Self-affirmation is defined as an act
demonstrating one’s adequacy. Affirmations are more than success in winning a
race, or getting a promotion. Any action that affirms our core value can act as
How They Work
During anxiety and stress we
experience a threat to who we are- affirmations can help us weather that storm.
Smokers using affirmations are more receptive to information on anti-smoking,
while athletes are more inclined to take responsibility for losses.
The American Psychological
Association reports that affirmations improve self-control.
Affirmations result in increased
self-resources, a broader perspective when viewing events and information, as
well as a detachment of self from the threat, which reduces the impact a threat
has on us. Affirmations remind us of what is important and who we are, and
There are five ways to use affirmations
to improve your life and sense of self.
1. Start & Finish Your Day With Positive Notes
Begin your day with a positive
affirmation, remind yourself that the day is filled with opportunities. Create
an affirmation that will leave you feeling great and set you up to face your
day. Make it part of your morning routine, as your mind is clear from sleep and
ready to be set up for the day.
It’s helpful to repeat this in the
evening as your mind can focus on these goals subconsciously as you sleep. You
can repeat your own affirmations, or record them and listen to them as you fall
asleep. Alternatively, download a app.
2. Control Your Thoughts
When you begin to experience negative
thoughts replace them with a positive affirmation that will cancel out your
original thought(s). Taking control of negative thoughts and replacing them
with a positive stream of consciousness allows you to focus on progress,
improving your sense of self and driving you to succeed.
Gratitude elevates love, compassion,
and hope- which creates the perfect formula for a happy life. Positive energy
manifests more the happier you are. Positive self-talk through affirmations is
life changing. You can do this throughout your day. Believing in the power of
your positive affirmations shifts your awareness and drives you to achieve your
4. Positive Affirmations
Whether you repeat these affirmations
mentally or verbally they will be ingrained into your mind and assist in changing
your thought process. These affirmations will become your reality. If you’re
working on a new goal or idea, repeat the same affirmation multiple times
throughout your day- it will help keep you focused on your goal.
5. Spread Positivity
As humans, it’s easy to get sucked
into a conversation that doesn’t spread positivity. Gossip is negative, and the
only way to end a gossip centered conversation is by ending it with a positive
statement. This is to shift your energy away from negativity and alert people
to the fact that you don’t want to feed into the gossip mill designed to tear
someone else down.
If you need some positive affirmations to get you started, here are some
excellent places to begin:
I am strong and I am capable
I believe in me
I am smart, I am competent,
and I am able
I will learn to love myself
I accept myself
Others respect me because I
I have many good qualities
I surround myself with good
I release negative thoughts
I am positive and I attract