Updated: Feb 23
New Year, New Me.
We’ve all heard it, and I’m sure at one time or the other we have all said it. A new year typically ushers in with it the motivation and zeal to make big changes, but as many have experienced, these resolutions just don’t stick. What then? Do you give up on resolutions altogether? No. What you can do is commit to making small changes. To intentionally develop systems for managing daily/weekly objectives and developing habits that ultimately help build a positive life.
It has been said that “You are what you think”. Negative thinking refers to a pattern of thinking negatively about yourself, your surroundings and about the future. It contributes to low self-worth. It makes you feel you're not effective in the world. Although everyone experiences negative thoughts now and again, negative thinking seriously affects the way you think about yourself and the world and even interferes with work/study and everyday functioning. This cycle of negativity may result in stress, anxiety disorders, and depression, which can damage your physical health and mental health.
As the New Year begins, one key structure to develop is the system of positive thinking through affirmations.
In the mental health world, affirmations are short, encouraging statements that you can use to create a more positive frame of mind. You can repeat an affirmation to yourself as often as you’d like — while brushing your teeth, driving to work, or before you fall asleep. The more often you use an affirmation, the more it can help reinforce your value and self-worth and it may even positively affect your behavior.
As we enter a New Year, below are 12 are a few helpful affirmations that could help turn positivity into a regular habit:
1. Rest is not a reward. Rest is a necessity. Your investment in rest is an investment in how you spend the rest of your life.
2. Self-Care is a priority, not a luxury.
3. I will practice self-kindness.
4. I have the power to make the right choices for me.
5. I believe in myself.
6. I can have balanced thoughts.
7. I love myself for who I am.
8. I am worthy of love and happiness.
9. I am more than my trauma.
10. My feelings are valid.
11. Reaching out for support shows strength.
12. There are people out there who understand what I am going through.
Always remember that reaching out for help and seeking support is a sign of strength. It is okay to not feel okay at times. From loved ones to mental health professionals, there is always an avenue to gain help, and do not be afraid or ashamed to seek professional help.
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