Updated: Jan 31
“Starting this moment. I allow everything to work in my favor with Ease and Grace.”
An “affirmation” is a phrase that you say yourself to “affirm” something you wish or desire. For example: I AM BETTER EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY.
Positive Affirmations are statements that are repeated to encourage and uplift the person. They are almost as easy to define as they are to practice.
Basically, they are enthusiastic phrases or statement used to challenge negative thoughts or energy.
These are such statements, when practiced regularly over time, rewire our thinking pattern to replace potentially self–sabotaging, negative thoughts that usually hold us back.
Practicing positive affirmation can be extremely simple and all you need to do is pick a phrase and repeat it to yourself. It helps at any stage of your journey as they help overcome limitations within your personality. If you frequently find yourself getting caught up in negative self-talk, positive affirmations can be a good solution for you to choose.
Positive Affirmation requires regular practice if you want to make lasting and long-term changes to the way you think and feel. Positive affirmation is based on approved psychological theories.
One of the key psychological theories behind positive affirmations is self-affirmation theory (Steele, 1988). So, yes, there are empirical studies based on the idea that we can maintain our sense of self-integrity by telling ourselves (or affirming) what we believe in positive ways.
Self-integrity relates to our global self-efficacy—our perceived ability to control moral outcomes and respond flexibly when our self-concept is threatened (Cohen & Sherman, 2014). So, we as humans are motivated to protect ourselves from these threats by maintaining our self-integrity.
Positive affirmations have a significant impact on mental health as well as person’s wellbeing. It reduces stress, lead people to increase their physical activity, and is linked positively to academic achievement.
Therefore, Positive affirmations or Mantras are designed to encourage an optimistic mindset. Optimism in itself a forceful word. So, affirmations have been shown to help people living a healthy life, lead your thoughts to influence your mental health in better way and boost your self-esteem.
HOW TO USE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
Affirmations may be used in any situation when you want to see a positive change in your life. There may be occasions when you desire to:
Raise your confidence before presentations or important meetings.
Control negative feelings such as frustration, anger, or impatience.
Improve your self-esteem.
Finish projects you've started.
Improve your productivity.
Overcome a bad habit.
When used in conjunction with other positive thinking and goal-setting techniques, affirmations may be more effective.
Affirmations, for example, work particularly effectively when combined with visualisation. Instead of merely picture the change you want to see, write it down or say it out with a positive affirmation.
Affirmations can also help you develop personal goals. Once you've set your goals, affirmative statements might help you stay motivated to attain them.
EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
Your situation -> Example of your Positive Affirmation
I don’t deserve this -> I am enough. I deserve the best.
I am afraid -> I am strong.
It will never work out -> I can do this.
I’m stressed by everything that’s on my to-do list -> I choose to live in the present moment.
I feel like I must pretend -> I give myself permission to be me.
I feel like a loser -> I am kind to myself.
Everything keeps happening to me. I don’t have a choice. -> I have the power.
I am Kanishka, a Psychology Student from Delhi.
I enjoy reading and passionate about psychology, self help, and spiritual Growth. Looking forward to make career in the said field.
Through my articles , I aim at creating awareness.
I hope to leave an impact and provide value through my work.