The second wave of the pandemic has clearly felt worse than last year. Most of us have been experiencing high levels of negativity, and it’s but natural that waking up every day on a positive note seems quite far-fetched. If you’ve managed to do that, kudos to you! But if not, we completely feel your pain.
Our lives have become so uncertain that we don’t really know what’s in store for us in the future! Unfortunately, this is impacting our mental health and how. This makes it even more important to stay positive, and one of the best ways to do so is by way of self-affirmations.
More often than not, our minds are swamped with so many thoughts and feelings that pull us down. Here’s an example, “Come what may, I would never be capable or worthy of achieving this”. When thoughts like these occupy our minds, our confidence, mood, and outlook become negative too.
Sometimes, we don’t understand how negative thoughts can impact us. We start convincing ourselves that we aren’t good enough, and as a result, these thoughts seep into our personal lives, relationships, and careers too.
But, if we deliberately try to do the opposite and start seeing the positive aspects of life, the effect can be just as powerful.
Positive affirmations are words or ideas that can assist you to challenge self-sabotaging behaviour and negative thoughts. Repeating these words is extremely simple, but believing in what you’re saying takes a little time. But when you keep doing it, it’s completely worth your time and patience. All you need to do is to pick a phrase and repeat it.
If you find yourself getting frequently entangled in the cycle of negative self-talk, use these positive affirmations to combat those thoughts. Instead, replace them with more adaptive narratives.
“Positive affirmations can help you motivate yourself, adapt to positive changes in your life, or boost your self-esteem,” says Dr JPS Bakshi, founder of Dr Bakshi’s Healthcare and former director of Delhi Police Foundation for Correction, De-addiction and Rehabilitation.
Many of us perform exercises to improve our physical health; similarly, affirmations are just a form of exercise for our minds, and to change our outlook. These positive repetitions can reprogram the way we think so that, over time, we begin to think and act differently. Practicing positive self-affirmations can be beneficial:
1. I am not afraid to keep going because I have faith in myself and my actions;
2. These are just a few moments in my life, and they will pass;
3. I have come this far, and I am proud of myself;
4. These are just thoughts, only I will determine the way I choose to feel;
5. I am liberating myself from fear, judgment, and self-doubt;
6. I’m content with who I am, and I love who I am becoming;
7. I will rise above all kinds of negative feelings and will see positive aspects of everything;
8. I am resilient, strong, and brave.
When we become capable of dealing with negative messages and replace them with positive statements, we construct more adaptive, hopeful narratives about who we are and what we can accomplish.
So whether you’re coping with anxiety, want to motivate yourself, or just want to be more optimistic in general, try coming up with your own affirmations. They can be a refreshing way to use positive self-talk that is capable of replacing negative messages.