Positive self-talk is a powerful social-emotional tool that can help kids and young adults in many ways, from managing tough emotions to persevering through challenges. Reading positive affirmations, or sayings, in the morning is a healthy strategy to create a routine that builds our positive self-talk voice.
The power of positive self-talk is real. When used on a regular basis, positive self-talk can help build confidence, reduce stress, encourage risk-taking, improve mood, and promote a sense of happiness overall. By taking just a few minutes each day, we can teach kids and young adults skills they can use throughout their whole life.
So often, kids and young adults speak with a negative self-talk voice. Here are a few examples you might have heard:
- “This class is dumb.”
- “I can’t do this.”
- “I’m not good at math.”
- “I can’t believe I’m so stupid. How did I make that mistake?”
By explicitly teaching and practicing positive self-talk, we can help those students instead say things like:
- “Today will be a great day.”
- “If I work hard, I can do tough things.”
- “I am strong and beautiful.”
- “I make mistakes sometimes, and that’s okay.”
One of the most important ways to change negative self-talk to positive self-talk is to create an ongoing routine. It is truly a practice; one that requires effort, consistency, and encouragement. To create a positive morning routine, just use this free printable affirmations list and follow the simple steps to get started right away.
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Discuss the Importance of Positive Self-Talk
Explain to students that positive self-talk are the words we say to ourselves to provide encouragement. We might use positive self-talk before a tough test, when we feel overwhelmed with homework, or after something doesn’t go our way.
Read and Choose Affirmations
Have students highlight or circle their top affirmations. Encourage students to internalize the words and think about what they mean to them. It is helpful for every student to have their own individualized list of positive affirmations, so that it is personalized and special to them. Students can even come up with their very own positive affirmation statements.
Write a Positive Affirmation List
Have students list out their top ten affirmations on a piece of paper. After writing them out, students can color or design their affirmation list. This will be the set of affirmations kids and young adults will refer to day after day. While it’s true that they can go back and add or change statements, it’s helpful to have one static list to start.
Read Affirmations Each Morning
Students can keep this list in their folders, binders, or anywhere else that they will have access to it each morning. Start a morning ritual by giving 2-5 minutes each morning to read through their positive affirmations out loud to themselves (or silently, if you prefer).
Using Affirmations as a Coping Skill
Of course, morning isn’t the only time kids and teens can use their positive affirmations. Positive self-talk is a healthy coping skill. Teach them to pull them out and use them whenever they need them, such as before a challenging assessment or feeling let down by a friend.
Use these simple steps and this printable positive affirmations list to get your learners started. It will make a difference for now and in the future!