I have been working on many negative beliefs that I have trying to counteract them with positive affirmations. Slowly I heal.
We all have negative beliefs. Some stem from the way we were brought up and could be our parents’ beliefs. But some of mine stem from the abuse I went through as a child. These negative beliefs create anxiety too. To counter act negative beliefs positive affirmations can be used. But also statements like the following:
- This isn’t always true.
- This doesn’t look at the whole picture.
- This doesn’t promote healing or a well being.
- This thought comes from my abuse or from my upbringing or from a negative experience in life.
Some negative beliefs we feel strongly and frequently and others we believe very strongly. Some examples of negative beliefs are:
- It’s a dangerous world out there.
- I am ugly.
- I am stupid.
- I have to be perfect.
- I feel powerless or helpless.
I have been using the Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J Bourne (page 222; see the resources tap on my website www.miriamsart.com) and he has helped me to write down some positive affirmations to counteract the negative beliefs that I have. Some of these positive affirmations are:
- I am a good person and have done much good.
- It’s alright to make mistakes. You’re not perfect and only human.
- You are a beautiful survivor.
- You are strong.
To be honest I have 40 negative beliefs that I have to actively work on. I plan to type out the positive affirmations that I have come up with. Then I plan to incorporate them into my life two per week. I will look in the mirror every morning for a week and say the two positive affirmations out loud. Once I have gone through all of them, every morning I will pick one of them and say it out loud looking at myself in the mirror. I think that it will work! What do you think? Any suggestions?