Using Positive Affirmations To Improve Your Mood

An affirmation is the assertion that something exists or is true (dictionary.com). Therefore a positive affirmation is the previous statement done in a positive way. When a statement or phase is asserted toward oneself then in time it becomes solidified in that person’s mind as the truth. Something to the effect of the self-fulfilling prophecy or reaping what you sow. One true way countless people become all they dreamt is by practice and taking on a “fake it till you make it” persona. So for example, if you tell yourself that you will fail repeatedly then it is no wonder when you actually fail. Yet the opposite is also true.

Setting time aside for positive affirmations may not be an easy task and may feel weird when first indulging in these self-perceived thoughts. But in time it will become second nature and more affirmations will likely come to mind.

Some really good examples of positive affirmations include:
• I deserve ________.
• I am a good person.
• I like the way I look.
• My friends like me.
• I can achieve __________.
• I am a good __________.
• I speak well.
• I am reliable.
• I am smart.
The list can go on but those are a few to choose from and feel free to adjust to fit your own life. Also if you are struggling with finding positive attributes then use some of the above examples until you can begin believing in yourself enough to create your own.

When thinking of some of the examples it may not be evident why affirmations work. Well think of it like this, if you are so used to negative self-talk and say horrible things about yourself then you probably won’t know what it feels like to say something nice. Once using positive affirmations and truly working on believing them then your mood will probably change.

If you don’t believe me then do a quick exercise. Sit in a chair and position yourself in front of a mirror. Begin saying negative things about you directly in the mirror. Concentrate on looking at yourself and saying some horrible things you have thought at one time or another. Now take a deep breath and give yourself a moment. Doing the same thing now but say positive things to yourself directly in the mirror again concentrating on yourself and how you look. Once you have completed both parts of the exercise recall your body language and what was going on inside for you. How were the two parts different? Did you notice a difference in your tone of voice, eye contact, and body language? Now what was the internal process like? Was your heart beating faster, did you feel shame or guilt.

Just like the exercise positive affirmations work in the same way. If a negative outlook is relied on then internally you are likely to cringe, reduce self-esteem and mood. Contrarily positive affirmations help one to sit up tall and feel more aware and assured about self. Positive affirmations create positive moods and perceptions, which in turn increases one’s mood.

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Quick Self-Help Tips For Depression

Depression is a clinical diagnosis that a person does not have the ability to control. The symptoms are identified by the overall loss of interest in once enjoyable activities, feeling ho-hum, over sleeping or under sleeping, change in appetite and change in level of hygiene. Depression can lead to substance use and other behavioral changes. Plus depression can produce thoughts of suicide. This is just a quick overview of depression and as always if the above symptoms are present where a person is unable to work, get out of bed or becomes incapacitated in another way then it is likely the person needs additional assistance. If you or someone you know is depressed and feeling suicidal please seek immediate assistance by either going to your local emergency room or dialing 911 or the emergency contact in your area.

Quick Tips To Improve Mood
Talk to a friend or loved one
Feeling better often is just a conversation away. Find someone that you can confide in and who will give you positive feedback. Don’t choose a friend that is a negative person, you don’t need anymore negativity.

Do something fun
Remember what used to make you laugh and as long as it is legal – do it. Usually depression kills all your joy. So take back your joy by doing something fun either alone or with another person.

Take a shower and leave your home
I Know I feel better when I am clean and dressed in fresh clothes. Take a shower and go somewhere, even if it is window shopping. The fresh air will do you well. Do not sit in you bed longer than needed for sleeping.

Do not sleep more than 8 hours
Regulate your sleep. Even when you do not feel like getting up – do so anyway. Sleep 8 hours and then get up and find something to do.

Think positive thoughts
Depression feeds off of negative thoughts – change them. Start your day with positive affirmations and continue them throughout the day. Positive affirmations are just quick positive sayings that you repeat to yourself such as “I am a good person.”

Exercise or go to the gym
Getting moving helps to increase the production of dopamine – the “happy” chemical that is created and distributed in the brain. When depressed a person lacks that “happy” juice, so what better way to get it going than by doing what helps to create it.

Eat healthy food
Depression destroys a person’s ability to activate self-care measures. Food is fuel for the body just like gasoline is fuel for your car. If you are not fueling your body well then it will not run properly. Getting a balanced diet will help to reduce fatigue which also mimics depression.

Good Luck
Getting moving and fighting the onset of depression can be a chore but get ahead of those blue moments so that they are not as severe. If you cannot overcome that emotional pitfall then seeking professional help may be appropriate as therapy and medication have proven benefits to treating depression.