For the examples listed previously, some corresponding affirmations might be:
• “There are many things I do very well.”
• “I have friends who really care about me.”
• “I am smart.”
Ideally, affirmations become a habit. Every time a young person “hears” that reflexive negative thought, they can stop and practice the corresponding affirmation. It can be repeated in one’s mind or out loud, depending on the situation, anywhere from three to ten times.
The greatest value of an affirmation is how it helps young people see negative beliefs are not necessary “the truth.” Adopting affirmations gives them the power to push back and ask “Is this really how it is?”
Affirmations are just one type of self-reflection that can help teens and adolescents access their own inner strength and develop positive coping mechanisms. This helps them manage their emotions and stand up to challenging situations in life.
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