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The Power of Positive Affirmations

            Many of us would like to build a more positive image of ourselves, however, it may be difficult to know where to start. A core principle of cognitive behavioral therapy is that the thoughts we entertain, or hold about ourselves or the world, can influence our emotions and behavior. As such, we can imagine that if we are having negative thoughts about ourselves, we may suffer from low self-esteem. This is where the use of positive self-affirmations may be of use!

            Affirmations are positive statements that can help challenge self-sabotaging thoughts. When you repeat them frequently, and believe in them, you can begin to see a positive change in how you view yourself and your behaviors. Evidence from empirical studies suggest that affirmations decrease stress and rumination. The key is picking out a few from the list below that you find acceptable or making your own that you can practice daily. Some people enjoy writing them down on sticky notes and putting them up in their rooms, others may prefer to write these down in a journal or mentally rehearse them each day. You can use whatever practice works for you, just ensure that you practice regularly and believe in what you are telling yourself. You are worth it!

Sample Affirmations:

1. "I release the fear of judgment and embrace my authentic self."

2. “I have everything I need to succeed.”

3. “Even though I’ve made mistakes in the past, I’m still a good person.”

4. "I let go of the need for perfection and allow myself to be human."

5. "I release the need to compare myself to others; I am enough."

6. "My life has meaning."

7.  "I am enough."

8. “There’s a purpose to my life, even though I might not always see it.”

9. "I can allow myself permission to release what is no longer serving me."

10. "I use obstacles to motivate me to learn and grow in myself."

Post written by Jade Caswell, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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