Mindful Monday no. 79 – How to Use Positive Affirmations


The messages we send ourselves carry a great deal of power, and we are constantly sending ourselves messages, whether we’re aware of it or not.

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Are you energized? Is there something you’re looking forward to?

What do you think when you look at yourself in the mirror before leaving the house? Do you smile at your reflection?

How do you react when you can’t find your keys, or when you knock over a full mug of coffee? Are you frustrated with yourself? 

In isolation, reactions to our daily happenings may not seem significant. Trouble occurs when our responses to daily events are negative, and it doesn’t matter if that negativity is directed towards ourselves or to other people. It can all add up and effect the way we see the world.

Have you ever tried saying positive affirmations to yourself?

It may feel funny at first, but it can change the way we see ourselves and the way we feel about our lives.

Saying positive affirmations is not tricky, but there is one key: they must be positive. Do not look in the mirror and say things like, “I am not…” or anything that includes the word “but.” For example, if you are feeling nervous, do not say, “I am not nervous” or “I am nervous but I can be confident.” Instead, try, “I am confident.” The trick is to train our brains to focus on the positive. Positive affirmations can be said any time, but I find they’re most effective first thing in the morning or when I notice I’m feeling insecure, frustrated, or low on energy.

Ready to give it a try? Read on for the how-to!

Stand in front of the mirror and adjust your posture so you feel secure on your feet. Wiggle your toes in to the floor and roll back your shoulders until you feel grounded and safe. Look at your reflection, and really focus on your eyes. If this feels uncomfortable – that’s okay. Just notice the feeling and let it go. Take a deep breath and watch your belly rise in the mirror, and then let it all out – through your throat and out your mouth. Repeat three more times.

Fix your eyes on yourself and say what you need to hear. It can be anything, but try to focus on what you need. This morning, I used the following positive affirmations:

I am calm.

I am kind.

I am capable.

I repeated these phrases until I really felt they were true.

Have you tried using positive affirmations before? What was it like? We’d love to hear from you!

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Cassandra Van Dyck



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