I want to talk about positive affirmations a bit. I learned about these in a class I took when I was on stress leave at my last job.
Basically, when your anxiety and depression are telling you all these bad things like, you’re ugly, worthless, a failure-you use positive affirmations to change your way of thinking.
At first, I thought these were a bunch of crap and that they wouldn’t do a damn thing to help me. I rolled my eyes as our class therapist handed out papers full of positive phrases and explained how yo use them.
But one day, a particularly bad day, I was feeling like I couldn’t leave my house. I felt ugly. Broken out. Fat. Worthless. So I looked in the mirror and I repeated positive affirmations. I am not ugly. I am not worthless. I am not a failure. I am beautiful in my own way.
And while I still struggle with all of these things daily, it can help me to get out of bed, get dressed, and get out into the world. It suppresses the crippling self-doubt for a time and helps me function. So next time you’re having the same feelings try to use some of these positive phrases and see if they help. It can’t hurt, right?
I am not a failure.
I am worthy.
Someone loves me.
I can do this.
I am beautiful.
I am smart.
My anxiety/depression/OCD/etc. does not control me.
I am strong.
It’s not a bad life, just a bad day.
I am in control of my thoughts.
I am not my mental illness.
Mental illness is not a choice.
These are just a few choice ones that I use the most. I find that just picking the one that I need most at the moment and repeating it helps me greatly sometimes. It doesn’t always work but sometimes it’s just enough to stop the downward spiral of thoughts that can keep us stuck in our sadness and anxiety. So next time you are feeling overwhelmed, sad, depressed, unworthy, or anything else, just try it and see if it helps. I sincerely hope it does.