What we say to ourselves is so much more important than what others say TO us. It is what WE chose to say to ourselves that makes up what we believe about ourselves. This is why I decided to write about the power of using positive affirmations. I am a firm believer that positive thoughts generate positive feelings. When I tell myself positives about myself, I am uplifting myself and in turn making myself a better person. I CHOOSE to believe the words I tell myself. I CHOOSE to accept these affirmations as truths. I CHOOSE to see myself through better eyes. I give myself permission to LOVE myself.
When anxiety hits me full force, I find myself talking myself through each anxious filled situation. I am constantly telling myself that it will pass, I will be okay, God has got me in his hands, I am going to make it through this, etc. I converse with myself and conversationally pray all the time. I take ownership of how I process what I am feeling. I may not be in control of actually having anxiety, but I am in control of how I handle it. What I chose to tell myself during these moments is extremely important.
Instead of combating my anxiety with positives, what if I instead decided to say that I will not make it through this, I am all alone, it will not be okay, no one else understands, etc.? I will tell you the answer. I would be allowing myself to stay stuck in that terrible anxious filled state. I would not be in a position to like myself. If we feel bad about ourselves then we allow negativity to run our lives. For the anxious person, negative thoughts makes anxiety even worse.
A positive mind will give you a positive life, even through the worst of situations. I look at my anxiety as a difficult road that I am traveling. Just when I feel like it is smooth sailing going 60 MPH straight towards my destination, boom, I hit a pot hole. I decided long ago that instead of allowing myself to be lead down this ever changing road, I would instead chose to take control and lead myself along the road. I take the time to pack all the equipment I need to make it to the end of the road, and I plan how to manage the bumps in the road ahead of time. It may not always be an easy travel, but it always tends to lead me to each of my destinations with a more grateful heart.
For the road, I pack a piece of equipment that is always with me, my mind. I shape my mind with positive words and beliefs. On this journey of living my life with anxiety, I choose to be happy and positive regardless of how difficult life may become. I want to share with you how I have learned to love, accept, and enjoy myself in spite of my anxiety. I wrote down 40 positive affirmations that I use to remind myself of how amazing, blessed, loved, and helpful I truly am.
40 Affirmations for the Anxious Mind:
I challenge you to tell yourself these things too, or better yet make your own list of affirmations that you can say to yourself. Remember, you are who you THINK you are.
Until next week,
Hey all you awesome people reading my blog. I'm Ginger and this blog chronicles how I live my life fabulously with anxiety.