Meditation Basics
Stress management


Positive affirmations
Jacqueline Young

Many people believe the use of positive statements can 'programme' the conscious and subconscious mind to help keep the body healthy.

How do they work?

It's not known exactly how affirmations work, but they're thought to influence certain parts of the brain, which in turn affect the nervous system and different body functions.

How to do them

Select an area of your health you'd like to improve, then create a short, positive statement that embodies the benefit you hope to see. For example:

  • "I'm healthy, well and happy."
  • "My digestive system is strong and works well."
  • "I have a healthy heart and my circulation's good."
  • "I'm willing to exercise daily to improve my health."
  • "I love my internal organs; they all function well."

You can then use one or more of the following techniques to strengthen the affirmation:

  • Write the statement down on a piece of paper, saying it aloud as you do so. Repeat this 15 times a day.
  • Write the statement on sticky notes and place them around your room or home. Every time one catches your eye, repeat the statement out loud.
  • Stand in front of a mirror and repeat the statement five times while looking yourself in the eyes. Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Mentally repeat the statement, imagining the volume is becoming louder and louder.
  • If any negative or counter-statements come into your mind (such as "I'm not healthy," "My digestion is awful," "My heart is weak," "I'm not well") deal with them immediately. Mentally say "Stop!" and replace the thought with the new affirmation, repeating it mentally or verbally or writing it down.
  • Repeat the statement first thing on waking and last thing before going to sleep. Sleep with the statement under your pillow.
  • Believe in the statement and wait for results to manifest.