We did it. We all have officially invested around one month in self-quarantine and practicing social distancing, and the overwhelming notion is that we’re all struggling to keep a hopeful mindset.
Days are passing and time seems to pass in different, scattered intervals. Hoping that things will get “back to normal” seems to be pushed further and further as the weeks progress. State-wide specific lockdowns have been extended beyond our wildest beliefs, and life on the outside and socially seems to be a thing of the past.
Whether or not we’d like to believe it, the entire human population is going through widespread trauma because of this pandemic. Because of this trauma, it’s common to hear that people are losing themselves in the strictly-enforced monotony. It’s getting easier to fall into negative mental traps because this pandemic is everywhere we go and the overwhelming presence of public fear is easily accessible. Emotional tension is rising, and trust me, you’re not alone.
Something that has helped me begin to shift my mindset to the positive is writing and reciting personal, positive affirmations for myself.
By no means am I an expert –I’m still working on these practices myself– but I find that meditating and focusing on the following statements have helped me get out of the mental fog I was going through.
PsychologyToday states: “Generally speaking, affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it.”
I like to think of affirmations as declarative statements that help me focus on my goals, my intentions, and help build up my hope and self-love. The following are the affirmations I recite to myself that might help you recenter and shift your thought process:
1. I am alive, awake, and breathing.
2. I am full of potential and have the power to change my current situation.
3. I am allowed to take up space.
4. My needs, wants, thoughts and feelings are valid.
5. I allow myself to experience happiness and peace of mind.
6. I am allowed to take my time and do what is best for me.
7. Today, I choose peace.
8. I am on the brink of something fantastic.
9. New opportunities, business ventures, and doors open up for me every day.
10. My past does not define me. I am allowed to change and grow.
11. I am in control of my own life.
12. I am motivated, driven, and optimistic.
13. I attract my greatest desires and dreams.
14. Everything works out for me.
15. I am more than capable of accomplishing the tasks at hand.
16. Light, love, and long-lasting prosperity will find its way to me.
17. I am living on my own timeline, and will not compare myself to my perception of others.
18. I can only control how I respond to the things that happen to me.
19. I am allowed take my time to heal.
20. I am allowed to distance myself.
21. I have the power to change and to create change.
22. I am allowed to experience my emotions and limit its influence in my day.
23. I have the power to manifest my success in every area of my life.
24. I am worthy.
25. I love myself fully, and nothing and no one can change that.
Whether you fully believe in these aspirational statements or to a minimal extent, declaring them alone can help you pop your head out from under your weighted blankets. Small steps like writing positive affirmations for yourself or simply reciting the ones I’ve written will eventually guide you to your next steps in breaking through the mental fog.
Just remember: you’re not alone. We’re going to make it through this.
“When we make this mistake [of feeling sorry for ourselves] we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and/or complaining about whats wrong with life. ‘It is not fair’, we complain, not realizing that, perhaps, it was never intended to be.”– Richard Carlson, Dont Sweat the Small Stuff