People across the globe are feeling increasingly stressed. Negativity is rampant and it creeps into daily life like a black cloud. From the news, to career stress and family tension, stress is on the rise. But did you know it’s possible to neutralize that negativity?
I know not everyone is a fan of positive affirmations. Some find them to be gimmicky or a waste of time. But, that thinking is misguided. While of course they’re not a cure-all, they are quite effective in helping to re-shape our thinking. Repeat something often enough and it becomes second nature and our reality.
How Do Positive Affirmations Work?
Positive affirmations are statements/phrases that can help us confront and eventually overcome self-defeating and negative thoughts. When we repeat these positive statements often enough and believe in them, they can help us stay focused on the positive and even alleviate some of the effects of stress.
For example, if you feel like you’re not doing well in your job, you can neutralize the negative self-talk by repeating “I am more than my job. I am intelligent and capable and my ability to overcome my challenges is limitless.”
Positive affirmations are effective because they suppress the negative self-talk and instead, give us something inspiring and motivating to focus on.
One reason why some people don’t use positive affirmations is because they believe they need to keep googling to get new ones. The fact is, we can write our own positive affirmations and that’s probably best. But, people are busy these days so luckily, not only can you use google, but there are also apps and affirmation websites that can help.
Check out these apps and websites to infuse more positivity into your daily life. I’ve included a brief blurb from each to give you an idea what each has to offer:
“ThinkUp offers you a simple way to build a positive mindset. All you should do is to select your affirmations, records them in your voice, add your favorite music and listen to it on daily basis.”
2. Smiling Mind
“We are a 100% not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness accessible to all. Vision: To help every mind thrive. Mission: To provide accessible, life-long tools to support healthy minds.”
3. Instar Affirmation Writer
“Finally! An app that will change your life according to your unique goals, dreams and desires: the Positive Affirmation Writer from Instar Performance®. Writing powerful, impactful affirmations that positively influence your life is an art. We designed this writer app for people who want to author their own customized affirmations.”
“Shine is a free self-care app that feels like a daily pep talk in your pocket. Whether you’re stressed, overwhelmed, anxious—Shine will remind you “I got this.”
“bmindful is a positive affirmation community. There are thousands of tagged (categorized) positive affirmations that you can browse or search through.
When you join bmindful you are able to build a list of affirmations from the thousands of available positive affirmations. If the existing affirmations do not suit your needs, you are also able to add your own. When you add your own affirmation it is made available to everyone else so they can benefit from it too.
Joining bmindful also makes you part of this positive affirmation and self development community. You can join in on discussions, encourage others and help yourself and everyone else succeed in their endeavors!”
According to researchers at the Harvard Medical School, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” Grateful was created to make expressing gratitude in your life both easy and fun, as well as to remind you, during those down moments, of the many blessings in your life (that you’ve documented in Grateful).
7. Louise Hay Affirmations
There is a website component: “Beautiful and meaningful affirmations to uplift your day. Click on each category to reveal positive affirmations for creating your best life!” Or, you can download the apps from Google Play or the app store for Apple iOS devices.
Apps are great, but you may prefer to write your own positive affirmations, since they tend to be uniquely personal. But if you struggle with what to write/say, the above resources are a good starting point. The most important thing is to believe they work and to practice them daily. Good luck and stay positive!