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Be Kinder In What You Say, Especially To Yourself

Never underestimate the importance of positive affirmations.

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Be Kinder In What You Say, Especially To Yourself
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Affirmations are positive phrases or sentences that help you overcome negative thoughts and feelings. Positive affirmations have worked wonders in my life, and I highly recommend them to anyone struggling with self-love.

Over a year ago, I decided to work towards fully loving and accepting myself for who I truly am. This process began with setting reminders and alarms on my phone with positive affirmations. I receive the notifications throughout the day, and they're a reminder to keep pushing on. From the moment I wake to the time I sleep, I affirm myself.

Examples:

7 a.m.: You're alive; that's something to be happy about.

9 a.m.: Do not allow anyone to mess up your day. You've got this!

12 p.m.: You are not defined by your upbringing.

3 p.m.: Feelings are not facts.

6 p.m.: It's OK not to be OK.

8 p.m.: You're beautiful.

In addition to this, there are also a variety of apps available that send notifications including affirmations. I use Eternal Sunshine and Sprinkle of Jesus (if you are religious).

Example:

Amber Peskin

This one takes a bit more effort because you must remain consistent. (Almost) every night I tell myself a few positive affirmations. Whether I say it aloud or think it, I believe it is helpful, nevertheless. When you only hear positive things before you sleep, your brain will think of positive things. This is sort of similar to experiencing a night terror after watching a horror movie.

Examples:

I am worthy of love.

I deserve nice things.

I am whole on my own.

I have control over myself.

I am strong.

It is so incredibly important to treat yourself with love and kindness. You have gotten through every terrible day thus far. You will continue to do this for the rest of your life. Learn to appreciate the person that has been there through it all: yourself.

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