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44 Positive Affirmations for Depression to Inspire Change

Originally posted at ECounsiling.com

44 Positive Affirmations for Depression to Inspire Change

MS Broudy, Ph.D
November 12, 2020

Have you ever given yourself a pep talk? You may not have realized it, but you were practicing a form of positive affirmation. Coping with depression can be discouraging and debilitating. Vocalizing certain phrases about yourself can provide a much-needed lift and motivate you toward positive change. Affirmations are a simple and useful tool that can help with depressive symptoms.

Reciting positive affirmations for depression

What Is a Positive Affirmation?

A positive affirmation is a self-statement that emphasizes your strengths, values, and favorable qualities. According to cognitive theory, depression is caused by distorted negative beliefs. Positive affirmations can be used to counter negative perceptions and bolster confidence in your abilities. For instance, you can replace the thought, “Nobody will ever love me” with the affirmation “I am worthy of love.” Many people who use affirmations recommend standing in front of a mirror as they repeat specific phrases to themselves, but you can perform them anywhere you feel is comfortable and effective. For increased success, it is suggested you practice your affirmations at least twice daily.

Do Affirmations Work?

Positive affirmations have been associated with multiple factors related to the reduction of depressive symptoms. Self-affirmation has been shown to activate parts of the brain that are associated with positive self-valuation. There is also evidence that suggests that affirmation increases the neural pathways related to a person’s reward centers, which undeniably boosts your mood. Further, an affirmation can serve as a protector against stressful situations that threaten your well-being. It can also help motivate people toward healthy behavior, such as eating fruits and vegetables. Maybe most importantly, the use of affirmation has been directly linked to feelings of optimism and happiness.

Keep in mind, however, the effectiveness of positive affirmations depends on their content. You need to be able to believe in what you are saying for them to be helpful. If you tell yourself something you know is not true or is unlikely to occur, it probably won’t help.

For example, if you keep saying to yourself that you look like a supermodel or are as musically talented as Adele, you are less likely to be able to convince yourself. In addition, the above research concludes that personally relevant affirmations appear more effective. Therefore, the more specific the affirmation is to your life, the better. Finally, affirmations that focus on the future seem to be most powerful. As a result, emphasizing behavior or outcomes that you can work toward will make them more productive. It may be useful to think of an affirmation as an active roadmap for positive thoughts and behavior.

Affirmations for Coping with Depression

There are literally millions of possible affirmations. Here are 44 you can use that are specifically geared for dealing with depressive symptoms:

While the above affirmations are suitable for numerous situations, one of the strengths of using affirmation is that it can be tailored to fit any area in which you are struggling. For example, if you are lacking confidence in whether you will do well on a work presentation you could affirm “I am prepared for today’s presentation and I will be successful.” Again, the more specific an affirmation is to your particular situation, the more it will resonate with you and produce positive results. Fortunately, affirmations can be made as distinct as necessary and easily changed to fit a particular circumstance.

Positive Affirmation as Part of a Depression Busting Package

Practicing affirmations daily is a useful tool in the fight against depression. It can improve self-image, reduce stress, increase healthy behavior, and boost mood. It is especially effective if the affirmations are personally relevant, realistic, and future-oriented. In addition, creating and performing an affirmation is a relatively simple process that only takes a few minutes.

It should be noted, however, that affirmations are not suitable as a lone treatment for depression. Clinical depression is a serious psychological disorder that often requires professional intervention. Affirmation is most effectively used as part of a treatment protocol that may also include psychotherapy, online counseling, medication, and positive lifestyle changes. While some steps for dealing with depression can be initiated independently, such as reciting positive affirmations, the most significant improvements typically result from working with a trained professionals.

MS Broudy, Ph.D

MS Broudy is a psychologist, writer, and consultant. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Psychology. He has spent over 20 years providing therapy and assessment services for a diverse set of clients. MS specializes in writing about mental health, parenting, and wellness. He has his own blog, mentalspokes.com, where he writes about psychological issues.

Words Have Power

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams

In this quest I have been on for personal growth, one of he things I have been doing is reciting affirmations.  Why? because words have power, and what are affirmations?  They are words.  Words that are positive statements that are repeated to impact and affect both the conscious and the words have powersubconscious mind. When you repeat them over and over again, those words, or affirmations, have the power to change your world.

One only has to look at the media to see that words have power, and that power can be used to influence people’s thoughts and ideas.  And while I care about news media and real news and fake news, that’s not what this is about.  This is about you and how you can use words and ideas to change your life.  Something as simple as looking at your reflection in the mirror every day and telling yourself that you are awesome and amazing can boost your mood.

