What is an affirmation? I think of it as a statement of validation for me, any kind about myself and my own value… I often use affirmations with myself and my patients and groups. I find them very useful in many ways.
One great art therapy project involves decorating a box, square kleenex box is great size. After you paint or collage on inside and outside, you write your affirmations down and put them in the box. Then take the box home or to work and keep it where you will use it.
Some uses include:
Start the day with an affirmation. Pick one at random or choose one from your box. Say it out loud and set the intention for the day. You can even carry it around in your wallet or bag as a reminder.
End the day with an affirmation before going to sleep.
Use it with your meditation practice. Pick one to dedicate to your practice that day or choose one afterward. You can do the same with yoga.
Share your affirmations with others. IF you like having friends over at your home, greet them with the box to choose one.
If you have a social situation and you have some social anxiety, pick an appropriate one and carry it with you to the event. Look at it when you get nervous/anxious.
If you have the kind of job where people would welcome affirmations, share them with your colleagues at work. Spread the love.
I plan to add more of these as I find them or remember them. Please let me know what affirmations you like!
Here are some affirmations I like and use. You can find many more elsewhere… I will write them in color.
I am more than my body.
I accept and love my whole body as it is right now at this moment.
I am fully present in the here and now.
I am alive.
I am grateful and hopeful.
I am able to like and love myself.
It’s ok for me to have feelings.
I am being who I truly want to be.
I am grounded.
Everything I need is already within me.
I am whole.
I am centered, grounded and calm.
I am able to laugh at myself.
I am unique.
I am worthy of love.
I am working on patience with myself and others.
I am compassionate.
I am focused.
I am able to say no and be ok.