One of the hazards of being a caregiver is that it can be difficult to keep your attitude positive. You may also feel as if you’re not meeting expectations, either yours or those of other people. Using affirmations is an easy way to work through some of those feelings. Working through issues you’re struggling with is a lot easier when your self-talk is more positive.
Find Some Affirmations That Work for You
Affirmations are positive statements that are easy for you to remember and to repeat. The repetition is what’s really important about them. Affirmations should be something that resonates with you and they generally, but not always, start with “I.” Something like, “I’m doing the best that I can,” or “I don’t have to control everything” might be good affirmations for you. Look at your needs and find positive statements that help you to support those needs.
Write Them in Your Journal
Again, repetition is the magic factor of affirmations. The idea is that when you say negative things to yourself, you almost always repeat those statements often. Repeating positive statements gives you a chance to counteract that negativity. Writing your affirmations in your journal, either as a list that you rewrite regularly or multiple times in a journaling session, is a good way to help cement those words in your mind.
Keep Them Where You Can See Them
It also helps a lot if you see your affirmations periodically throughout your day. Keeping them on sticky notes throughout your home, in your car, and anywhere else you’re likely to see them easily and often can really help. If you’re shy about using affirmations, keeping them where only you can see them can help.
Repeat Your Affirmations Every Day
Say your affirmations out loud to yourself at least once a day. Find a few minutes at the beginning or at the end of your day to go through the affirmations you’re using right now and repeat them. Some people find it helps to say them into the mirror, because they can look at themselves while they’re saying their affirmations. Do whatever works for you.
It’s hard work to be a caregiver over time. Your self-esteem and your stress levels take a real beating. If you’re doing things that help to support yourself, like using positive affirmations, that can go a long way toward helping you to keep your spirits high.