“I know people talk bad about me when I’m not there.” “I never have good ideas, I’m just not confident to stand up for myself at work.” “My brother/ sister is the achiever in my family, I’ll never measure up to them.”
Do these phrases, or the vibe behind them, ever enter your thoughts? Or have you maybe spoken them out loud? If this sounds true of you, firstly, don’t get down on yourself – it happens to all of us. Secondly, there is some great news – you can neutralise these negative thought patterns with positive statements, or affirmations. You’ll be amazed at how this can create a constructive ripple effect in your life.
Challenge and overcome negative thoughts
Negative thoughts can become self-fulfilling prophecies. We talk ourselves into believing we’re not good enough and this drags things down our everyday lives, including our relationships and careers. But replacing these negative thoughts with positive affirmations can help you recognise, challenge and overcome them.
Let’s think of a practical example – your workplace. Life and career coaches say that if you spend just a few minutes thinking about your best qualities before an important meeting – such as a performance review – can calm you and increase your confidence. This then leads to a more positive outcome.
Science backs up positive affirmations
Positive affirmations can also help reduce stress. In one study, a short affirmation exercise boosted the problem-solving abilities of chronically stressed people to the same level as those with low stress. Thought stopping and affirmations were also shown to reduce depression, decrease negative thinking and enhance self-esteem in a study of a group of college women.
And yet more research suggests that if you have a stronger sense of self-worth, you’re more likely to improve your own wellbeing. For example, if you’re worried you’re eating too much and exercising too little, positive affirmations can remind you of your value and prompt you to do something about it.
So, science most definitely backs up that positive affirmations can change your mindset and your life. Positive phrases or statements used to challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts can motivate you, encourage positive changes in your life and boost your self-esteem.
How to get the most from your affirmation cards
This all sounds very – well – positive! But once you take this on board and find affirmations that resonate with you (like a set of affirmation cards), how do you make sure you get the most out of them? Here are some easy and practical suggestions:
- Add them to your vision board
- Put one on your fridge door
- Stick one to your mirror (hey, on every mirror!)
- Slide one in the visor of your car
- Screenshot an affirmation and set it as your computer or phone wallpaper
- Use affirmations as journaling, meditation or visualisation prompts
- Spread them across your altar and pull one each morning for a daily mantra
- Add them to your tarot or oracle card reads as an extra message to focus on
- Give them away. You could post one to someone you think might need it with a handwritten card, or give one to someone you meet that day you feel needs that message
- Give them as a gift or pass them on when you feel you have healed or strengthened that part of yourself or your life
- If you’re a teacher, use them in your classroom, or at home if you’re home-schooling. If you’re a counsellor or natural health practitioner distribute or display them in your office or practice so your clients can engage with them
- Record yourself saying them out loud over relaxing, or 432Hz, music and listen to one every night before bed to help you dream of manifesting your desires.
These are all suggestions I follow myself and I can vouch they work.
By surrounding yourself with affirmations, you are taking a positive and constructive step towards changing your mindset and the outcomes in your life.
You’ll be amazed at how exactly the right affirmation will come to mind time and time again as you seek inspiration and positivity for life’s challenges.