It's very common to slide down a rabbit hole of negative thoughts when you first wake up in the morning (especially if you're not a morning person). You might be tired, not feeling well, or just not in the mood to deal with any responsibilities whatsoever. It can be especially easy to slip into this mindset with the most recent heavy news cycle. We've all been there, and it's completely normal to feel overwhelmed or to need more support than typical during certain periods of your life. Trusted loved ones and therapy are wonderful resources, and there are also smaller steps you can take on your own to help you tap into the power of your mindset. One of those steps are positive affirmations, short statements that represent a commitment to manifest something — like a thought or a feeling — into existence. And while they may seem overly simplistic, they really do work.
What Are Positive Affirmations?
Essentially, positive affirmations, or daily affirmations, work by repetition — by allowing your mind to become familiar enough with a certain feeling or emotion, so you can easily access it. "Shifting our mental attention towards our intention has the potential to help us steer away from negative thinking patterns and create a positive change in mood, mindset, and energy," Angele Close, PhD, a clinical psychologist and therapist, previously told POPSUGAR. If you repeat a phrase enough, you can push your brain to shift away from negative thoughts and turn a bad day into a good one.
Training yourself to start your day with a positive outlook is also a valid way to cope with things like anxiety, stress, productivity, self-esteem, bad habits, and more situations in which you need a shift in your emotional perspective. And morning affirmations are a simple, yet effective, way of achieving that. "Where goals tend to be concrete and achievable outcomes, affirmations are better used as evoking experiences and shifts in being," Dr. Close said. Even if you're a bit skeptical as to whether or not positive self affirmations work, a low-effort activity like this is worth a shot, right? As someone who has practiced manifestation, I can honestly say positive affirmations, for me at least, hold a type of superpower that I'd yet to experience until I started practicing them. I'm now dealing with less anxiety and am on my way to a healthier lifestyle, thanks to these small but very powerful phrases. If you're interested in exploring how positive affirmations can change your mindset, check out these 32 short affirmations to say in the morning.@paris