What are positive affirmations?
What are the benefits of positive affirmations?
Research has shown that positive affirmations really do work. A recent study found that, if used consistently, positive affirmations can successfully help you to maintain a positive self-image, and increase your feelings of self-worth. By consciously choosing uplifting thoughts and beliefs, you can set the tone for a productive and fulfilling day ahead.
Positive affirmations can help you to:
- Boost self-esteem
- Enhance overall well-being
- Promote a positive mindset
- Reframe negative thought patterns
- Improve your mental health
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase motivation and help to visualise goals
- Encourage self-care practices
How to get started with positive affirmations
Crafting powerful affirmations
To craft effective affirmations, start with the powerful “I am” phrase; for example, “I am worthy of love and happiness”, “I am capable of achieving my goals”, or “I am stronger than I know”. Affirmations should be personal, positive, in the present tense, and precise.
To help you stick with the practice, you can write your affirmation(s) on post-it notes and place them around your home, you can write them in a journal, or keep them in your phone's Notes app; and set a reminder to repeat or reread your affirmations at the same time every day. Some people say their affirmations out loud in front of a mirror while others prefer to write them down. Find which way works best for you.
Practicing affirmations on a daily basis is key to their effectiveness, especially if you’re trying to change your thinking patterns or behaviours; and repeat them consistently, preferably in the morning, to set a positive tone for the day.
There are lots of different apps that focus on positive affirmations you can use to get inspiration for your own, or to set reminders to practice them throughout the day, such as ThinkUp, Gratitude, Unique Daily Affirmations, Mantra or I am.