By Rocio Espinoza
If you wanted to change the way you think, the power of positive thinking can have a significant impact on your spiritual and mental wellbeing. Although the idea of using positive affirmations is not new, more and more people are learning to put it into practice.
When you’re ready to create the life you want, read on to discover some ways you can incorporate these mantras into your own home life.
The more you use them, the more positive changes you will see in your life and in your relationships.
The concept of positive thinking starts with how you talk to yourself and others. If you engage in negative self-talk, you can sabotage your dreams and goals. As you work on thinking positively, your attitudes change, and so will likely change your outcome.
Start working on your internal dialogue and try to change it from negative to positive whenever and as much as possible. While positive thinking is good for your mental health, it doesn’t mean that you should hide from your problems.
The mental practice of positive psychology simply means that you learn to look at things from an optimistic perspective rather than a negative one.
What are positive affirmations?
Positive affirmations are simply statements or short sentences used to question negative or hurtful thoughts. Practicing these self-affirmations can help improve your self-esteem, encourage positive change, and motivate yourself.
Whenever you feel like you are being hard on yourself, positive meditation or these affirmations can help change things. While this isn’t necessarily a panacea for feeling down or unmotivated, it can help you slowly change the way you think.
Benefits of positive affirmation
Incorporating positive affirmations into your life can have a variety of fantastic health and psychological benefits, including:
A longer lifespan thanks to less stress, which can also lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of other health-threatening conditions, such as:
Lower rates and frequencies of depression and / or depressive episodes.
Appreciation, more motivation and greater opportunities to achieve your own goals or challenges
A stronger, healthier immune system and a lower risk of certain viruses like the common cold
Improved resilience and ability to deal with difficulties in life, including hardships and stressful times
Improved chances of eating a healthy diet and regular exercise that provide improved physical health
How to use positive affirmations
There are many ways to use positive affirmations at home, at work, at school, or in any other setting.
Here are a few examples of how you can use positive affirmations in your life:
Write down several positive or short sentences so you can look them up every day or as needed
Use a vision board to help identify your goals and plans more clearly and to encourage you to achieve those goals.
Repeat positive mantras throughout the day and before bed
Practice positive meditation to help you feel calm and grounded
Write down things that are bothering you, then decide how to turn those negatives into something positive
Examples / How to write positive affirmations
Here are some examples of positive affirmations that you can use at home or elsewhere.
I do everything with honesty in my life and in my work.
What I love about myself is that I (fill in the blank).
I can do this! I can do this!
Kindness and generosity are in my nature
I am grateful for (fill in the field)
I always trust myself to make the right decisions
My head is creative and full of amazing, intelligent ideas.
I make a difference in this world.
I am grateful to have people in my life like (fill in the blank).
Following my intuition and listening to my inner voice is what I do at all times.
I get inspiration from the people, places and things around me.
I fully trust that I am on the right path in life
The people in my life respect me and value my opinion.
I can see well in everyone
My destiny is under my complete control
As a leader, I’m great at what I do.
I am a happy person.
I can be myself without judgment.
I accept my emotions and allow them to serve their purpose to help me grow.
I am always ready and willing to learn something new.
Promote motivation and positive thinking with vision boards
If you still need a little motivation, consider a vision board. This is an effective way to encourage positive thinking and help you achieve your goals.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a collection of pictures, quotes and other things that make you happy or help you identify your goals in “real life”.
This technique can be helpful in a variety of scenarios, whether you’re losing weight, buying a new home, or getting a big promotion at work.
You can combine different images with meaningful words and phrases to help keep you motivated and think positively.
The power of visualization is a powerful tool that can help you stay on track and feel encouraged to move forward regardless of the adversity.
How to create a vision board:
You can use a piece of cardboard or a pin board as the “foundation” for your vision board.
Cut out pictures from magazines, use personal photos, or search online for pictures to print and stick on the board.
Next, surround these images with positive language and quotes that will motivate and encourage you.
Your vision board can focus on a single goal or span multiple facets of your life. The key is to only fill it with positive pictures and words that are meant to encourage a positive attitude.
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Rocio Espinoza is a content writer at Porch. She is the mother of two and has a passion for wellness, fitness, sustainability, is an animal lover and is a firm believer in the power of positive affirmations. Her hobbies are reading, writing and cooking.
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