Self Affirmation is a tested way of helping you build emotional and mental toughness, while helping ease anxiety.
Have you ever considered that self-affirmations could actually make a difference in easing anxiety, given the tremendous amount of confusion and controversy about them? Affirmations are the positive self-statements (e.g., “I am beautiful,” “I am well liked and well respected,” “I am fit and in excellent health”) that have often been derided as silly and useless.
Yet, some psychologists believe, affirmations act as a buffer or cushion against outside threats.
Affirmations are more helpful when you are able to see yourself as a multidimensional human being with several aspects to your identity. If you use them already, science stands behind you. What psychologists have found, are that affirmations can help you broaden your view of yourself, defuse criticism, and stand up to what you perceive as dangerous. If you use them already, science stands behind you.
If you have never tried using them because it seemed foolish to do so, know that they can help expand your emotional and cognitive flexibility so you can more successfully persevere and handle life challenges.
Saying “I am capable and resourceful” is one example of an affirmation you can use to mitigate your anxiety. It may seem basic to say those words, yet that statement conveys strength and confidence and saying it really can make a difference in how you experience yourself. Countless individuals have greatly benefited from consistent practice in using this one phrase.
Try it for a few seconds right now. And with each new or difficult situation you encounter, keep reminding yourself of your ability to be capable and resourceful. Keep rehearsing this phrase over and over in your mind.
“I am capable and resourceful”
This weeks question:
Grab your phone or a note-pad and write a reminder for yourself: “With each new situation I encounter, I know that I am capable, and I am resourceful”. Everyday over the next week, at least once, remind yourself of this statement.
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To A Life You Love,
Dr. Joan Rosenberg