Have you ever tried telling yourself positive affirmations? If not, here’s why you should.
According to Healthline, “Neuroplasticity, or your brain’s ability to change and adapt to different circumstances throughout your life, offers a clue to help understand not only what makes affirmations work, but how to make them more effective.” What this means is that your brain at times mixes up real and fake, unable to distinguish between the two. This can be beneficial when it comes to believing the positive affirmations you tell yourself. When you repeatedly tell yourself positive affirmations such as, “I am confident”, or “I am beautiful”, you can essentially trick your brain into believing those affirmations, even if you yourself don’t think them to be true.
Affirmations are a self-help method that can help lead to bigger changes in your life and push you to take the actions necessary to fully believe the affirmations you are telling yourself. Not sure where to begin with your affirmations? Make sure you are focusing on areas of your life that need improvement, such as confidence, work ethic, emotional topics, or whatever you need! Some important aspects of creating an affirmation that will work for you according to MindTools are to make sure it is achievable, turn the negatives into positives, and make sure you write it in the present tense. Just saying the things you want to believe won’t entirely make them true, but can help you to gain confidence and motivate you to work to make them true.
When speaking these to yourself, do whatever makes you comfortable. Find a space to be alone where you can really focus on the words you are saying. It may feel odd to speak to yourself alone saying sentences you don’t necessarily believe, but with repetition and time, you can hopefully find yourself believing the things you are telling yourself!