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Do positive affirmations really work? you may ask. I believe it depends on the school of psychology you are listening to. Some say they do not while others say when used properly they do work. I believe they work but you need to apply your mind and believe in what you are saying. Chanting some phrases mindlessly definitely will not work for you.
Affirmations can work both negatively and positively. If someone is always told they are good for nothing, they are stupid they will end up believing that for themselves and then it comes to manifest in their life. These are negative affirmations spoken over you by others and they might be really damaging.
Positive affirmations can be used motivate yourself, encourage positive changes in your life, or boost your self-esteem. Sometimes as working moms we find ourselves getting caught up in negative self-talk about not being present enough for our family, we can therefore use positive affirmations to counter this.
How do they help?
Positive affirmations can help improve an optimistic mind since optimism itself is a positive quality to have. They help you replace the negative statements we sometimes find ourselves saying with positive ones which may help improve the way we view our life or some aspects of our lives.
How many time a day do I say positive affirmations?
It is a good idea to say the affirmations a couple of times a day to really shift the negative mindset. I like saying mine first thing in the morning and I also have a board over my bed with these affirmations so I can see them when I jump out of bed. Another helpful and effective thing is to write your positive affirmations down in your journal and practice them in front of a mirror.
You can write your own affirmations and say them daily to yourself or you can buy affirmations cards to get you started.