There are going to be many times in our lives when things are hard or feel uncertain. It is during these difficult moments that we can get stuck thinking negatively. But did you know that we have a superpower? It’s called the power of our thoughts. Our thoughts have the power to change how we feel about ourselves! Positive affirmations are a valuable tool to help us challenge and overcome unhelpful and negative thoughts. When positive statements are repeated often, and we believe in them, we start to train our brain to think in a more positive and beneficial way to promote well-being. Today’s Wellness Wednesday explores how positive affirmations can help us harness the power of our thoughts.
As a group, class, or family:
- Brainstorm a few examples of positive affirmations that could challenge the following unhelpful and negative statements:
- “I am not good enough”
- “I can’t do it”
- “This is too hard.”
- Here are some suggestions to get started: “I am enough.” “I am proud of my effort.” “I can do hard things.” “I am able to learn new things.” “I can do this with some help.”
- Next, individually complete the “Positive Affirmations” handout (Youth and Teens/Adults).
- Keep this page to refer to when you need a reminder of ways to challenge your own unhelpful or negative thinking.
Ask yourself, there is no wrong answer
What are 2 negative thoughts you had recently? What positive thought could you have had instead?
Connecting to our faith:
“...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Further Learning & Resources:
- Children’s Book: “I am Enough” by Grace Byers
- Podcast: Big Life Kids: https://biglifejournal.com/pages/podcast
- Website: Information and research about growth mindset: www.mindsetworks.com/science/
- Video: Positive Affirmations For Kids: https://youtu.be/I55jCHTQwCA (6:36)
- Blog: Fun ways for kids to do affirmations: https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/7-new-fun-ways-kids-affirmations
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