The power of positive affirmations at home and work
by Helen Sharland
A year ago
What are positive affirmations?The principle of affirmations is to repeat positive mantra’s to yourself to unlock your self belief in certain areas and in turn change the negative thoughts you may have swimming around your mind. By working on our own affirmations, you help change those unhelpful thoughts and any low self esteem you maybe experiencing, they are a very powerful practice that will help encourage a positive narrative in your mind focussing on whichever area you need most.
You may choose to use them to for motivation at work for instance, or perhaps you need to make positive change at home, the practice is based on a well-established psychological theory and there is a definite science behind it.
According to the research site ‘Psychology’ ‘The social psychologist Claude Steele first proposed the theory of self-affirmation. A major insight of this theory involves the notion that although people try to maintain specific self-images (such as “being a good student” or “being a good family member”), that is not their primary motivation. Rather, individuals are motivated to maintain global self-integrity, a general perception of their goodness, virtue, and efficacy…If individuals feel relatively positive about themselves in one domain, they are willing and able to tolerate a threat to their self-integrity in another domain.’
In other words, we need to find peace and find positive integrity within ourselves in order to then move forward in the areas we may need to maintain our own self worth. It’s also been said that affirmations affect different people in different ways, it’s all dependent on your relative ‘risk’, for example, if you are a smoker who wants to quit, affirmations are more likely to work if you are a heavy smoker as opposed to a social one, if your self esteem is acutely low, it has been suggested that affirmations will help you to increase your self worth more so than those counterparts with higher self-esteem - learn more hereHow can we use them in our everyday lives?
In order to work on our own self integrity, which will in turn change how we project ourselves on the world, we need to use tools that help us change our mindset, re-wire our thinking. There are many articles out there that explain how affirmations work, we found this one from Mind Tools the most useful;
You can use affirmations in any situation where you'd like to see a positive change take place in your life. These might include times when you want to:
- Raise your confidence before presentations or important meetings.
- Control negative feelings such as frustration, anger, or impatience.
- Improve your self-esteem.
- Finish projects you've started.
- Improve your productivity.
- Overcome a bad habit.
‘Affirmations may be more effective when you pair them with other positive thinking and goal-setting techniques.
For instance, affirmations work particularly well alongside Visualization . So, instead of just picturing the change you'd like to see, you can also write it down or say it aloud using a positive affirmation.
Affirmations are also useful when setting personal goals . Once you've identified the goals you'd like to achieve, affirmative statements can help you to keep yourself motivated in order to achieve them.
The power of affirmations lies in repeating them to yourself regularly. It's useful to recite your affirmations several times a day (have them pop up in your notifications!). You also need to repeat your affirmations as soon as you engage in the negative thought or behaviour that you want to overcome.’
Here are some tools to help you create your own affirmations around the home or in your office/at your desk;
- Positive Affirmation Apps - Apps that help you set your own affirmations to remind you at certain times of the day, use the recording features and visuals to help encourage you to stick to your daily ritual;
Think Up - Positive Affirmations and Motivation
Lousie Hay - Affirmations and Meditations
Shine App - Self care app
- Pinterest - Use Pinterest to create your own physical cards to pop around the house or on your desk;
- Write it down - Journaling is a great way to work out your affirmations then practice them at a certain time of day;
Best Self Affirmation journal - affirmation journal
- Instagram - Follow @artsyaffirmations (and there are many more) to make your feed a positive place to be
Be sure to follow us over @mantel_joy too where we share daily doses of positivity to help you through!
Hopefully there are some good tools there to get you started on your affirmation journey! This is a well worthwhile daily ritual for any of us to work on, we’d love to hear how you get one, connect with us via instagram over @mantel_joy so we can keep in touch with your progress and remember, Michelle Obama’s best Mantra - You are Enough.