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The Value of Daily Affirmations

Singer/song writer Willie Nelson once said, “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” When we cultivate a mental state of positivity, we find that we are able to maintain a more optimistic outlook on life which, in turns, helps us successfully navigate our daily interactions and be at less risk of feeling angry, depressed, or resentful. A great way to boost our sense of positivity is by beginning a daily practice of self-affirmations.

Daily self-affirmations can effectively shift our thinking from an awareness of negativity to one of positivity. In early sobriety, we are susceptible to negative feelings because our brains are still healing from the damaging consequences of drug and alcohol abuse, and we may be suffering mental health problems as a result of Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). Dwelling on negative thoughts can exacerbate these feelings. According to Mind Tools, “The problem with negative thoughts is that they can become self-fulfilling prophecies. We talk ourselves into believing that we’re not good enough. And, as a result, these thoughts drag down our personal lives, our relationships, and our careers. But, if we deliberately do the opposite and use positive thoughts about ourselves, the effect can be just as powerful but far more helpful.”

Affirmations can be a powerful psychological tool to improve our confidence, reduce anxiety, and mitigate stress. Christian Jarrett, in an article for The Cut entitled Brain Scans Can Help Explain Why Self-Affirmation Works, states, “There are three main psychological explanations for why self-affirmation is beneficial: First, it’s simply enjoyable to dwell on what we value; second, when we’re feeling threatened by a particular criticism or failure, the technique reminds us of those things we value about ourselves more broadly, that are separate from the threatened aspect; third, by broadening the basis of our self-worth, it can help us regulate our emotions.” When we pair self-affirmations with positive thinking and goal setting, the effectiveness of the exercise improves. Overtime, we can effectively shift our thinking from negativity to positivity, and will find that our mental health and feelings of well-being improve dramatically.

Addiction hurts us mentally, physically, and spiritually, but recovery is possible. You can begin building a happy and healthy future in sobriety by making the decision to seek help today. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together behavioral health and addictions specialists, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to give you all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431