Happy Monday! It’s a new week, full of possibility and opportunity. Or, if you’re like me, you’re just feeling tired, ha. I wanted to start a new little series where on Mondays we take the time to talk mental health, because your physical health and mental health are intertwined. I have always loved what a good positive affirmation has brought to the table for me, and maybe, they can do the same for you!
Mental health is something that EVERYONE needs to get used to talking about more openly. We are super comfortable talking about having a cold, or asthma, or other physical illnesses, but so many of us are living with mental health concerns. If we all could open up just a little, we could all feel just a little bit less alone. Even if you don’t feel like it applies to you, I can guarantee that it is affecting someone in your life. Being a little more candid with how we are feeling and doing can seriously help others, and maybe even yourself.
So, What Even is a Positive Affirmation?
When you’re having a bad day, negative emotions can creep into your mind quite easily. It’s really easy to feel pretty crappy when your mind isn’t showing you any love, and, in turn, your health and wellbeing can take a nose dive.
Positive affirmations are a way to combat those nasty thoughts that can take over your mind. They help to lift you up, clear out all the negative, and get you back on the right path. They remind you what you bring to the table, and who you really are. All the negativity gets kicked to the curb, and the positive brings you back to where you need to be.
What Are Some Positive Affirmations I Can Use?
Your positive affirmation is totally up to you! It can be tailored to fit whatever you need that day, or everyday for that matter. I pretty much have meditated on the same idea for about 5 years now (all about being healthy, happy and calm!) and you can always change it to be whatever you need that day.
Some pretty generic and good for everyone affirmations are;
- I am capable
- I am enough
- I can do it (seriously though, sometimes you need that push!)
- I am strong
- I am confident
Ad nauseam. It really is a personal choice for you to make. I can tell you though, adding one to my life has seriously helped me on the bad days to push through!
How Do You Even Use a Positive Affirmation?
Positive affirmations are great tools for meditation! This means that you can use them anywhere, at any time, when you need them! That’s what makes them the best to me; they’re simple to use at any time.
For me, I like to repeat my affirmation a few times mentally when things start to get hairy. You can write it, think it, say it aloud, whatever works for you. Positive affirmations really are personal to each person, down to how you use them to influence how you think. I used to write mine in my planner so I would see them everyday in writing, as another reminder.
Have you ever used a positive affirmation? Do you think they would be helpful for you? Let me know in the comments below!