Have you ever heard the saying: “If you can believe it, you can achieve it”?
This is the general foundation of affirmations. When you are trying to make a therapeutic change, either for yourself or your child, setting an intention tells your brain how you want to change. By setting an intention through speaking an affirmation, you are making a set aim towards where you want to shift. Furthermore, what you think about is what you attract. That is the beauty of positive affirmations!
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The Benefits of Positive Affirmations
If you think positively and your mind intends for positivity, that is what you will bring into your life. What you intend to bring into your life are the opportunities your brain is looking out for.
Practicing positive affirmations has wide-ranging benefits, including improved mental state, reduced stress, improved relationship outcomes, and increased health.
Affirmations work especially well if you complete a therapeutic activity at the same time. This can be anything from a breathing exercise, meditation, yoga, drinking, taking a bath, going for a walk, cycling, reflex integration, or other therapeutic activities.
If you set an intention at the same time as one of these activities, for example, "I feel well, or I am 100% percent healthy, I have inner peace, outer peace...." then indeed, your body will follow what your brain is telling it, and that is what ends up happening.
How to Use Positive Affirmations
Keeping affirmations specific and pointed rather than broad or generic is helpful. Affirmations should also align with what you believe to be true about yourself. To be most successful, affirmations are best if they are accurate and authentic as you coach yourself with words of encouragement.
- Practice being positive–like anything, using positive affirmations takes practice. Practice maintaining a positive state of mind by regularly using positive affirmations in your life.
- Say your affirmations aloud–many times, saying things out loud is most impactful for your mind. If that makes you uncomfortable, consider regularly repeating affirmations in your head or writing them on a piece of paper each morning.
- Couple your affirmations with action–pair positive thinking with positive actions to help your affirmation be most effective in your life. Whether this is a specific action or a therapeutic therapy, combining your affirmations with action will enrich their effectiveness.
An Example of Positive Affirmations
Miriam Manela Frankel worked with an actual client who was a fourth-grade teacher. She was dynamic but disorganized and unstructured, which was too overwhelming for her students. She stated it was impossible for her to concentrate on one thing at a time. In this case, Miriam Manela Frankel had the teacher create an intention that she could focus on one thing at a time. However, this particular woman refused, as she could not see how this strategy would work.
Instead of the original strategy, Miriam encouraged the woman to focus on this intention while receiving bodywork (massage). She texted Miriam later the next day that she was able to focus on one thing at one day for that day. Success!
The Importance of Affirmations for Children and Adults
Whether you are an adult or a parent seeking to help your child, affirmations can be effective for all ages and walks of life. Affirming our values through positive affirmations can reduce stress, improve health and education outcomes, and enhance your mental state. The benefits are far-reaching!
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