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Positive Affirmation Exercises for Teenagers

Being a teenager can be one of the most challenging experiences in life. Positive affirmations can help a teen keep the focus on what is true and desired in life instead of all of the distractions and questions that a teen will face. Self-talk and positive affirmations can influence a teen's entire sense of self, and can contribute to a healthy attitude and prosocial behaviors, according to Sander Thomaes of the Department of Psychology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Daily Affirmation List

Help your teen with her positive affirmations 12. One way to do this is ask her to write one positive statement about herself each day for a year.

Positive Attributes

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Test the research by Thomaes that indicates positive affirmations can help your teen develop a "stronger sense of who they are." And then ask him to think about these traits. What does that trait say about you? Are you strong, calm, caring, considerate, funny? How does it benefit your life? Are you able to be alone without feeling lonely or do you have many friends you feel supported by?

  • Test the research by Thomaes that indicates positive affirmations can help your teen develop a "stronger sense of who they are."
  • And then ask him to think about these traits.

Morning, Evening, or In the Mirror

Keep them in the present tense and make sure they feel right. Revise as necessary. Ask your teen to say them in the morning as he wakes up, and then right before bed, or in the mirror. It's okay if it feels funny at first; with practice, he will get used to talking kindly to himself.

  • Keep them in the present tense and make sure they feel right.
  • Ask your teen to say them in the morning as he wakes up, and then right before bed, or in the mirror.

Creative Visualization

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visualization. According to Annie Desantis of Inspired Parenting Tips, creative visualization can enhance the experience of using affirmations. As you say a statement to yourself, close your eyes and imagine how that affirmation can be true. For example, when helping creating visualizations for your teen, if you are saying to yourself "I am a powerful person," that brings bring to mind how you are powerful in positive ways in your life. The trick then is to focus deeply on how good that feels. Help your teen notice what he looks like, feels like, or sounds like in the visualization, and ask him to take a picture with his senses to access when he feels stressed or when you want to focus your energy in a positive way.

  • According to Annie Desantis of Inspired Parenting Tips, creative visualization can enhance the experience of using affirmations.
  • Help your teen notice what he looks like, feels like, or sounds like in the visualization, and ask him to take a picture with his senses to access when he feels stressed or when you want to focus your energy in a positive way.
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