Have you ever noticed how a simple compliment can make you feel so much better about yourself. A genuine, “I love that shirt” or, “You have beautiful eyes” are so comforting. Imagine if you told yourself loving expressions like that every day. Do you think your confidence and self-value would rise?
While some individuals think that speaking highly about yourself causes a haughty attitude, the reality is, it doesn’t. In fact, complimenting yourself on a regular basis is actually quite healthy!
Every day, we encounter millions and millions of thoughts. Out of those thoughts, it’s safe to conclude that a vast majority are covered in worry, stress, or overall negativity. This can take a toll on how you begin to view yourself. Depending on how harsh the criticism is, this never-ending stream of self-loathing could lead to anxiety, depression, and a low self-worth. Those are all feelings that nobody deserves to have.
The best way to combat those negative feelings and raise your self-esteem is to engage in positive affirmations. There are countless blog and social media posts that explain the importance of this subject. You see little kids repeating positive statements to themselves in the mirror; or women sharing their daily journals of affirmations and intentions.
These activities all work together to help raise self-love. How so?
The act of self-affirmations is rooted in encouragement. The idea is that if you repeat positive aspects about your personality, character, or life on a daily basis, you’ll begin to really believe them. The goal is to silence negative thoughts and replace them with productive ones. Over time, the person is able to think highly of themselves without succumbing to fear or doubt.
Self-affirmations really work to promote a healthy self-esteem and elevated self-confidence. In fact, some therapists even suggest incorporating this activity into their clients healing process.
If you’re interested in making self-affirmations a part of your regular routine, consider these practice statements:
- I am worthy and capable of receiving love
- I am helpful and a good friend
- I am talented and ambitious
- I choose to be happy, even in the face of disappointment
- I am in control of my thoughts and actions
These “I” statements are powerful and will encourage you to take ownership of your life. Practice repeating these statements daily and curtail them to your daily life. By doing so, you’ll reap the beautiful benefits of being in love with yourself wholeheartedly.
If you don’t want to repeat these statements to yourself, many have found relaxation in journaling. This involves writing down five to ten affirmations daily. This could be characteristics you like about yourself or even physical traits that you find attractive.
The key with affirmations is to find strength and depth with whatever you’re analyzing. It’s easy to say, “I am a nice person” and move on. When you think about it, is that statement really tapping into your character?
When you begin practicing affirmations, try to dig deep within yourself to find the true meaning of your actions. By exploring this depth, you’ll be able to fully appreciate what makes you awesome. In addition, writing down your affirmations is beneficial because you can always refer back to them when you’re feeling low. Some have even found it helpful to write their affirmations on sticky notes and place them all around their home.
By having this visual representation to remind them of their worth, they’re more likely to agree with it and less likely to allow negative thoughts to creep in.
Make it a goal this week to practice your affirmations daily. You’ll begin to notice a huge shift in your attitude. If you need help, grab this free book, just click on the book for access.