We’ve all heard that positivity does wonders when it comes to living the life you always wanted. Positive affirmations work in a pretty simple way – they build connections in your brain, tricking it to subconsciously prove those assumptions correct- hence building your self-esteem.
Positive affirmations work, according to the science behind them, as evidenced by MRIs, social studies, and a variety of other study methods.
These are just a few of the lovely things you can say out loud or in your brain to motivate yourself to keep moving forward. We propose that you follow this order, but it is entirely up to you and depends on the circumstances.
Be Mindful of Your Breathing
This one is very simple, but it does wonders in more intense situations.
It’s well known that panic attacks are associated by difficulty breathing, so reminding yourself to take deep, calm breaths can be really beneficial.
Because it slows your heart rate and activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for your body’s rest, focusing on breathing is a physically calming exercise.
Understand Where You’re At
This may sound weird to say to yourself, but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes.
To thrive in any environment and situation you desire, you must first comprehend the one you are now in.
Many individuals avoid asking themselves why they do what they do or why they feel the way they do, but accepting both and understanding the reasons for both is an important part of moving forward.
When one feels understood, they can get more in touch with themselves and be more honest, thus uplifting the self-worth… how they feel about themselves.
Tell Yourself, “I can do this.”
This is essentially pep-talk and when it comes from within it works even better.
Having poor self-esteem is connected with believing you can’t do certain things, and this affirmation confronts that belief head-on.
There are numerous circumstances where a little prodding is all that is required, and hearing these words generally suffices, particularly in situations involving other people, such as public speaking.
One Step at a Time
Many of us are overwhelmed by the number of challenges we face along the route to our objectives, or by how long the journey appears to be.
It’s enough to make you quit or never start in the first place if you don’t have the self-esteem to take the initial step or keep walking along the path you’ve already selected.
This affirmation helps in keeping you focused in the present instead of worrying about things that are far far away.
It gives you some much-needed perspective on why your actions right now count, and why you shouldn’t give up simply because the road ahead looks difficult.
Tell Yourself, “I’m doing great!”
What this helps with is retrospective.
Looking back on earlier accomplishments reveals how much you’ve evolved and, as a result, how much power you actually possess.
It’s easy to forget about prior problems when confronted with fresh ones, but that doesn’t imply they weren’t significant or difficult, and thus have equal significance.
Another facet of this affirmation is to appreciate your actions in this particular time; by having a third-person perspective, you can notice how amazing what you’re doing right now is, which will improve your confidence.
Turn Your Dreams into Plans
This looks only in the far future.
We all have these types of dreams we believe are impossible, but really the only thing that’s stopping us is ourselves.
This is not to say that the path ahead will be simple; rather, it means that even if it appears to be virtually impossible, it is achievable with enough perseverance.
Changing the word from “dream” to “plan” pushes your brain to think more about how to get you to this point rather than why it seems impossible.
It may appear strange at first, but the society we live in today provides ample evidence that no wall is insurmountable and that there is no limit to what you can do if you believe in yourself.
Learn to Love Yourself- And Say it Out Loud
This will sound weird the first few times you say it but that’s no reason to stop.
Such a simple sentence has the potential to turn your life around completely, the moment you start believing it. The more you say it, the more you’ll believe it.
It’s a journey completely on it’s own and it may not be easy, but it is absolutely worth the effort.
When you feel love, your entire worldview can drastically change and make a turn for the better, so just picture the power this feeling can have if it comes from within.
This is ultimately the strongest affirmation there is and it really is responsible for miracles.
The Awkwardness is OK
Although all this may all sound a bit strange at first, but with enough consistency it can really help people in building up their self-esteem.
The diverse perspectives these affirmations provide, as well as the secure atmosphere they create over time, are important for cultivating improved traits and self-worth.
You can say them out loud, write them down, read them to yourself, or even record your voice and listen to them when you feel comfortable.
Make the Self Esteem Journey Fun
There are many more ways you can make this journey fun, for instance write down different reasons why they are true or reward yourself with something small each day you’ve said them all, etc.
We really advise you to try and make positive affirmations a part of your daily life and see how much potential you actually have and how great you already are.
What affirmations do you tell yourself every day?