Hi all, today I have put together some helpful exercises to practice positive affirmations. Positive affirmations, prompt you to be positive in the way you think. They are encouraged to those who are struggling to see the positives in their lives. Below I have listed 5 exercises to help you to become more positive in your thinking. I have included different exercies to help accommodate everyone. Have a read and see which one is for you!
At the end of each day, write down 3 good things that you did that day.
These don’t have to be anything ground-breaking, they might be as simple as having a good dinner, or going for a relaxing walk. Anything that you felt good about doing. Just make sure whatever you include was YOUR doing.
- Identify your negative self-talk and beliefs.
- Create affirmations out of those beliefs.
- Begin using the new affirmations.
Negative self-talk and beliefs are negative automatic thoughts that we have about ourselves. This means that they come subconsciously, without you even knowing you are doing it. The first step is identifying your negative self-talk (See previous post on “Identifying your negative thoughts”).
For example, “I am terrible at positive thinking”, new affirmation: “I am learning how to be more positive”.
Life lessons: It is so easy for us to look back on some of our experiences as negative, now it’s time to change that. Look at what your experiences have thought you. Put your life lessons down on paper and create your own collection of words to life by.
Positive journaling: Take some time to write about positive events in your life. These are your highlights of your year so far. Write about a fun day spent with friends, a good movie, or new job. Positive journaling will get you into the habit of focusing on the positives. Write it down and read it back on the days when you need a little pick me up!
Creating your own positive affirmations: design a list of positive affirmations to live by. Once created, repeat them over and over again to yourself. Below are examples of some affirmations:
- Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.
- My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
- I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.
- I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
- I believe in myself and my abilities
I hope you enjoyed trying out some of these exercises, feel free to let me know or comment below if you found any of them particularly helpful.
Niamh xx Psychotherapist