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Last Updated on December 4, 2020

20 Health Affirmations to Stay Fit Physically and Mentally

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20 Health Affirmations to Stay Fit Physically and Mentally

To understand how to use health affirmations, you have to have a clear understanding of what they are.

Affirmations are simple and concise positive sentences that are written and said in the present tense. They are meant to dispel any negative thought loops that may creep into your mind. Therefore, they’re creating new thinking patterns that gravitate toward positivity, inspiration, and motivation.

What Are Health Affirmations?

Health affirmations, in particular, are simply affirmations centered around your health: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. You can imagine how this can be an incredible game-changer when we think about our health regimen.

We are often too hard on ourselves and lose steam when we’re working out or hitting a plateau on our weight loss journey. Implementing affirmations steers us away from digging ourselves deeper into the negative “rabbit hole.”

It alters the direction of our mind into a more positive mental state, which helps us deal with depression, anxiety, and other mental health illnesses.

The Science Behind Health Affirmations

Affirmations have a long-standing in the psychology field. A renowned U.S. psychologist Claude Steele coined the term Self-Affirmation Theory that empowers our understanding of affirmations today.[1]

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Steele’s theory claims that everyone is motivated to uphold some view of themselves, be it as moral, competent, strong, and/or capable human beings. This self-affirmation enables us to essentially maintain our drive to be happy, healthy, and better people.

When external circumstances arise that challenge this view, we fall into what Steele calls “psychological discomfort.”[2] We can think of this today as depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. They all stem from this imbalance of how we self-affirm who we are.

Steele also argued that the self-affirmation theory is not about creating a sense of perfection of who we are. It’s about nurturing the things we’re passionate about and where we find value, and exercising a sense of flexibility and deeper understanding in those areas.[3]

Benefits of Using Health Affirmations

As I previously mentioned, words carry energy and power. Like anything worth pursuing, however, affirmations still require practice.

You will get the most benefit out of them if you practice them consistently. For some, this is an everyday ritual. For others, it’s on an “as needed” basis, when they feel like they need an energetic “pick-me-up.”

The health benefits vary greatly; health affirmations have been known to reduce health-related stress. This is because we’re changing the mental mindset.

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If we can introduce powerful and positive statements to the way we think, that will create a ripple throughout the body. In turn, the physical body can only prosper and thrive.

Think of the body as one seamless machine that can only operate efficiently if all of the parts are working together. When the mind is in a positive place, the body follows, and vice versa.

How to Use Health Affirmations for Your Physical and Mental Health

Health affirmations serve best when said out loud, in the present tense, and with positivity.

Some people like to say them before they meditate or while meditating to help anchor their thoughts into their mindfulness. Others like to say them while working out or when they feel challenged in an exercise regiment.

The affirmations help guide them back to their center and to why this regiment matters in the first place. It’s a powerful shift in perspective!

Another empowering and healing way to use health affirmations is by stating them to yourself in front of a mirror. By seeing yourself and meeting your own gaze, your affirmations are intensified.

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Imagine that you are sending yourself these words and that the energy of them are cleansing, healing, and supporting you. If you’re starting this practice for the first time, it may feel awkward, forced, and inauthentic. Keep going and saying them, anyway!

Decades of poor mental self-talk is not something that can be reversed overnight. By continuing your practice with health affirmations, you are not just re-building the way you self-affirm who you are, you are also learning how to be deserving of who you are. Be kind and gentle with yourself.

Below is a list of powerful health affirmations that you can choose from, for your physical and mental health:

  1. I am happy, healthy, safe, and free.
  2. I trust my own wisdom.
  3. I listen to my intuition; it always steers me right.
  4. I believe in myself.
  5. My body is healthy and thriving.
  6. I am strong and capable of great things.
  7. I am loved and supported.
  8. I am exactly where I need to be.
  9. I choose to be happy.
  10. I fully accept and love myself.
  11. I am resilient, strong, and brave.
  12. I am doing my best, and my best is enough.
  13. When I fall, I am motivated to get back up.
  14. I am brave and not afraid to keep going.
  15. I am safe and protected.
  16. This, too, shall pass.
  17. I am the sky, not the clouds.
  18. I love you (do this one as you gaze at yourself in the mirror).
  19. I am beautiful.
  20. I am on a journey, ever-growing and developing.

There are many sources from where you can gather more affirmations. Mindfulness experts such as Louise Hay have a page on their website dedicated solely to affirmations that are designed for you to pull every day.[4]

There are also phone applications, such as Think Up and Kwippy, that offer a randomized pop-up of affirmations daily.

No matter where you find your affirmations, the magic is in how they make you feel. Over time, these words will become powerful bursts of energy that you’ll feel in every area of your body. If that doesn’t happen right away, don’t allow it to discourage you. After all, it’s still a practice.

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Lastly, affirmations truly thrive when you can come up with them yourself. If you can create a short sentence on your own, you’re closer to its healing since it’s coming directly from the source: you!

Final Thoughts

Health affirmations are short and concise sentences that are said out loud, in the present tense, and a state of positivity. Not only does this practice shift the way we think, but it also ripples through to the physical body, creating everlasting change for our optimal health.

It may sound too good to be true that simple words can have such an effect, but our mind is a vast network of spectacular possibilities. If we can change the way we think with the words we choose to use, our entire idea of health can radically change.

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Featured photo credit: Denys Nevozhai via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Positive Psychology: Positive Daily Affirmations: Is There Science Behind it?
[2] The American Psychological Association: Self-Affirmation Theory
[3] Positive Psychology: Positive Daily Affirmations: Is There Science Behind It?
[4] Louise Hay: Affirmations

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Last Updated on December 2, 2021

The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

  1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
  2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
  3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
  4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
  5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

Now on to the checklist!

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Here is how your checklist should look

1. CAMPSITE GEAR

  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Extra tarp or canopy
  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Sleeping pad for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries

2.  KITCHEN

  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Pot
  • French press or portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
  • Food-storage containers
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Paper towels
  • Extra bin for washing dishes

3. CLOTHES

  • Clothes for daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rainwear
  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats

4. PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Soap

5. OTHER ITEMS

  • Camera
  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
  • Maps, area information

This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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