Use Targeted Affirmations To Cure Anxiety
There are seven elements necessary to write targeted affirmations to cure anxiety. Some of those elements are clearing your limiting beliefs and reconstructing the story you tell yourself. Discover what the elements are and how to craft affirmations to cure your anxiety.
Required Elements of Affirmations To Cure Anxiety
1. It must clear the limiting beliefs stored in chakras. Limiting beliefs are stored in energy centers in our body called chakras (Color Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders). Limiting beliefs are beliefs that we have because of our experience that block us from our full potential. Fears and anxieties all come from limiting beliefs, such as "You are guilty," or "You are vulnerable," or "You can't be alone," etc. These block positive ways of thinking about ourselves and the world. And can block affirmations. They need to be cleared. Which leads us to number two.
2. The story of our fears and anxieties need to be deconstructed. Knowing where the fear comes from and how it is sustained often helps us decide it is ridiculous, or that it is not helpful. This is a great first step to moving away from it. Also, pull together evidence of what you have, your skills and knowledge, as well as what you can control.
3. Affirmations need to be targeted. When they are specific, "It is possible I can forgive myself for______," or "I might be able to handle it since I did it before," they are much more powerful. When they are general: "I love life," you may not see a specific change.
4. Look in the mirror for added benefits. Looking in the mirror is an ancient tradition of Tratak. (You can also look into a candle, a mandala, or someone else's eyes.) If you stare into your own eyes in the mirror, with or without a affirmation, you build trust in yourself. This will counter all anxiety since trust is the opposite of anxiety.
5. Avoid judging. If you are down on yourself, you may see your failures everywhere. Ease up, healing can take a while. You are perfectly where you are supposed to be. Stop judging first and foremost, it makes every problem ten times worse. So many people think they failed when the story isn't over yet. Are you still alive? It is not over. At the very least, something else is possible. Start there.
6. Fake it until you make it. This works if only if you don't use it against yourself. Sometimes the isolation of thinking no one knows or that you can't be yourself can be depressing in and of itself. But only if you choose it. Don't make too large of a gap between what you currently believe and your affirmations. (i.e. From "I am a failure" to "I am great at everything" is a big gap.) Start close to what you believe changing slightly, (i.e. From "I am a failure" to "There has been some success in my life.") You KNOW there have been some good things, but right now they might not mean much, this is where you fake it until you make it. Try to make them mean more .
7. Have faith. Believing affirmations will work helps them work better (Affirmations: Do They Work For Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem?).
See My Heal Now And Forever Blog For More:
- How To Write An Affirmation That Works where I tell why sometimes affirmations don't work and how you can tweak something small and shift everything.
- Positive, Present Tense, Repetition, and High Emotion touts the ways our brain takes in and stores information. Knowing this allows us to purposely change how we remember an event or how we think of ourselves. For example, something could be anxiety provoking or can leave you feeling proud of your courage depending how you look at it.
What did I forget? What else is important to using affirmations to cure anxiety?
Lobozzo, J. (2013, June 19). Use Targeted Affirmations To Cure Anxiety, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, March 4 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2013/06/using-affirmations-to-cure-anxiety
Author: Jodi Lobozzo Aman, LCSW-R
I've had experience with affirmations and visualizations (which are similar, but which use images rather than words). I wrote about one particularly strong experience I had, during a difficult time, using a religious-oriented affirmation: http://rabbielimallon.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/6-15-11-a-meditation-at-wave-hill/
My point, though, was to give an example of the power of repeating the words themselves, not to specify what specific words anyone should use.
Eli, thank you for sharing your insight and your link. You are correct in that visualizations, like their cousin affirmations, are very effective in decreasing anxiety. You're right, too, that the words and images should be meaningful for the individual. It's what we find meaning in that increases the effectiveness of this approach.
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I love this series on affirmations! They can and do "re-wire" the brain. An affirmation that I use often is "I CANNOT fail, it is all learning."
Great way to have a new understanding of disappointment!
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Fabulous list Jodi -- the one I add is -- Always begin again. -- when you find youself on the path to negative thinking or listing your limiting beliefs, be gentle with yourself, breathe and always begin again.
and I think I forgot to write back -- the answer's yes! Love the idea -- I'll email you later. :)
Perfect addition! And I look forward to your email! xo