Feature Articles: Body Image
Plant Seeds of Positive Thoughts
Linda Rellergert, Nutrition Specialist in St.
In a recent column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
psychologist Doris Wild Helmering wrote about using affirmations
to help change attitudes. She wrote, “Most of us understand that
to be a good athlete, you have to work hard to get your body to
do what you want it to do. . . .it also takes a lot of practice
to control our thoughts, to still our mind. But once you learn
to control your thoughts, instead of allowing your thoughts to
control you, you’ll lead a more creative and satisfying life.”
One way to control your thoughts, Helmering writes, is to
repeat an affirmation to yourself over and over. Listed below
are some affirmations related to acceptance and respect for
self. Try using them to help recognize your self-worth and
beauty. You might want to copy them onto index cards or sticky
notes and post where you will read them often throughout the
day. Put up new ones or move these about from time to time to
keep them fresh and meaningful.
- I am a worthwhile and lovable person.
- My smile is warm and comforting to others.
- Life isn’t motivated by fear.
- I have the right to all my feelings.
- There are no bad feelings.
- I have the right to make mistakes.
- I have the right to change and grow.
- I can be angry with someone I love.
- I can take care of myself, no matter where I am.
- I do have the right to please myself.
- There is nobody in this world like me.
- I am unique and very special.
- I enjoy being myself.
- I am sufficient.
- I accept being human.
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009