My self care routine is always changing. Part of the routine that stays consistent is affirming myself with positive affirmations; they have really made a difference in my thinking. Some benefits of reciting positive affirmations is that they help you to remain calm, and build & increase confidence. They also help to redirect your mind to think positive.
I struggle with negative thinking, overthinking, and anxiety; affirming myself with positive thoughts has helped to correct my thought patterns. Typically, you see people standing in front of a mirror, in the morning, reciting positive affirmations, (that method is completely fine) but, that's not me. I used to do that, but, I find that reciting them when the thought pops up is most helpful, for me.
One of my favorite quotes from Iyanla Vanzant is "you are not always in control of what goes into your mind, but only you can determine what stays there." I find this to be so true, and it gives me hope! I used to think that my thoughts controlled me, but, I have to remember that only I can change my thoughts! So, the next time a negative thought enters your mind, affirm yourself with a positive thought! I once heard that for every negative thought you think, you should replace it with at least three positive thoughts. Realistically, this will require continuous effort, but, it's so worth it!
Some positive affirmations that I've found really useful are on Pinterest. Pinterest has tons of affirmations for everyone and almost every situation. I created a board on Pinterest just for affirmations. I screenshot several and keep them in my phone. Some great Instagram profiles to follow for affirmations are She Wins, Unleash your Fierce and Be Free Project. There's also a dope affirmation album, entitled Crowned Affirmations, that I love! It has affirmations for everything!
What's in your self care routine? I would love to know!
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