Importance of Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations. Most of us must have come across this term especially after what the world is going through right now. So just for starters, positive affirmations are positive phrases or sentences about one to keep the negative thoughts and stressful thoughts at bay. Those statements are not something that you just tell yourself, but you have to believe in them as well.

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Positive affirmations are not some magic, but a practice that we can develop to reap the multiple benefits they have to offer. Positive affirmations help us to become more resilient towards the difficult situations which everyone faces in their lives at some or the other point.

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So, let’s jump to the part where we talk about its benefits.

1. Increase in self-confidence

2. Helps improve self-esteem

3. Lessens frustration and anger

4. Calmer approach towards various situations

5. Increase in productivity

6. Helps in stopping procrastination

7. Helps in overcoming bad habits

8. Overall well-being of the mental and physical health

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These are the few benefits which have been experienced by people who have cultivated this habit of positive affirmations in their daily lives. Initially it can seem awkward to talk to ourselves out loud in such a manner, but when we say it out loud in our own voice, there is a higher chance of our brain registering it as an important event, which eventually will make it easier to believe in what we say.

Activities you can pursue during your ‘Me time’ or your ‘Free’ time

1. Develop the habit of reading.

Start with a book on topic which already interests you. It could be thrillers, murder mysteries, motivational books, success stories – anything at all.

If you do not want a paperback, you can start with e books as well, that way your screen time will not only include mindless scrolling of various social media applications but something useful as well.

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2. Learn to play a game.

It could be as simple as a monopoly game, sequence, UNO cards or something more traditional like a game of carom.

This could become your family time instead of the daily dose of news which you take in while sitting in the living room.

Games are a fun way to bond with your family as it includes a lot of communication, jokes, laughter, shrieking at the top of your voice when you lose, throwing off the game board when you feel the game is not going in your favor, lol!

Just try this one out and you won’t regret it.

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3. Meditate or practice Yoga or go for a Run.

Now the above mentioned things might seem too obvious but I am very sure, most of us do not practice any of it.

It is very important to clear your mind off things which bother you and practicing either of the above mentioned things would help you do that.

Meditation may sound difficult in the beginning but with practice, it gets easier. Yoga again is something which you have to make a part of your life otherwise it is not something which anyone will be able to keep up with.

If at all you plan on running, be very careful about your existing health conditions and using the correct gear while you go on a run!

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4. Have an antakshari or a Karaoke night on a regular basis.

Many of us like to sing for ourselves, and this kind of night just helps you to do that. If you do not have the space for a special karaoke set then an antakshari night is also super fun. You can just go on singing songs based on your liking and not make it a time based/point based competition.

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5. Doodle/Paint/Sketch

Do whatever makes your creative juices flowing from the above mentioned activities or even other craft related activities. They are a major stress buster. Mind you, art is a very subjective field. Never consider your creation as inferior to someone else’s; in fact never ever compare your art to anybody else’s art.

Creativity is a personal thing, your art sometimes is a manifestation of your thoughts, dreams, fears, memories – it is your personal space and never let anyone intrude into that and tell you otherwise. People might make fun of your creations after having a look at those – create anyway if that is what makes you happy!

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That is it folks! Hope these mentioned activities help you out when you are stuck thinking about what to do to release the stress during your free time.

You can add your suggestions to this list too!

Until next time!