By Sarah Wylde

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” William Shakespeare

In the journey to get my mental health back in balance, I have been focusing a lot on reacquainting myself with the power from affirmations. I reread my journals, searched online, am working on a new vision board, and even discovered a new book that has helped and lead me to new affirmation resources. It has also given me plenty of ideas to plan and work with as I move forward.

If you are not familiar with them, you may be wondering what affirmations are. They are words or statements that are repeated out loud or in our minds. It is the language of our brains and the connection our bodies have with our thoughts. Our brains are beautiful and intricate. The affirmations we recite can hold an effect on our subconscious that it can affect how we feel both positively and negatively.

I want to tell you about the book I found. It is called “F-Bomb Affirmations” by Natalie Stokell, which was released on April 20, 2020. What drew me in was how the book was presented. It gave phycological facts mixed with the author’s personal experiences in using affirmations. Reintegrating that if you think and believe something that we are told or tell ourselves, we believe it is factual. At the end of each chapter, there is a “Too long, didn’t read” bullet point explanation of the critical parts. She mentions that adding the “F” word can give the affirmation power and extra energy. I admit I was skeptical about this, but I actually found strength in adding the “F” word to a few of my own.

I loved her example of showing how our mind reacts to thoughts. Natalie gets the reader to picture and think of a lemon. Feel the taste and sourness of the citrus fruit in your mouth. When I read that without even knowing or trying, my taste buds reacted. It was a great read, and if you are curious about affirmations or want more information about them, I would recommend this book.

Here are some of my affirmations that I had written down and have been leaving around my apartment on sticky notes for me to find throughout the day.

I am the Universe

I am creative

I am safe

I am at peace

I am worthy of love

I am grateful

I am loved

I am allowed

I want to leave you with one of the sentences that stayed with me from Natalie’s book, “Language is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal.”

Until next time, stay safe and take care of yourselves.

Sarah Wylde

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