Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.
Self-affirmation has been shown to have powerful effects – research suggests that it can minimise the anxiety, stress, and defensiveness associated with threats to our sense of self, while keeping us open to the idea that there is room for improvement.
How to write your own affirmations:
- Start with the words “I am.” These are the two most powerful words in the English language.
- Use the present tense.
- State it in the positive. Affirm what you want, not what you don’t want.
- Keep it brief.
- Make it specific.
- Include an action word ending with –ing.
- Include at least one dynamic emotion or feeling word.
- Make affirmations for yourself, not others.
Examples of positive affirmations:
- I know, accept and am true to myself.
- I believe in, trust and have confidence in myself.
- I eat well, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest to enjoy good health.
- I learn from my mistakes.
- I know I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
- I forgive myself for not being perfect because I know I’m human.
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