Self-Affirmation (n): the recognition and assertion of the existence of value of one’s individual self.
During recovery, your mental health is equally as important as your physical health. Practicing activities like mindfulness and daily self-affirmations can boost confidence, calm nerves, and develop mental strength. Positive self-affirmations have been scientifically proven to reduce the stress of external threats and improve performance.
If you’re going through a rough patch, or feel like you’re stuck in a rut, self-affirmations can work wonders to reset negative thoughts, adjust your perspective, and keep you on track to healthy sobriety.
Just like yoga and meditation, setting aside a little bit of time everyday to repeat self-affirmations helps you take stock of your mental state and slow down. Slowing down to appreciate your positive attributes and extol the virtues of the person you are becoming during your journey will help you develop a more positive perspective.
Bolster your feelings of personal worth and well-being with some of these self-affirmations:
- Every day, in every way, I am getting better.
- I can and I will.
- I will be a better me.
- I am worthy of great things.
- I like the person I’m becoming.
- All of my problems have a solution.
- I press on because I believe in my path.
- The past has no power over me anymore.
- I have many strengths.
- I am in charge of my life story.
You are, of course, not limited to these affirmations. Build upon the core values you learned while in treatment, or start looking for phrases and sayings that resonate with you personally and record them in a journal.
Your affirmations should mean something to you and they should be for your reasonable for you journey. Don’t wake up in the morning and tell yourself you have to be perfect, you don’t need that kind of unnecessary pressure. Tell yourself instead that you will be better, and you will continue to do your best.
Make your self-affirmations a morning ritual and before you know it, you’ll start believing what you tell yourself. Eventually, you’ll be recalling your self-affirmations automatically to help you get through any obstacles that may come up during your recovery.
If you need an example to get started, check out how little Jessica starts her day, click here.
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