Are Daily Affirmations Helpful?

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Are you a positive thinker?

Without a doubt, daily affirmations are insanely popular when thinking about self-care. There’s a reason for this. They’re said to help with a person’s mindset. The question is, are daily affirmations helpful? 

In looking at affirmations as a concept, I will say that they have their place. Alternatively, many of us struggle with mental health issues and find that having affirmations does help, to some degree. When you look in the mirror each morning, say things like, “I’m a good person.” Some say something like, “people are drawn to me because I’m a nice person.” You get the idea. Despite their popularity, the question still remains. Are they helpful?

It’s controversial due to the lack of scientific evidence, but I’m not convinced they are. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe being as positive as possible is important. Something equally important to remember with affirmations is that they can be used to mask a real issue. For example, you can say the things like the second affirmation below, and start to believe it. There’s nothing wrong with that, on the surface. The problem, at least in my mind, is that you may not be addressing what makes you feel that people aren’t drawn to you, or like you. 

Furthermore, I do believe daily affirmations can be helpful is to start your day on a positive note. Conversely, I will also say that there’s a difference when it comes to using them to shield yourself from dealing with what may be going on, such as self esteem issues. I will say that despite the back and forth, affirmations have their place. Let’s review some of the most common affirmations.

5 Common Affirmations

“I am loved”

“I am strong”

“I can take control of anything I want, in my life”

“No one can tell me what to do!”

“My life is what I make it!’

At first glance, those look powerful, right? I’d say they do. The question is, do you agree? It’s literally all about questioning your beliefs and knowing that it’s okay to do that. Nonetheless, affirmations are not inherently bad. Just the opposite. They are a great tool. Above all, use them correctly. Understandably, this is a difficult thing to balance.

For the most part, looking at affirmations, as a whole, are going to help you most if you’re coming from a positive mindset most often. No amount of affirmations will help you to completely feel great all the time. That’s fine.

Alternatively, people who use affirmations do have a stronger sense of self esteem. This is very important. It should NEVER be a substitute for qualified mental health care.

Are Daily Affirmations Helpful?

Oddly enough, it depends on who you are. Not everyone will be onboard with it. Many try them and realize that they’re helpful. Alternatively, many people try them and find they end up making things worse. In the end, it’s completely up to the person doing them. Know this. There’s no substitute for good self esteem.

In conclusion, I said this was going to be a controversial entry. Let’s hear it! Leave a comment down below answering the question, are daily affirmations helpful? Do you use them yourself? I want to know. 

Before I let you go, check out my podcast. You can find the link on the resources page. You can also find more information on the scientific validity of affirmations. Or check out this link about how to use positive affirmations

Until next week. Be well and namaste.

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