By Teachers, For Teachers
If you struggle with anxiety, then positive self-talk can help. For many in the teaching profession, anxiety is just part of the job. If you’re not worrying about your students, then you’re worrying about what you need to get done or how well you did in the teaching profession. This constant worrying can take a toll on you. Using daily affirmations is one way that many teachers are dealing with their anxiety. Affirmations help to develop a positive atmosphere in the teaching profession. They can help you stay calm and encourage you to feel confident when things get rough throughout your day. Here we’ll take a look at why you should use daily affirmations to help deal with your anxiety, as well as look at a few of the most effective quotes for teachers.
An affirmation is a statement that is said to be true. They are short, powerful statements that you say to yourself with confidence. They can help you get rid of negative self-talk or help you focus on your goals. Many of us have negative thoughts throughout the day, and using daily affirmations is a powerful way to drive positive change into your life.
Whether you’re reading someone else’s affirmations or creating your own, using them can be an empowering experience. You are essentially choosing how you want to think. You can program yourself to believe whatever it is that you want to believe. If you’re having a hard time believing that you’re making a difference in your students’ lives, then you may use the affirmation of “I am making a difference in my students’ lives” or “The work that I’m doing matters.” You can recite this positive affirmations to yourself over and over again. While it may seem uncomfortable to you at first, the power of affirmations is repetition.
Regular affirmations allow us to become more in tune with ourselves. According to the Positive Psychology Program, self-help statements do more than just make us feel better, they can help eliminate negative thoughts, keep us in a positive mood, and increase our mental well-being. Optimistic people tend to be healthier and happier than less positive people. So practicing daily affirmations can help to not sweat the small stuff, as well as help you not get too overwhelmed with the little things that aren’t that important.
Psychology Today suggests a few ways that you can make daily affirmations work for you. The first step is writing down anything negative. As a teacher, you may have some self-doubt about your abilities to teach. If this sounds like you, then you would write this down. Next, you would turn that negative statement into a positive affirmation. For example, if you always think that you’re not good enough as a teacher, then you would create a powerful affirmation like, “I’m a remarkable teacher and I’m amazing at my job.” The next step is repetition -- this is where it will to make the most difference in your life. You must repeat your affirmation a few times a day -- ideally when you wake up in the morning, sometime in the afternoon, and before you go to sleep at night. Psychologists suggest to try and really feel what you are saying as you are saying it. They also suggest to look at yourself in the mirror as you are speaking. Affirmations can be a powerful tool as long as you try and figure out what thought is opposing them first, then take the time to say them each day.
Here are a few positive affirmations that you can say to yourself daily.
While you may not always feel like you deserve the “World’s Greatest Teacher” mug, you must know that you’re not alone. We are in this together. Positive self-talk can reduce stress and anxiety just as long as you remember to practice it daily.
Do you practice daily affirmations in the teaching profession? What are some of your favorites? Please share your thoughts on this topic in the comment section below, we’d love to hear what you have to say.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.