When you think about it, what do you have to lose by making positive statements to yourself about yourself? Absolutely nothing.  Now if talking to yourself in the mirror makes you feel a bit like a loon, or a narcissist, then why not write your words down.  Remember teachers making you write your spelling words five times each?  There was a reason for that. It helped to lock them in your mind.  I don’t think you have all that much to lose, and you have a lot to win. So say your affirmations, or write them, but whatever you do, use them.  Say nice things about yourself, verbalize your goals. Your words have power, and you may as well use that power to improve your life.

 

 

10 Wealth Affirmations to Attract Riches Into Your Life

This is not my article – I found it tonight and I want to share it with you…I’m posting a snippit of it and a link to the website…It’s amazing and powerful and I hope you’ll all read it.

Affirmations can have positive impact on your life. There are several types of positive affirmations and the most popular ones are wealth affirmations.

Wealth affirmations can improve our beliefs about money and the accumulation of wealth. They make us concentrate our attentions, thoughts and ideas toward attracting wealth and abundance into our lives.

You can read the rest of the article here

Temple Run and the Law of Attraction

I have a new interest  issue addiction – it’s called Temple Run.  I had no idea what this game was until one day, I was riding in the car with my daughter and these very strange noises started coming from her tablet.  At first,  thought it was the car, but then she proceeded to explain the game Temple Run to me.  I tried it when I got home, and the rest is, as they say, history.  But I’m not here to talk about my little video game interest   issue   addiction.  What I want to talk about is how I am using this game and applying it to the Law of Attraction.

In Temple Run, there is a magnet bonus you can get and when you do, your character gets a glowy aura about it, and will automatically begin attracting coins.  Since attracting a lot of coins is one of the key aspects of the game, getting the magnet bonus is a good thing.

One morning, driving to work, I was running over my affirmations in my head and one phrase jumped out at me.  I am a magnet for luck, a magnet for love and a magnet for money and I attract all of these things to me.  A magnet.  A MAGNET – just like the magnet in Temple Run.

I am a magnet for luck, a magnet for love and a magnet for money and I attract all of these things to me.

Now I will be the first to admit that it doesn’t take much to get me excited, or make me happy (you should have seen me the day my ezpass transponder came in the mail) but when I made this connection, I was over the moon.  It gave me a visual to apply to my affirmations.

I say these affirmations religiously, and I focus on them, but now, I am actually envisioning myself grabbing the magnet from Temple Run.  I see myself glowing like my little Temple Run character, and I visualize all these things coming to me and sticking to me with no effort, just they way the coins in Temple Run do.

I’ll be honest here.  Those images, those visuals make me happy, and they make me laugh every single time.  This in turn boosts my mood and guess what – because I’m happier, I’m sending out happier vibrations to the world, so guess what I’m getting back?  Yep, you got it – lots and lots of happiness.

All this because of a video game.  Who’d have thought?

 

A New Year a New Outlook

This is NOT going to be one of those look back over the past year type of posts.  I could do that, but I figure just about everybody in the bloggerverse is doing that, and I’m a rebel.

2011 was a rough year for a lot of people, myself included, and I see no point in in reliving it.  It’s time to move forward, and move forward with purpose, drive, determination and joy.  Joy?  Yes, joy.  Because great things are going to happen in 2012. Great, wonderful and amazing things.

Set your goals in your mind, and see yourself achieving them.  Do this every day.  Develop a plan, and take baby steps toward that goal.   Just keep reminding yourself that every day in every way you are a unique and incredible individual filled with love and light!

Have a wonderful and prosperous 2012 and stay positive!

Don’t Just Pay LIP SERVICE to your Affirmations

I have a set of affirmations I say on a daily basis, and with that I have a routine. I usually say them while driving my car on my way to work. On some levels this works great. I have a scheduled set time when I do them, and they get done, but on another level, I discovered this isn’t working out too well. Why? Because I’m focusing, as I should, on my driving, and NOT on my affirmations. I’m NOT feeling them, I’m NOT believing that that is how my life is right now. Instead, I’m going through the motions of saying them as I make my way through the traffic on the highway to work.

Doing my affirmations this way means I’m not manifesting what I truly want as quickly and as effectively as I should. I AM manifesting, but not with the speed I could and should be.

Don’t just pay lip service to your affirmations, visualizations and meditation. Set aside time to focus on them completely with your entire being. You deserve the break, and you deserve to manifest your heart’s desires.

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