Positive affirmations are statements that you use to combat negative thoughts. They can be helpful to remove patterns that may be held in your subconscious that are not helpful to you. You can use positive affirmation in a number of ways they can help to provide you with motivation or to improve your self-esteem.
Positive affirmations are not some new-age idea plucked out of the air but have been used in clinical practice in particular cognitive behaviour therapy as part of treatment to help anxiety and depression and help boost self-esteem. There have been a range of empirical studies which have shown the benefits of daily affirmations which range from:
- helping to decrease stress,
- improve resistance to negative situations to
- actively changing physical behaviour e.g. stopping smoking
With regular practice you can create positive thoughts and make concrete change to how you think and behave. They do need to be practised regularly for you to see the impact and you can do this by saying them out loud several times a day or writing them in the journal.
Positive affirmations are designed to target a specific belief or fear you hold about yourself.
Creating your affirmations:
Decide what you would like to address and create some positive sentences e.g. I am loved, I am skilled, I have the knowledge to achieve my goal
- Write in the present tense.
- Repeat them regularly out loud.
How to succeed with affirmations
- Firstly, you have to want to make this change happen and you are affirming something that you know is true but sometimes you forget and think negatively about the situation.
- Pick three things you wish to affirm.
- Write them down.
- Put them somewhere you will see often
- Repeat regularly
You could choose to do them every morning and every evening or whenever you remember to throughout the day.
Try practising positive affirmations daily for 21 days and see what shifts occur in your life.