Affirmations are positive phrases or statements used to challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts.
What does Science say?
Science, yes. Magic, no. Positive affirmations require regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel.
Top Benefits of Affirmations
1. Self-affirmations have been shown to decrease health-deteriorating stress
2. Self-affirmations have been used effectively in interventions that led people to increase their physical behavior
3. They may help us "listen" to constructive comments more objectively without feeling attacked or criticized
4. They can make us less likely to dismiss health messages, responding instead with the intention to change for the better and improve our food choices (Epton & Harris, 2008);
5. They have been linked to improved focus, attention and learning
6. Self-affirmation has been demonstrated to lower stress and rumination (i.e. racing thoughts)
7. Affirmations have been shown to reduce time spent thinking of and repeating negative thoughts + experiences
Affirmations can be repeated up to three to five times daily to reinforce the positive belief. It is suggested that writing affirmations down in a journal and practicing them in the mirror is a good method for making them more powerful and effective.
Start with choosing one affirmation that you connect with and repeat it whether written or spoken for 30 days and see how you feel.
Thoughts are energy. If you think positively, you will attract positivity!