The Power of Affirmations on Mental Health

Remember how good it felt as a child to hear your teacher say that they are proud of you in a classroom full of students? Or when a loved one would point out a small detail, they love about you? Affirmations and validation from others are known to build our self-confidence from when we first start developing as children. Merging into adulthood, we tend to hear less and less congratulatory comments towards small achievements or reassurance towards situations that may leave us overwhelmed. But who says you cannot do these little things for yourself?

What are Affirmations?

Affirmations in New Thought and New Age terminology refer primarily to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment—fostering a belief that “a positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything.” According to Psychology today “Generally speaking, affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it. They are also used to help us create the reality we want—often in terms of making (or attracting) wealth, love, beauty, and happiness”.

How do you Practice Affirmations?

Not only are there several ways to practice affirmations but there are several tips you can implement whilst practicin them. Below are some of our favorites:

  1. Start with 3 to 5 minutes at least twice a day. Try saying affirmations upon waking up and getting into bed, for example.
  2. Repeat each affirmation about 10 times.
  3. Ask a trusted loved one to help.
  4. Make your routine consistent.
  5. Be patient.

10 Mental Health Affirmations You Can Practice Daily

Mental health is one of the factors you can target whilst practicing your daily affirmations. Here is a short list of mental health affirmations that will help you get a head start.

  1. I am growing and learning every day.
  2. I am in control of my mental health.
  3. I am taking part in self-care.
  4. I am healing at my own pace.
  5. I am stronger than my negative thoughts.
  6. I am going to get through all of my hardships.
  7. I am trying my best and that is enough.
  8. I am stronger than I was yesterday.
  9. I am going to reach my goals.
  10. I am going to be okay.

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