Research studies have shown that youth today are experiencing higher rates of depression. Oftentimes, this can include low self-esteem and loss of motivation. Negative and distorted thought patterns may contribute to or worsen these symptoms. Parents should always seek professional help if they believe their child or teen is depressed. However, teaching healthy and appropriate coping skills in childhood can help prevent these symptoms later on and allow children to learn to manage them effectively. Positive affirmations for kids help teach coping through changing negative thoughts into positive ones. This in turn can help influence feelings of self-worth, increase motivation, and lead to greater satisfaction in life. I’ve created positive affirmation cards that can be used for kids, teens, and even adults to encourage healthy coping and create a positive mindset.
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What are Affirmations?
Affirmations are small phrases or sentences we tell ourselves to help motivate, empower, or change negative or distorted thoughts. It is the foundation upon which Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was based. That is, the notion that changing our thoughts can lead to changes in our behaviors.
Researchers have found a correlation between the impact of our thoughts on our emotions and behaviors. Therefore, affirmations can be a tool in which we combat those negative thoughts we may be predisposed to biologically, or those from our environment.
Why Affirmations are Powerful
As previously mentioned, affirmations have the power to change how we feel and how we act. When practiced often and effectively, this can have a tremendous impact on our lives. Furthermore, this effect can be felt and experienced without changing any of our life events or situations. Rather, we are actively working to change how we think about these events or situations.
Additionally, the minds of our children are growing and absorbing everything around them. By introducing kids to positive affirmations and encouraging them to use these, we can help promote positive thought patterns that may persist into adulthood.
It is no secret that positive thinking can change our world. Those who are grateful and confident, for example, are more likely to have healthy relationships with others, cope more effectively with symptoms of depression or anxiety, and better manage stress.
By giving your children such tools, you are preparing them for success in life: mentally, emotionally, and socially.
Kids are visual creatures so positive affirmation cards provide excitement and encouragement for them to actually use them. These cards not only provide examples of affirmations to use, but also serve as a visual reminder to practice them regularly.
How to Use Affirmations Effectively
There are several ways in which kids or teens can use affirmations effectively. There really is no right or wrong here, as long as it works for your child. Many people may recite positive affirmations to themselves out loud or in their head. They may choose a certain time of day to practice this or do it sporadically throughout the day.
Others may write their affirmations down, such as in a journal, or use their positive affirmation cards. To do so, kids may add them to their coping skills box, or print them out and stick them on a mirror or place where they will be reminded to use them frequently.
Choosing a quiet time and place to practice self-affirmations is also a great way to encourage children to practice mindfulness.
I hope you enjoyed these free printable positive affirmations for kids. What affirmations do you use? Please sharing by leaving a comment below!