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How To Use Affirmations to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

November 10, 2023

Building Confidence and Self-Esteem with Affirmations

Sometimes we all feel stuck in negative thoughts and self-doubt. Even when we leave that state, it can still be hard to deal with. Saying positive things to yourself, like "I am enough, and I can achieve anything I want," can improve your mood and long-term mental health.

A 2017 scientific study found that self-affirmation exercises can lead to less stress and fewer negative emotions. Affirmations increase positive feelings in one's life and improve overall well-being. Adding affirmations into your daily life can help reduce anxiety and build self-confidence.

Let’s help you get started with affirmations and using them to build confidence and improve our self-esteem.

Building Confidence Using Self-Affirming Sentences

We are bound to lose confidence at some point, and it's natural. However, losing faith entirely or not having enough belief in oneself harms mental health. A study found that students with a very positive self-esteem and high self regard perform better academically. This is in comparison to those with relatively negative self-esteem.

The study also suggests that people who believe in their abilities are more likely to reach their goals. These self-affirming sentences can help boost confidence and trust especially in themselves, but there are some things to consider first:

Choosing the Right Affirmations

Affirmations are meant to help with self-doubt, so choosing your sentences is essential. It seems obvious, but it gets confusing when we start our journey on self-affirmations. Let's say I struggle with feelings of worthlessness, and I'm saying statements like 'I am not worthless.' Words that encourage you to put effort into something will be more helpful in making a difference.

For example, a better affirmation might be, 'I have gained valuable skills and can achieve my goals.' Or alternatively, you can try our AI-powered tool to help you create more motivational and uplifting affirmations backed by science!

Repetition and Consistency

Repetition is the key to improving our confidence and changing negative thought patterns with affirmations. Repeating affirmations frequently helps your brain to think positively, leading to a more significant positive impact on your life.

By repeating the affirmations you write, you are rewiring your mindset. This behaviour ultimately helps you overcome self-doubt and build trust in yourself. Though, you should remember that this is not a quick fix and requires constant effort and time, just like therapy.

To make affirmations a habit, repeat them after meditating or write them down in a visible place. You can also create a custom affirmation song using Mindframe or write them somewhere you can see them. Remembering to repeat affirmations can be challenging, especially with a busy schedule and many devices competing for attention.

Visualizing Success

Visualizing your success is like painting a beautiful picture in your mind. Close your eyes and imagine yourself doing something you want to do. Picture yourself confidently giving a fantastic public speech. You can see yourself standing before an audience, efficiently delivering impactful words. This helps rewire your brain into being calm when put into situations like these.

This visualization helps to create an affirmation, which is like a positive phrase or mantra you can say to yourself. With enough practice and consistency, you can give good presentations to a room of people without feeling anxious.

Potential Limitations of Using Affirmations

Using affirmations to improve your mental health is helpful. Still, there has been a study that discusses limitations and challenges to keep in mind:

Difficulty Believing in Affirmations

People who grew up with trauma and were insecure for most of their lives will find it difficult to believe in affirmations. There might even be instances where these people cannot accept a simple compliment. People struggling with self-doubt and negative self-talk are better off consulting a therapist. As there are studies that suggest that physical health can cause depression/ mental illnesses.

Lack of Persistence

Using affirmations requires persistence and consistency over time, just like therapy. You must commit to repeating your affirmations regularly and integrating them into your daily routine.

Unrealistic Expectations

Lastly, affirmations are not magic spells. They can improve mental health over time, but you should avoid unrealistic expectations from them as this might cause even more problems.

Ready to take your affirmations to the next level? Mindframe is the perfect tool to help you make and share your affirmation song! With Mindframe, you can easily create a customized audio track with your personal affirmations and favourite voice actor to masterfully bring them to life. Our AI-driven platform can help you make the perfect song to align with your goals and help you become the best version of yourself. Create your affirmation song now to empower and motivate yourself every day!