How to improve Mental Health and use Work Affirmations in your Workplace

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Work Affirmations

The average person works from the age of 16 to 65, and when you think about it, that’s a lot of time spent in a work environment. Although jobs chop and change throughout this period of your working life, if you truly want to change your attitude to work and enjoy what you do, then you need to start by changing your mind! Now, your question might be – how can I love my job? Or how can I love any job for that matter?

Well, the answer is in positive affirmations and the power of the mind. Let’s take a look at some of the ways positive affirmations can work to change the mind and some great work affirmations that you can use daily to cultivate a positive attitude toward your job.

Identifying negative thoughts and negative self-talk

Every thought creates energy in your body, and the more negative thoughts you hold onto, the more negative energy you store in your body. If you are finding yourself feeling stuck at work, struggling with your sense of self-worth or self-esteem, or accumulating too many stressful situations, then it could be time to check-in with your mind.

Is it really your difficult colleagues that are causing you so much mental pain? Or have you perhaps been neglecting your own self-care routine?

Coworkers bring out both the best and the worst in us in a work environment, but if you are finding that you are constantly in challenging situations, it may be time to look inwards rather than letting your negative feelings leak outwards and into your office space.

Take a moment now to think of a few recent situations in which you felt stressed. Have these situations been caused directly by your colleagues? Or do you think there is a chance that you could have dealt with them better if you didn’t feel stressed at the time?

For professional growth, and to reach your career goals, you must also start working on your own success story. Find a daily routine that works for you to create positive change in your daily life, so that you can handle whatever life throws at you a little better!

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What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are positive statements, written or spoken in the present tense, that create a new way of thinking in your mind.

Positive affirmations work by bringing positive energy into your thoughts, and when repeated enough can create a new neural pathway in the brain.

Positive affirmations often (but not always) start with the words “I AM” to reaffirm that this belief applies to you.

For example:

  • I am on the right career path
  • I am strong and powerful
  • I am appreciated in my job
  • I am managing my stress levels

You can create your own positive affirmations for work by writing affirmations that feel suitable for you and the next step on your career path.

How do positive affirmations create a positive mindset?

Positive affirmations build confidence and create positive changes in the mind. They do this by stating positive sentences that are spoken in the present tense, to give one the sensation that this sentence is already true.

This can disrupt negative thought patterns and instead, stimulate the reward centers in the brain. This creates a wave of positive thinking that can help one to remain calm and start attracting success. It can even help one to believe that they are worthy enough of living their dream life.

Scientific evidence even tells us that using positive affirmations regularly can have a lasting positive impact for months or even years.

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How to practice positive affirmations for work

If you are ready to see new professional growth, a more productive day, or manifest your dream job, then it is time to start practicing positive affirmations for work.

Depending on what aspect you need to focus on, whether it be having trust that you are having a positive impact at work, or you need to feel calm enough to transform obstacles into new lessons, or perhaps you just want to feel fully prepared for the work stress that is bound to arrive next month, you can use powerful affirmations to see positive things happen.

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The best time to use positive affirmations

It is best to use affirmations daily, to create a stronger and more positive work mindset. This can be done by setting a time for daily affirmations. Either choose first thing upon waking, or you may like to choose the time you brush your teeth and speak the affirmations to yourself in the mirror for a powerful effect! This kind of timing will set you up with positive thoughts for another day of work life.

If you want to use more integrating affirmations, for example, to come back from work feeling satisfied with your day, to reaffirm the good relations you created, or to feel good with your current work confidence, then you may choose to speak your affirmations in the evening. This could be as you lay down in bed, or more actively as you reflect upon your day, preparing your to-do list for tomorrow and thinking about the great ideas you have to achieve success tomorrow. Your final thoughts for the day will help to reaffirm the learning experience of the day.

Another way to use affirmations throughout everyday life is to write down a few of your favorite workplace affirmations on sticky notes and place them around your house, or workplace where you will be able to read these daily positive affirmations. Colorful sticky notes are best so they stand out brightly and bring joy to your day!

You may also choose to just quickly state one or two affirmations during your lunch break to pick your energy back up after a tough morning. Positive affirmations for work are designed to be flexible so that you can work affirmations into any part of your day.

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Now, if you are ready to give it a go and try some work positive affirmations, then the meditation below is for you.

A guided meditation to read before you start work

As you are preparing for work today, take a few moments to be in stillness. You can either sit as you are, or you may choose to stand in front of a mirror. Wherever you are, be in a place where you can speak the following affirmations out loud and clear.

The following positive affirmations for work are designed to increase your joy in your work life.

Straighten your spine, lift your head up high and allow a sense of confidence to fill your body.

Inhale calmness, arriving in the present moment. Exhale negative energy and negative emotions that are holding you back from being your best self.

Now, speak these positive affirmations for work out loud:

  • I am a valuable asset to my team.
  • I am appreciated for my work.
  • I look after my well-being and work on a schedule that feels good for me.
  • I easily maintain good relations in my workplace.
  • I create a healthy balance between my work life and my social life.
  • I can handle stressful situations, and I can thrive in challenging situations.
  • I feel supported in my work.
  • I appreciate the ability to work each day.
  • I am grateful for the opportunities and lessons that my working life has brought me.

Take a moment to just absorb these affirmations. You may also notice other affirmations coming up that want to be spoken, so allow those words to be expressed too.

These work-positive affirmations will allow you to feel appreciated, valued, and confident in your job role. Self-affirmations are a tool for coming back to regularly to concretize the notion of these positive thoughts in your mind and to make small daily changes that will eventually lead to a fulfilled working life.

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Other ways to use positive affirmations

If you are seeking new ways to incorporate positive affirmations into your life aside from work, here are a few ideas:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are statements spoken in the present tense to create a positive thought pattern in the brain. Affirmations are usually repeated regularly to have a longer-lasting effect.

How can I use positive affirmations at work?

You can use affirmations either before or after work, but you can use them during working hours, either by writing a list or putting a sticky note on your computer monitor to remind you of the positive thought that you are working on cultivating. For example, you may not feel as though your work is being valued, but you can practice reaffirming your own value by saying throughout the day: “I am a valuable team member” or “I am seen and heard in my workplace.”

What are some of the best affirmations for me to use to feel better at work?

These will vary depending on the specific aspect of your working life that you want to improve. Here are some examples you could try, or alternatively, write some of your own and see how they feel.

If you want to build confidence at work:
I am valued at my workplace, what I do is seen and heard.
I have creative ideas and I share them freely.
I value my own work, and I value my team members.

If you want to look forward to each working day:
I am energized and ready to begin my day.
Going to the office fills me with joy. I am excited about the connections I will make today.
I see so many beautiful things on my way to work.

If you want to find purpose in your job:
I know that I am having a positive impact on the world today.
Every small action that I take, matters to someone.
I am in control of my reactions today, and I choose to react with kindness.

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About Gemma Clarke

Gemma Clarke is a certified and experienced yoga & meditation instructor. She has been practicing meditation since 2014 and teaching since 2018. Gemma specializes in yoga and mindfulness for emotional wellbeing, and she has taught in Thailand, Cambodia, and the UK. Gemma is passionate about sharing her expertise and experience with meditation to inspire others to live more mindfully, becoming happier, healthier, and calmer. Follow me: Instagram | LinkedIn

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