Positive Self Affirmations
Rehabilitation is also a mental challenge. To overcome the difficulties and struggles of recovery and avoid a potential relapse you will need to learn and apply all types of different resources that will give you the mental strength you need to succeed. Self- affirmation is one of them.
A self-affirmation is a statement about your value, life or reality that you repeat to yourself regularly, shaping your thoughts, beliefs, opinions and self- esteem. Positive self- affirmation is based on the fact that these beliefs and thoughts have a strong influence in both our actions and the way we perceive and experience reality.
Self- affirmation will also help you build a more prosperous social life and a stronger support system, which are key during rehabilitation. According to research, self- affirmation reduces thoughts about social rejection, alleviates the perception of threat and reduces defensive responses, enhancing healthy social relationships.
List of Affirmations
- If I change, things will change.
- I am worthy of love and happiness.
- I have the power to create a fulfilling life for myself and my family.
- I forgive myself for the past and the mistakes I made
- I can overcome this and any future challenge
- I am turning into a better, and healthier version of myself
- I deserve great things
- I can do this
- Every step I take, is important.
- I am treating myself with love and respect
- My family loves me and they will help me if I need it.
- I can and I will succeed.
- My past mistakes don’t define who I am right now.
- I am building a better future for me and my family.
You can also use specific self- affirmations depending on the situation or time of the day. For example, you can finish your day with “I am proud of myself for staying sober” before going to bed or go with “I am living a happy and satisfactory life” right after a lovely dinner with your family.
As its name suggests “self” affirmations can’t and should not try to be adapted from one person to another. They are based on your own values and personal rehab experience. Find the ones that resonate with you and start applying them to your daily life.
Watch For Negative Self-Talk
Other common negative self-talk examples during rehab include “This is too difficult”, “I can’t do this”, “I need a drink”, or any other thought that is destined to sabotage your journey and make you stumble.
There are many different self- affirmation practices (repeat same affirmation out loud as a daily mantra, repeat them during meditation, write them down on a journal, or put post-its in the fridge door or at the bathroom mirror). They are all valid as long as they make you feel empowered and are changing both your internal and external reality. Find the one that suits you best and start applying it on a regular basis!
Although these affirmations are meant to be repeated and reinforced by yourself, make sure to be surrounded by people whose thoughts and treat towards you are congruent with these statements. Although self- affirmations are a cognitive activity, they are reinforced by external reality. This way, telling yourself you are worthy of love is reinforced by the quality time you spend with your friends and family.
We all have bad days sometimes.
Same as exercise and healthy eating habits are good for our bodies, self- affirmations can be considered as a healthy habit that you are including in your daily routine to improve your mental and emotional well- being. It is an act of kindness and self- care to remind ourselves our values and strengths on a regular basis.