We all have challenging days when nothing seems to go right. Days that we don’t want to look in the mirror let alone get out of bed. Days wrought with pressure over an impending decision or event. Days that are just plan exasperating. So what’s the answer? There are many ways to handle pressure, reduce stress and boost our self-esteem, but for purposes of this post I am going to focus on only one: using affirmations. According to best selling author, Louise Hay “affirmations are small but key positive messages to the self. They are used as reminders, helping to keep positive messages at the forefront of our consciousness.” Furthermore, Hay states that “affirmations are a very powerful tool in supporting positive thinking and are very effective in changing life patterns and perspectives.”
So what exactly is an affirmation. There are two important guidelines for writing affirmations: they must be positive statements and they must be written in the present tense. Here are a couple of examples of affirmations which are positive and in the present tense
I am a good to my friends.
I am a positive person.
Affirmations can be tailored to any situation, feeling, relationship etc. They can be in written form, said aloud or visualized in your mind. It is helpful to repeat the statement often as the more often you use an affirmation, the more effective it will be in changing your thinking.
So if you have days that we don’t want to look in the mirror – look in that mirror & say: I am beautiful! If your day is wrought with pressure over an
impending decision – tell yourself- I am capable handling whatever arises. Or you are just having a bad day – you can say: I will can handle trying times.
There are many web resources with affirmations. Here are a few that I found.
- My daily affirmation (imconfident.wordpress.com)
- Daily Affirmations – How to Use Them to Change Your Life (gdisuccessfromhome.com)
- Positive Affirmations do Help (spyghana.com)