What are Affirmations?
Affirmations are positive statements that can help overcome negative thoughts. They are a powerful tool in helping develop confidence and self-esteem.
They are words designed to release positivity into ourselves and those around us. Saying positive affirmation is compared to pushing positive air around us.
Is there a science behind it?
Yes, absolutely – our brains have neuroplasticity – this means that they can be rewired in different ways depending on the experiences we have in life. When you regularly repeat affirmations, you are creating a mental image of your goal or positive message. For example, if you keep repeating to yourself the positive affirmation “I am brave”, your brain is forming an image a brave version of yourself.
As you continue to repeat this, this image becomes clearer, and the brain creates a version of yourself representing that goal or affirmation. Once this picture has been created through this process, the part of the brain where you experience achievements is activated, and your mind accepts the affirmation. This then helps us work towards that goal or positive affirmation.
Through this process of repeating positive affirmations, our brain accepts them as real, as a fact and helps us work towards them!
Every week in our After School Club, we run different activities to boost wellbeing. A few weeks ago, we did affirmations. Our young people painted their affirmations over canvases and put them by the bedside so they can see them everyday. They absolutely loved the activity, and it was wonderful to see the positive affirmations that they wrote. Seeing how excited they’ve been working through this activity, we decided to include it in our first WONDER BOX too.
Give it a try with your young people and let us know how you get along. Here are a few affirmations to get you started:
– I am proud of myself
– Today is going to be a great day
– I can control my own happiness
– Its okay to not know everything
– I am an amazing person