State of Mind: Affirmation and Activity Cards

If you have any questions about State of Mind cards, here's the place to look!

What are State of Mind cards?

You may be familiar with affirmations and their supposed power. It seems incredibly awkward, bizarre and false. We are often exposed to the idea that it isn't right to build yourself up, brag or recognise your strengths.

There is a scientific research that shows that we can maintain our sense of self-integrity through affirming what we believe (this is known as Self-Affirmation Theory). Affirmations aren't magic and we definitely don't believe that you can manifest yourself a completely different you. However, regular practice can make changes to the way you think and feel. From our experience, pairing an activity with an affirmation is an effective way to challenge negative thoughts.

We have adapted the activities and affirmations that we currently use with our clients, so that you can use them at home. Each day for 30 days, you'll take one affirmation and one activity. You can use the affirmation any way you wish, we suggest repeating it to yourself 3-5 times over the course of the day. You can write the affirmation down or carry the card with you to look at it. The activity can be used as a journal prompt, you can write the answers down or just consider them.

Doesn't it feel weird?

When you begin using affirmations, it can be odd. You might feel skeptical. Affirmations only work when you are reflecting and building on your core personal values, so it's not helpful to affirm something that doesn't match with your global narrative.

Some of the activities may seem a little odd, such as the superhero pose, but believe us. We've crafted each activity using research. Give each one a go, you've got nothing to lose.

 

What are affirmations?

Affirmations are positive statements or phrases, written in the first person, designed to challenge negative thoughts. Affirmation usually start with 'I am...'. We have crafted our affirmations and activities to help you get the best from your day.

How do affirmations work? What is the research?

Using affirmations as a tool are based on Self Affirmation Theory (Steele, 1988). We all have a global narrative about ourselves, that we are moral, good and flexible to change. This is our self-identity which we seek to maintain. Maintaining our self-identity is about being competent and adequate in areas that we personally value. This is why when we all consider what it means to be 'good', 'strong' or 'successful' we all have our own interpretations. We maintain our self-identity by acting in ways which reinforces our global narrative.

There is MRI evidence which shows that certain neural pathways are increased when we practice self-affirmation tasks (if you want to be specific about which neural pathways, you can head to our website to link to the research (Cascio et al., 2016)). A study (Falk et al., 2015) suggests that by practicing affirmations, we're able to view otherwise-theratening information as more self-relevant and valuable. Affirmations have been used in interventions that led to a change in their behaviour (Cooke et al., 2014) and have been been demonstrated to lower stress and help with the tendency to linger on negative experiences (Koole et al., 1999; Weisenfeld et al., 2001).

When we are able to replace negative messages with positive affirmations, we re-construct the narratives we have about ourselves and what we can accomplish.

 

How do I use State of Mind cards?

To use an affirmation, you simply need to repeat it to yourself. With our cards, each day for 30 days, you'll take one affirmation and one activity. You can use the affirmation any way you wish, we suggest repeating it to yourself 3-5 times over the course of the day. You can write the affirmation down or carry the card with you to look at it. The activity can be used as a journal prompt, you can write the answers down or just consider them. After you've worked through all 30 days, you can start again or even use the tools we've given you to create your own cards.

Why should I buy these instead of using free ones available on the internet?

It's true, there are many free affirmations out there on the web. You can even create your own. What makes ours special is that we've carefully selected each affirmation and crafted an activity, based in scientific research, to guide you in the right direction. Each affirmation is realistic, each activity only takes a few minutes. We have adapted the tools we use with our clients into a tool you can use at home, without needing to purchase our services, you're carrying us in your pocket.


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