Affirmations are everything we say and think. Feeling positive and upbeat when you're dealing with PCOS can be tough sometimes. You may find yourself criticising your looks or perhaps thinking about how unfair it is to have PCOS - it can be easy for the negative thoughts to become a part of our everyday thoughts and speech without even realising. Thinking positively all of the time is, of course, not realistic and being able to experience a range of emotions is normal. Certain negative emotions, such as sadness, can be healthy responses to a situation and putting pressure on yourself to be positive all the time can be unhelpful.
However, one way to challenge negative thoughts is through positive affirmations. The aim of using positive affirmations is to create a positive mindset to attract the things we want into our lives - when you feel good, good things seem to happen!
How do positive affirmations work?
The aim of using positive affirmations is to create a positive mindset to attract the things we want into our lives.
According to a universal rule called the Law of Attraction, you attract experiences to yourself according to your thoughts and feelings. The idea is that when you think and believe positive thoughts you draw positive experiences and opportunities to you. Positive affirmations target the subconscious mind to help encourage us to think and feel certain things about ourselves and our lives.
We've all had 'one of those days' when everything seems to go wrong - you leave something really important on the kitchen counter, get a huge ladder in your tights just before an interview, have an argument with your partner before you leave the house etc. Next time this happens, check in with yourself and what you mindset is - are you thinking negatively or feeling a negative emotion? Try changing your mindset through affirmations and test it out for yourself to see what a difference it makes to how you feel and your experiences.
How can you use positive affirmations?
Positive affirmations are expressed in the present tense and in a positive way: Write and say your affirmations as if they are already happening - this is a key step and can feel a bit silly and uncomfortable because you may well not believe the affirmation yet! However, the idea is to think and feel like you're already experiencing what you want in order to create opportunities and encourage behaviours to make it become a reality.
For example, saying, "I don't want to be overweight" or "I don't want to have PCOS", will not welcome positivity into your life. Instead, turn statements into positive ones in the present tense so they become, "Every day I am getting fitter and healthier" and, "I love my body, I am strong and healthy".
Remember the action part: Don't get too caught up with how the affirmation will become a reality. However, it's important to be mindful that you are also required to take action to work towards your goals. Affirmations start with a thought, then there's the feeling behind it and the next step is action. It's important to be proactive and take action towards achieving your goals.
Repeat affirmations often and with feeling: There's little point in saying your affirmations once a month. They need to be repeated often. Some people find repeating them first thing in the morning works. You could also write them down and stick them somewhere you'll see them. For example, on a mirror and your computer screen at work. Find a way to repeat them often that works for you. Try it for yourself and see what a difference it makes.
- I love and trust my body
- I love and take care of myself
- I am balanced and peaceful
- I am in control of my life
- I am grateful for all new experiences
- I accept where I am right now
- I choose to live happily and peacefully
- I can do anything I put my mind to
- I live a healthy and positive lifestyle