Do you struggle with negative thoughts and memories from your childhood? If so, you are not alone. Childhood trauma can have a lasting impact on our lives, often leading to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
One of the first steps to healing from childhood trauma is to become aware of the negative thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back. It is only when you are acknowledge these negative thoughts that you can begin to challenge and reframe them.
One way to do this is through positive affirmations. Positive affirmations are short, powerful statements that can help to change your thinking and improve your mood.
How do I make positive affirmations?
There is no one right way to make affirmations, but a few tips can help you get started.
First, try to make your affirmations personal and specific to you. For example, “I am strong and capable” is a better affirmation than “I am a good person.” Also, be sure to make your affirmations present tense and in the first person. For example, “I am healing” is better than “I will heal.”
Another tip is to say your affirmations out loud, multiple times a day. Repetition will help to embed the affirmations into your subconscious mind, where they can begin to change your thinking and improve your mood.
You can also write your affirmations down, or create a vision board with images and words that represent your desired future.
Some examples of positive affirmations to help you heal from childhood trauma include:
“I am worthy of love and happiness.”
“I am not my past.”
“Today I choose peace.”
“I am strong and capable.”
“My trauma does not define who I am as a person.”
“I can get through anything.”
“My mind, body, and spirit belong to me.”
“I am in control of my own life.”
“I am safe.”
“Today I am prioritising myself.”
“I am healing.”
“I am not alone.”
If you are struggling to come up with your own affirmations, there are many books and websites that offer lists of affirmations.
The following are some suggestions from Amazon.
You can also try searching for specific affirmations on Pinterest or Google. Just remember to make them personal and specific to you.
Another approach is to address the child you used to be and let them know that they are now safe.
“You are not alone. I am here for you.”
“You are safe now.”
“It is okay to feel scared, but you are no longer in danger.”
These are just a few examples of positive affirmations that can help heal your childhood trauma. Start small and build up from there. The more you practice making positive affirmations, the more they will become a part of your daily thoughts and belief system. Give yourself time and be patient with yourself.
If you are struggling with negative thoughts and memories of childhood trauma, I encourage you to give affirmations a try. With time and practice, these affirmations can help to change your thinking, improve your mood, and increase your overall sense of well-being.
You may be surprised at how powerful they can be. Good luck on your journey of healing!
For Further Reading
You might also want to check out the following posts about narcissistic families and the impact of childhood trauma:
- SoNM (Sons of Narcissistic Mothers)
- SoNF (Sons of Narcissistic Fathers)
- DoNF (Daughters of Narcissistic Fathers)
- DoNM (Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers)
- ACoNs (Adult Children of Narcissists)
- Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers: What You Need to Know
- The Narcissistic Family Golden Child
- The Narcissistic Family Scapegoat
- The Narcissistic Parent and the Enabler
- Narcissistic Family Roles: The Complicated Dynamics of Narcissistic Families
- Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Family Abuse
- Emotional Abuse as a Child Linked to Adult Chronic Pain
- CAPDR – Child affected by parental relationship distress
- Adverse Childhood Experiences and PTSD: What’s the Connection?
- The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Puberty
- Learning how to Trust and Love after Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Parentification: The Role of the Parentified Child in Narcissistic Families
- What is Codependency and how to overcome it
- Resilience – the ability to bounce back after adversity
- Is the Golden Child destined to become a Narcissist?
- Secrets and Shame: The Corrosive Impact of Family Secrets
- How to Deal with a Narcissistic Sibling: Tips for Navigating Family Drama
- Going through the stages of grief for my lost childhood
And finally, this is my story. I was the scapegoat daughter of a narcissistic father.
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