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Positive Affirmations as a Resource

Positive Affirmations as a Resource

Being a college student can be mentally draining. Balancing schoolwork, extracurricular  activities, a social life, and personal time, it can feel like we are being pulled in 20 different  directions at once. Wanting our grades to thrive and our resumes to stand out also piles onto our  never-ending stress. Not to mention trying to establish names for ourselves as ambitious women  who deserve an equal playing field to our male counterparts. Anxiety can build and lead to us  feeling overwhelmed or as if we don’t belong. This is where positive affirmations come into play  and help reinforce self-worth. 

The Importance of Positive Affirmations 

According to Mind Connection, positive affirmations can remind us of beliefs and values that are  important to us, meaning that affirmations can remind us of how smart, kind, driven, and talented  we are. This can lead to an increase in confidence and self-image, self-compassion, emotional  well-being, making it more likely to achieve our goals. Our confidence increases from the  reinforcement of self-assuring statements by helping our brains accept them as facts. Finding  love and kindness from within and relying less on others to fill our own voids will improve our  emotional well-being. Finally, achieving success becomes easier with positive affirmations since  our confidence drives us to work harder and set more ambitious goals.  

How to Set Positive Affirmations 

Positive affirmations are most effective when they are tailored to our needs; for example, if we  are feeling insecure in our academic abilities, a positive affirmation would be one along the lines  of “I am smart and can achieve good grades.” Once we find the affirmation(s) that best match  our insecurities, it is time to recite them. It is best to say/write them as often as possible. A good  schedule to stick to is saying/writing them down in the morning, midday, and at night and  whenever we feel we need some extra reassurance. When we recite them, it’s important to say  them aloud or write them down three to five times. Adding mindful meditation to our positive  affirmations routines and having loved ones recite our affirmations to us can help solidify them  in our subconscious. It’s also important to be consistent and patient with our affirmations.  Results don’t come overnight! With positive affirmations as a “tool” in our “toolbox”, we will  find ourselves to be more empowered and ready to take on any challenge that comes our way.