Positive affirmations are very big in the self-improvement world. The theory is that by repeating positive statements to yourself every day, you can undo the years of negative thinking. So for example, if you're broke, instead of saying to yourself, "I'm broke, I'm rubbish with money, how am I going to pay the bills?", you repeat to yourself "Money comes to me easily and effortlessly" or "My life is full of abundance". It sounds nuts but experts argue that eventually you start to believe these statements, which makes you feel better, which in turn makes you behave differently. You're more likely to feel confident and positive enough to tackle your problems. Positive affirmations should always be in the present tense and related to something you're worrying about now. So, when I'm hit with writers' block, I go for a walk repeating: "Writing's easy, writing flows…" If weight is your issue, you might try: "I love eating healthy food which is why I'm at my dream weight." So, your task for the week: Go for a 10-minute walk repeating positive affirmations to yourself every day. It feels silly at first but really helps, I promise.
n Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net