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Positive Statements

Positive Statements

If you frequently find yourself being caught up in negative self-talk, positive statements can be used to combat these patterns, and replace them with more adaptive stories.

What are  positive statements?

Positive statements are not magical but practical. There are widely accepted by psychological theories behind them. Positive statements require regular practice to make lasting and long-term change.
Positive statements are as simple to practice as they are to define: they are positive phrases used to challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts. Practicing them can be equally simple, and they need is repetition and time.

How the positive statements help?

People may choose to use positive statements to manage stress, motivate, encourage positive change in life or boost self-esteem. They can help to correct and maintain the sense of self-integrity (by telling what they believe in positive ways).

* Telling ourselves how awesome we are can sound bizarre, but isn’t the negative self-talk bizarre, as well? Yet, people commonly do it and live with it. By aiming to challenge and change negative thought patterns, the positive statements can base the change. In my self-help books The Strongest You 12 week programme with techniques & audio tracks and Confident Me with confidence & solid self-esteem, I provide the tools.

* Positive statements can be very useful for boosting self-esteem, once they integrate with self-beliefs. The important thing is that the statements reflect personal values. There is no point in repeating a thing that does not agree with one’s own sense of what they believe to be good, moral, and worthwhile. To have impact on self-esteem the statements should be positive; the things that people can act in accordance with to reinforce their sense of self-identity.

* Through positive statements, people keep up a narrative about themselves. In this narrative, they are flexible, moral, and capable of adapting to different circumstances. They can use the to manage stress.

* Anxiety sufferers experience disturbed sleep. In the sense that statements can help to relieve anxiety or sadness, and they may have beneficial effects in promoting better sleep.

* Meditating on personal statements can be relaxing and soothing. Focused meditation on a positive statement could be a good way to try improve and relax.

* Also positive statements can help with copying with pain. A study of cancer patients suggested that spontaneous self-statements significantly positively relate to feelings of hopefulness (Taber et al., 2016).

* Self-identity is not a rigid or strictly defined self-concept. Self-identity can be flexible and people can see themselves as adopting a range of different roles. This means that they can define success in different way and see unique things about themselves positively. This allows much better adaptation to various situations.

* Maintaining self-identity is not about being exceptional, perfect, or excellent. People just need to be competent and adequate in areas they personally value in order to be moral, flexible, and good.  They don’t say “I am a responsible mother” because they want to receive that praise but because they seem to deserve that praise for acting in ways that are consistent with that particular personal value.

How to practice positive statements?

There are no hard and fast rules about timing or frequency when it comes to practicing positive statements.

  • they can be repeated up to 3-5 times daily to reinforce the positive belief
  • writing personal statements down is important
  • practicing personal statements in the mirror is a good method of making them more powerful and effective.

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