3 Ways to Have a More Effective Affirmation Practice

Negative self-talk can increase feelings of anxiety and even lead to depression. It can also increase cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and have negative effects on both your mind and body. Working to shift to using positive self-talk and affirmations can lessen negative self-talk and bring these additional benefits to your life. Consider these three tips as you establish your affirmations practice.   1. Set a Goal/Outcome Affirmations work best when they are targeting a specific goal or outcome. The affirmations could have a set deadline such as finishing a project on time. It could also be ongoing, such as feeling more confident in your career. An outcome will help give real application in your daily life.   2. Repeat & Repeat  For affirmations to work, you need to expose yourself to them often. Say it out loud and proud. The more you say it, the more your brain is encouraged to visualize the positive outcome.   3. Do The Work  Yes, affirmations are powerful, but saying them is only half the battle. They need to have an action component for them to truly be effective. Use your affirmations as a guide for the change you want to see. If you are speaking that you are in a new role – begin showing up as the person deserving of that role.

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