Affirmations & Resilience
Think about a time when someone said something kind or affirming to you. Or a time when you received a compliment that meant a lot to you.
How did you feel in these circumstances?
How did it impact your day or week?
Did you do anything differently after that experience?
Positive words can have a big impact, but unfortunately negative words can often weigh on us and impact us a lot more. I’ve heard people say it takes ten positive words to make up for one negative.
Take a moment to consider this concept in regards to your thought life. How often do you think negative words about yourself in comparison to positive words?
Negative thoughts or self-talk can be a barrier to meeting our goals, building resilience, thriving, and feeling mentally healthy. One of the ways we can work to change patterns of negative thoughts is by practicing affirmations. This isn’t a magic fix, but when we stick with it can make a big difference.
Practicing affirmations can also be a great way to build resilience! Capturing our thoughts and focusing them in a positive direction helps us to regulate internal stress and feel the effects of relaxation and joy. What is an area that you find yourself thinking negatively about? How can you transform that thought into an affirmation? An example might be if you think negatively about body and your looks. Then you might practice an affirmation like this:
My body is able, strong, and resilient. My body is beautiful and worthy of being taken care of. My body is unique and special. My body was created for a purpose and will accomplish all that it is meant to.
What a difference it would make if we transformed all of our negative thoughts into empowering ones!!