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How to develop a positive affirmation practice

Many see affirmations as just fancy pep talk, and even though there’s certainly an element of “fake-it-till-you-make-it” energy, when practiced with intentionality and regularly, daily affirmations can become a supportive tool for your journey.

In this article we will discuss:

  • Becoming aware of your negative thoughts and patterns

  • Benefits of practising positive affirmations

  • How to create your own affirmations

  • How to use your affirmations

  • 10 positive affirmations to get you started

Read on!

Becoming aware of your negative thoughts and patterns

If you meditate, journal, or practice mindfulness you may be quite familiar with the abundance of negative thoughts and self-deprecating talk that your mind engages in.

Certain situations can activate (trigger) those detrimental patters, damaging your self-esteem and affecting your life.

We have around 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, and studies concur that 90% of those thoughts are repetitive. Of those, approximately 80% are, in broad terms, negative.

These numbers may sound ridiculous, but if you have ever consistently journaled, or meditated you’ll know that to be quite true.

Ruminating, negative thoughts are a tremendous source of anxiety and stress, and can affect your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Whether or not you know it, you are using affirmations all the time: “I can’t do this.” “I am so stupid.” “I am such a bad cook.” “I will never find a better job.”

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