Affirmations for Recovery
Are affirmations for recovery a bunch of BS?
Early on, I didn’t take AFFIRMATIONS or mantras for recovery seriously. One reason is that inpatient treatment taught it as “fake it until you make it.” And I hated that!
The eating disorder was telling me lies and that an eating disorder mantra could never work.
Later, when I created my own recovery plan, I said affirmations with the intention of what I knew could be possible and true.
Saying these truths over and over again sent a clear message to my brain that recovery was important. Soon the affirmations didn’t feel far fetched. They actually felt possible.
What messages are you sending to your brain?
For example, if you’ve been pregnant, you notice pregnant people ALL OVER THE PLACE. Or if you ever thought of buying a Silver 4 Runner and suddenly that’s all you see on the road?
That’s our reticular activating system (RAS). It knows that information is important to you, and looks for messages in the world to validate what you’re already thinking and believe to be true!
Science tells us that the RAS is effective. This is good news! If you send these affirmations for recovery to your brain, you will see a total shift. You must say them often! Read them, write them, shout them!
Choose one or two affirmations that resonate with you. Next, print it out or write it out yourself on index cards or stationary. Writing actually helps you retain the information better! Finally, decide where to put them.
Put them any place you visit often! You want to see them daily. For example, put the affirmations for recovery on your bathroom mirror or next to your bed. In your car.
And then, SAY them aloud. LOUDLY. Sing them, recite them in your head, daily.
Where do you recite them? Anywhere and everywhere!
In the shower
In front of the mirror
While you’re driving
While you’re eating
Before you’re going to bed or as you’re praying
This is important. I don’t believe in the power of positive thinking or fake it til you make it.
However, I do believe that what you consume in the way of media, relationships, or your environment matters. It’s impossible for you to read these affirmations everyday and it not impact you and your recovery.
As you say these over and over again, you will eventually believe them. After all, you are retraining your beliefs. Beliefs turn into convictions which cause you to take action.
After you’ve mastered one affirmation for recovery, try another mantra.
I love myself deeply and completely.
I matter and what I have to offer this world matters.
I’m in charge of my life.
I belong and I am good enough.
I can make good choices that serve me.
I’m open to all possibilities.
I know who I am.
I am beautiful.
I let go of everything that no longer serves me.
I choose to be positive about my future.
Today I choose recovery.
I am lovable.
I follow my heart and listen to my instincts.
I’m complete just the way I am.
I will believe in myself.
I’m a child of God.