Affirmations have become increasingly popular over the years. So, what exactly are affirmations and where did affirmations originate from? Maybe you seeking tips on writing an affirmation?
Here is a brief overview:
What Are Affirmations?
In general affirmations are positive statements. Positive statements that you would tend to make about yourself with an aim to make that same statement a perceived reality. The main aim is to repeat the affirmation or positive statement to yourself consistently and repeatedly for a period time until it sinks in.
Affirmations can be spoken aloud or written down, so you can focus on them and make them part of your daily routine.
An affirmation is usually formed of powerful words for example ‘I Am Strong’, ‘I Am Calm’ and ‘I Am Enough’ and powerful positive statements. "I am" is a classic start to an affirmation because ‘I am’ gives you ownership of the sentence.
When done consistently, affirmations may be considered incredibly helpful in changing our mindset with an aim to create meaningful transformation in our lives.
When you repeat and affirm a positive statement to yourself, such as "I am Strong" or "I am successful," it reinforces that thought in your mind like a form of self-hypnosis. Your mind is taking it in as an instruction from you directly. Your mind does not know or care whether a statement is true or false it only knows you believe it to be true.
By using repetition, it reinforces the positive statement (the mind does like repetition) and if you combine a positive feeling or emotion with the statement then it may become even more powerful.
Writing down your affirmations can further help the statements to embed even more strongly because this method forces us into action and makes it more real rather than just a thought.
The History of Affirmations
Affirmations are not a recent thing, in fact there has been evidence of affirmations being used for many years. Although, there is no exact knowledge of when affirmations actually began, there is evidence of affirmations dating back to ancient times. Where they were said to be used by Ancient Egyptians in rituals for healing and protection as early as 2000 BC. There is also evidence that affirmations were being used by the Ancient Greeks more than 2,000 years ago with aim to support general well-being. Affirmations have also been documented in many different cultures and religious texts.
More recently you may recognise affirmations from the works of the late Louise Hay. Where Louise Hay became well known for promoting positive affirmations, running workshops, writing self-help books, and recording Affirmation audios.
Louise Hay also famously created useful affirmation cards. Affirmations cards have also become popular because these cards can easily be placed in positions all around the home to be always easily visible and can also slip into your handbag for you to come across when rummaging through or popped in your lunch box to as a reminder when at work. It can also be fun to select a new affirmation card for each day.
Below are links to examples and details of Louise Hay Affirmation Cards for Self-Esteem & Self-Love:
Power Thought Cards: 64 Positive Affirmation Cards for Self-Love, Motivation, and Healing
Louise Hay's Affirmations for Self-Esteem: A 12-Card Deck for Loving Yourself
How to Love Yourself Cards
See Louise Hay’s website for more details: https://www.louisehay.com/101-best-louise-hay-positive-affirmations/
Today we will often see affirmations posted on social media platforms on a daily basis as they have become increasingly more popular in modern times.
The Benefits of Affirmations
Affirmations may have a beneficial effect on mental health. By helping to support improved self-esteem and self-confidence, which in turn leads to better overall well-being.
It may help you to feel good about yourself. It can be hard to see our own strengths or accomplishments especially when feeling low and depressed. An affirmation acts as a reminder and helps to override negative thinking.
Affirmations can be a reminder that you are important, significant and to help you to see yourself in a more positive way and may help you to take a step closer towards a significant desired goal or outcome which may help with self-motivation.
Affirmations can help to raise positivity in general day-to-day.
Affirmations for Self-Esteem and Confidence
Affirmations are a great way to boost your self-esteem and confidence. They can help you focus on the positive aspects of your life, celebrate successes and accomplishments, and recognise the things that you do well.
Here are some examples of Self-Esteem affirmations:
- I am a good person.
- I am significant.
- I love and respect myself.
- I am worthy of love.
Here are some examples of affirmations for confidence:
- I Believe in Myself.
- I Embrace Change.
- I can handle absolutely anything that comes my way.
- I see challenges and opportunities to grow and learn.
Tips for Writing Your Own Affirmations
Here are a few tips to help you write your own Affirmations:
- Own it! - Own the statement by starting with ‘I’.
- Be in the present - When writing your own affirmations make sure that you focus on the present. Affirming as if it has already happened in the now. Do not state ‘I will’ state ‘I have’ or ‘I am’.
- Make it positive - The affirmation should be a positive statement.
- Be believable - Make the affirmation believable. If it is not believable then you are more likely to talk yourself out of it.
- Feel it! - To truly empower the affirmation then feel yourself having already achieved your goal. How does it feel? Does it make you feel happy, powerful, strong?
- Visualise it! - It will help empower the affirmation if you can visualise yourself having achieved your desired goal or outcome.
Affirmations can play an important role in helping us to feel better about ourselves, Affirmations are a great tool when it comes to building self-esteem and confidence. Give them a try!
In addition to using positive affirmations on a daily basis, there are other things we can do to support such as:
- Learning to have self-love, compassion, and self-acceptance.
- Taking care of our physical health through exercise and eating well.
- Creating healthy and supporting relationships with others.
- Seek guidance and support from a counsellor or therapist.
We often like to recommend affirmations to our clients to help boost their self-esteem and self-confidence.
We currently have a Free Gift’s page where we have on offer a 21-day challenge ‘Self-Love Workbook’ which includes free access to our Affirmations video at the end of the workbook.
For your ease, here is a quick link to the free gift: FREE SELF-LOVE WORKBOOK
Why not experience the power for affirmations for yourself? Remember to follow our tips for writing affirmations above to get the best from your affirmations.
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