Written by Danika Desforges-Bell, M.Sc. Ps. ed.
What Are Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are short sentences or statements that help challenge our negative thoughts. They are often used to boost our self-esteem, to change our perspective, and to get out of the negative self-talk. By repeating positive affirmation over and over again, you replace subconscious negative patterns in the brain with more positive ones. Positive affirmation can be used to cope with fear and anxiety, or to get you motivated and optimistic about what is to come. You can make up your own positive affirmations according to what you need.
My Top 5 Affirmations
These are five powerful positive affirmations you can use every day to help you find strength, calm, and self-acceptance. Sit in a quiet place. Be still. Close your eyes if you need to. Take a few deep breaths to calm your nervous system. Then repeat each affirmation. Remember to take a deep belly breath between each one.
Why do I consider these some of the most powerful positive affirmations anyone and everyone can use? Well, let me explain…
I AM SAFE
Stress is our physiological response to a real or perceived threat. Therefore, reminding your body and mind that there is no immediate danger right now can allow your stress responses (adrenaline, cortisol, digestive issues, etc.) to turn off.
EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY
Same goes for the second positive affirmation. We are simply reinforcing our sense of safety by also projecting ourselves to a safe future. This can help us avoid chronic stress responses which can lead to anxious or depressive symptoms as well as more serious health concerns.
I AM STRONG
Then, we get into the good stuff! The third affirmation is a very powerful one. We often forget how strong and resilient we truly are. Think of all the obstacles and challenges you’ve overcome throughout the years. You are indeed a lot stronger than you think.
I AM BRAVE
Being brave comes in many shapes and forms. It doesn’t mean confronting dangers or life-and-death situations. One of the bravest thing you can do is to be your authentic, true and vulnerable self.
I AM ENOUGH
And we finish off with my personal favourite: I am enough. Read it again, I am enough. Say it out loud, I am enough. Scream it, I AM ENOUGH! That’s right, you truly are enough – just the way you are.
Studies About the Benefits
I do hope you can find time in your day to meditate using these powerful positive affirmations. You will be amazed at the effect they can have on your overall health and well-being. And if you don’t believe the impact they can have, here is a great article outlining some of the various studies as well as some other examples of positive affirmations.