like ____ about myself” (insert compliment about yourself)
- “My body is an instrument, not an ornament”
- “The size of my jeans does not dictate my happiness”
- “Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of the body”
- “The images I see in the media are not real”
- “I don’t need to compare myself to other in order to feel good about myself”
- “My body needs carbohydrates, fats and proteins to optimally function. I will give my body what it needs to function while honouring my hunger and fullness”
- “There is more to life than fighting with my body”
Jacqueline Jones, founder of Heartfelt, is a passionate, relatable, high-spirited and altruistic Holistic Nutritionist and Counsellor. She is boldly forging the way our society approaches food, body image and the way we influence ourselves and each other. She is an accomplished writer, speaker, expert, teacher and counsellor.