What Positive Affirmations Can Do For You
I have been reading many gratitude and thankful lists on blogs recently. I love this! I think it’s great that people take the time to realize all the wonderful things and moments in their lives. While I think it’s great that so many people are writing these kinds of posts, I would love to suggest to everyone to take the time learn about positive affirmation and decide if writing these would be a beneficial addition.
I keep using positive affirmations as part of my routine because it helps me when things get stressful and this year, so far, has been especially stressful for me. I was in a car accident that totaled my vehicle and left me with injuries. In addition to these events, I have other health issues and I struggle with anxiety nearly daily and I occasionally go through periods of depression. For these reasons alone, I work on being more positive and with the events of this year I needed those affirmations all the more.
I believe positive affirmations are important because studies have shown that being consistently more positive rather than negative is beneficial to our overall health. While a recent study showed that being overly positive does not greatly improve oneself physical and emotional wellbeing, it did show how much of a negative impact negativity has on our wellbeing and how being moderately positive does improve our overall wellbeing.
I guess the point here is that too much of anything is not a good thing. Being too positive is not more beneficial. What’s best, is to work on being consistently positive and prevent the negativity.
Being positive is beneficial to our health, according to Mayo Clinic, by having a positive outlook it enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. When people are feeling stressed the body is harmed by the chemical reactions that occur in the brain and nervous system. People feeling constant stress tend to develop emotional issues like depression and anxiety which creates a cycle of harmful reactions from feeling stressed.
The idea here is that people need to prevent stress in themselves by being more consistently positive rather than negative. This will help them to have a healthier mental health status. They will also have more motivation and determination in their tasks and goals. This will help people feel like life is easier to manage. There are many benefits to having a positive outlook beyond mental health. Being positive also benefits physical health.
Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Affirmations are New Thought and New Age terminology referring to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. New Thought and New Age are belief systems that focus on the idea that humans have a responsibility to take part in positive creative activity and to work to heal ourselves, each other, and the Earth.
One way to live up to these ideals is to work hard on ourselves to improve our own mental and emotional wellbeing. Positive affirmations are a simple and easy way to start making improvements and think creatively while being more positive. An affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one’s self and if possible written down frequently. For a positive affirmation to be most effective, it should to be in present tense, personal, and specific. One suggestion is to write the same 5 positive affirmations daily with the flexibility of changing one or more of them as your goals in life change.
Creating positive affirmations and writing them down once is not enough. The point in creating and using positive affirmations is to improve our health as well as helping to improve how people are as people. Therefore, it’s important to repeat them daily and more than once daily, because the more we repeat these personal affirmations to ourselves the more our subconscious and conscious both believe them to be true and thus our natural behavior tends to align with those beliefs.
There are different affirmations for different intentions. Some affirmations are to help prevent negative feelings like fear, sadness, hopelessness, and anger. Positive affirmations can also be for self-esteem, empowerment, and to give you confidence. The important thing to remember is to make your affirmations personal and specific to your goals whether that’s you wanting to feel more beautiful or you want to ward off a negative emotion that keeps creeping in on you.
Right now, my focus is on giving myself more confidence and having self-compassion as well as keeping calm and relaxed. I know I am doing better than I was months ago and I think I can give credit to putting my mind to work and repeating these 5 affirmations to myself daily.
My 5 Positive Affirmations:
- I love myself and have a good heart
- Even though I make mistakes, I am worthwhile and capable
- I forgive myself, because I lovingly accept my human limitations
- I have inner power and strength to get through anything
- I have the courage to see beauty in all the possibilities
I would suggest making a longer list of positive affirmations and choosing 5 that are more important and urgent. As life moves and things begin to change, you can refer to that master list of affirmations and possibly pull out a new one to work on to replace one that you feel you have mastered.
What is one of your positive affirmations? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!