As we continue to move through the holidays, it can be helpful to have a toolbox of affirmations to use when an increase in presenting symptoms is noticed such as nervousness, increased heart rate, or low energy and mood. Positive affirmations are short, powerful statements that can be repeated when maladaptive thoughts are beginning to impact mood. These maladaptive thoughts (often referred to as automatic negative thoughts) not only impact the way we feel but also the way we behave. By challenging these unhelpful thoughts with a positive affirmation, we begin to break the automaticity of the thought pattern and therefore begin to notice a change in the way we feel and act.
Repeating positive affirmations may feel uncomfortable or awkward at first, and that is normal. With practice, repeating positive affirmations becomes a more natural part of your internal dialogue. Here are a few holiday-themed affirmations that you can use as a starting point this season. Pick one that resonates with you, write it down, and place it in a prominent place in your home. Use this affirmation to anchor you to the present as you move through the holiday season.
Covid cannot force me to distance my heart from my family.
Delays are opportunities to reflect, give thanks, and creative positivity.
I remember I have a choice in what I plan for the holidays.
I love myself enough to set boundaries. My time and my energy are precious resources. I get to choose how I spend them.
I am free to follow love.
Kindness is like snow. It never fails to add beauty to what it covers.
This is only temporary.
My daily practice is my strongest practice.
Stay here, now.
If you want to talk to someone about what it looks like to use these affirmations on a consistent basis this holiday season, please contact KS Services via email for a free 15-minute consultation.
Laura Waller, MS
Resident in Counseling