First of all, thank you so much to the lovely Ray for giving me the amazing opportunity to post on her blog! I have been reading Ray’s blog since I first started my mental health, beauty, and lifestyle blog over at GirlVsWorld, so it’s an honour to be able to share a guest post with you guys—her lovely readers!
Today I’m going to be talking about the law of attraction and manifestation; how manifesting your own happiness and success can significantly improve your mental health.
How To Use The Law Of Attraction And Manifestation To Improve Your Mental Health
- How I discovered the law of attraction and manifestation
- The science behind the law of attraction
- Using law of attraction affirmations to improve your mental health
How I discovered the law of attraction and manifestation
I have been interested in the law of attraction and manifestation for around 2 years now. I first heard about it on Twitter and Instagram, as the blogging community had started discussing it and writing blog posts about it. And since I was going through quite a dark time with my mental health, I decided I may as well try manifestation out.
I don’t know if it’s just me being pessimistic, but I’ve always found mindfulness and things like that to be super cliché and not particularly helpful. However, I was at a loss and decided I’d try once more to just “think positively.”
The science behind the law of attraction
Essentially, the law of attraction conveys that we attract to ourselves whatever we put out into the universe. If we put good thoughts into the universe, good things will come back to us. Sounds kinda simple, right?
Well, there’s actually a scientific theory behind this manifestation practice! Without making it too complicated, some scientific theorists believe that human beings have mirror neurons that cause us to mirror the behaviour of the person we observe.
For example, some scientists conducted a study and found that if someone we are watching smiles, our brain conducts the same pattern of brain activity as if we were smiling too. Pretty fascinating, right?
An example of this you may personally resonate with is when a speeding car goes past us—often our brains send us an adrenaline signal that causes us to feel as if we are the ones in the speeding car.
This is all well and good when talking about speeding cars, but you may be wondering ‘what does this have to do with the law of attraction?’ Well, it links perfectly to manifestation and the law of attraction actually!
A collection of brain cells called ‘Amygdala’ lights up when we see fearful faces, as if we are personally feeling the fear ourselves. This conveys how fear in other people often registers as fear within us—this is essentially known as our ‘gut-feeling’ as humans.
This portrays that whilst our brains mirror the actions of other people, it also mirrors emotions. Thus, if we put happiness and positivity out into the world, it will be mirrored back to us.
I don’t know if I’m just a saddo, but I find the scientific theory behind the law of attraction and manifestation so incredibly fascinating?
How to practice manifestation and the law of attraction
It is important to acknowledge that manifestation is more than just ‘thinking positively.’ You must try to think positive, optimistic thoughts, yes, but you also have to start putting those thoughts into practice and actively changing your mindset.
For example, the first step to manifesting your own happiness is thinking positive thoughts such as ‘I am worthy of happiness,’ but you have to tell yourself that until you genuinely start to believe it. The universe knows if you’re faking it, trust me.
If you continue life telling yourself you don’t deserve happiness and you’ll never feel content with life, then that belief system will unfortunately become reality. Your thoughts affect your behaviour/actions and your behaviour determines what happens to you and how people treat you.
If you think you’re not worthy of happiness, you will feel low. If you feel low, you won’t have any happiness and positivity to put out into the world, so how can the universe give you happiness and positivity back?
An example of this is when you surround yourself with negative people, their negative vibes eventually project onto you, and you start to feel down and negative too. This is the same with the universe. If you put out negative energy into the world, you will attract negative energy back. Simple as that.
Of course, the law of attraction and manifestation isn’t as simple as a lot of people make out; especially for people with diagnosed mental health issues. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to ensure you start small with simple, starter affirmations and eventually work your way up to telling yourself you are worthy of happiness and really believing it.
Telling yourself to be happy and immediately having sound mental health isn’t going to be the case; you have to work hard at it consistently, everyday.
Using the law of attraction to improve your mental health
Affirmations are essentially things you can tell yourself daily to convince your brain that you believe it, until you eventually do. For example: ‘I deserve happiness.’
Another way of looking at it is thinking and/or saying ‘I am happy’ instead of ‘I want to be happy.’ As many people believe this puts yourself straight into the happy mindset you deserve rather than wishing to be there.
Affirmations are incredibly powerful and have completely changed many people’s lives, including my own. I used to be an extremely pessimistic, negative person who constantly wanted happiness but didn’t really believe I deserved it.
I kept doing things to sabotage my own happiness and mental health and well-being as I felt down about myself and, therefore, was projecting my own negative energy into the world (which, of course, meant negative energy was being given right back to me, and I got stuck in a horrible cycle!)
I tend to use positive law of attraction affirmations when I notice a negative thought coming into my head and I want to challenge it with a positive thought. This is a great way of gradually training your brain to turn negative thoughts into positive ones, eventually leading you to put more positive energy out into the world and get more positivity back to you.
How to fight negative thoughts and anxiety with affirmations and manifestation
One of my top tips would be to identify the most prevalent negative thoughts you have and write down 5 affirmations that tackle that negative thought and turn it into a positive one.
For example, if you often think ‘I am annoying, I talk too much’, change it to ‘I talk a lot as I have interesting things to say and am a passionate, bubbly person.’
Once you have 5 different positive affirmations, say them to yourself each morning and night like clockwork. It will eventually become a habit and you will do it naturally until your brain eventually believes the positive thought and adapts to this new positive way of thinking and living, using manifestation and the law of attraction.
Another top tip I have (one of my absolute favourite aspects of LOA and manifestation) is to regularly visualise your goals and imagine yourself achieving them.
For example, if one of your main goals is to be able to go for a walk outside on your own without having a panic attack (I spoke about my own difficulties and experiences with anxiety in A Day in the Life With Social Anxiety Disorder) then you can visualise yourself going on a nice tranquil walk alone listening to the lovely sound of the birds chirping and the tall, beautiful trees blowing in the wind.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not saying in any way that positive thinking is going to cure your anxiety disorder. However, I am saying that taking these small steps to improving your mindset and challenging your negative, anxious beliefs and thoughts can sometimes be the first step towards recovering and regaining your life back.
The more you envision yourself on a lovely, safe walk on your own, the less scary it will seem, until eventually you may be able to go for a short walk alone round the block. TOP TIP: Take earphones with you and ply your favourite song—trust me, it can often make it so much less scary and more fun!
So, there’s my top tips on how to use the law of attraction and manifestation to improve your own mental health and help yourself think more positively in life.
Remember: if you put positive energy into the world, you will get positive energy back. Too often we as humans get stuck in a negative cycle of putting bad energy out into the world and, unfortunately, getting bad energy back. It can be extremely hard to break this seemingly never-ending cycle, but trust me it is possible if you put the work in.
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Do you practice the law of attraction and manifestation too? If so, how did it help you? If you haven’t tried this before, do you feel like it is something you would like to try now? Share in the comments!