4 Tips for Creating and Implementing Affirmations

Daily affirmations (I call them Power Statements) are a healthy tool for children and teens (adults, too!) to have in their wellness tool kits. There is much research today about how effective daily affirmations and positive self talk are in rewiring the brain, decreasing stress and increasing self-confidence.  

There was a time when I was researching this topic and thought, “affirmations aren’t something that members of my church believe in or practice.”  Upon further reflection and study, I realized that we do encourage our youth to practice affirmations- and have for a very long time!  Check out the past and current young women and young men youth themes.  They are both just positive affirmations-and powerful ones! As a reminder to us adults, Nephi in the Book of Mormon uses affirmations to create a mindset of confidence and action before he embarks on his journey to acquire the brass plates from Laban by stating, “I will go and do.”
Affirmations are one of the tools I have found that helped me to increase my resilience and move forward from challenges and setbacks. I am a firm believer in their power and encourage families to start this habit-especially during challenging times such as we currently live in.
Here are some tips regarding self-affirmations:
1-Start with I AM or I WILL.
2- Keep them short (usually 6 words or less).
3-Write them down and keep them in a visible place (like a bathroom mirror).
4-Repeat them aloud.
Consistency in this practice is key.  Just as brushing your teeth every day will give you the most benefits and consistent impact for your dental health, practicing positive affirmations daily will give you the best results for your mental health and self-worth.  Set a timer in your phone each morning for when to practice this if that will help you get in the habit.

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Teen girls today are getting distracted form who they really are, the mission they came here to fulfill and forgetting their eternal value. They are believing Satan’s lies about who they are, where their values lies, and what they should be doing to find joy.

Guest Kristen Walker Smith provides insight about how we can help build them up to see themselves how God sees them. As a teen mentor, podcast host and the creator of many tools and resources for teen girls, Kristen provides many tools to get your teen started in the journey of realizing that they are elect youth!

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Episode 005: How to Become a Mental Health Advocate for Your Teen // Cheryl Cardall

Do you have a teen or child who faces mental health challenges?
Do you know what signs to look for that may indicate that mental health needs to be assessed and addressed? Guest Cheryl Cardall, host of the @FightLikeAMotherPodcast addresses these topics and more as she guides you through what steps to take to stand for and with your children and teens to advocate for their mental health needs.

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Learn powerful strategies from American Idol Alumni Katie Higley. After experiencing PTSD from a traumatic car accident, American Idol Alumni Katie Higley explains how she turned to music as a tool to help her overcome her challenges, develop resilience and find hope.

Listen to the full episode to hear more about an interesting study Katie describes that shows the positive impact it has on people when they sing together in unison. She will also give you an insightful tip about how you can create a song with any scripture or affirmation. It’s something she has her students do, and it’s powerful!

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Episode 002: Strengthening Today’s Youth: Echoing Captain Moroni’s Plea for Provisions

Are you the parent or religious leader of a teenager? If so, this episode is for you!
In this episode, I am discussing my passion for advocating that parents and leaders help children and teens utilize resources and tools that may help them overcome many of the unique challenges they face today. Did you know that Captain Moroni in the Book of Mormon was also passionate about tools and resources? Yep! He demanded them, as he knew they were a key to the success of his people. He called them provisions!

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