“Acknowledge, accept, and honour that you deserve your own deepest compassion and love.”
– Nanette Mathews
? Hello and welcome to Day 8 of the 21 Day Self-Care Challenge.
? Each day for 21 days we give you an action to complete that will help you to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of the other aspects of your life effectively.
Each of our tasks focuses on either physical, mental or emotional self-care.
You can either follow the tasks as specified or individualize them.
We suggest scheduling off some self-care time in your diary each night so that you keep your meeting with yourself.
Today we are going to focus on mental self-care.
✅ Your action for today is to come up with a few positive affirmations to use as personal mantras when you’re most in need.
✅ Share your positive affirmations in our Self-care Challenge Community Group on Facebook.
Be your own hype person.
Positive affirmations or mantras are used to challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts.
“I’m safe, I’m loved, I’m resilient”
You could also choose affirmations that help boost self-esteem, motivate you to do well in your job search, or put you in an enlightened space spiritually.
According to www.positivepsychology.com there is scientific research that proves positive affirmations and provide the following benefits:
- Self-affirmations have been shown to decrease health-deteriorating stress (Sherman et al., 2009; Critcher & Dunning, 2015);
- Self-affirmations have been used effectively in interventions that led people to increase their physical behaviour (Cooke et al., 2014);
- They may help us to perceive otherwise “threatening” messages with less resistance, including interventions (Logel & Cohen, 2012);
- They can make us less likely to dismiss harmful health messages, responding instead with the intention to change for the better (Harris et al., 2007) and to eat more fruit and vegetables (Epton & Harris, 2008);
- They have been linked positively to academic achievement by mitigating GPA decline in students who feel left out at college (Layous et al., 2017);
- Self-affirmation has been demonstrated to lower stress and rumination (Koole et al., 1999; Weisenfeld et al., 2001).
We suggest repeating them up to three to five times daily to reinforce the positive belief or writing your affirmations down in a journal or even practising them in the mirror.
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