By Anna Ceesay
creative mentor and mum-of-two nicola rae-wickham explains:
Nicola: An affirmation is just a statement you make about yourself, or about your situation. Many of us spend much of our lives telling ourselves, “I can’t do this, I can’t do that, I’m such an idiot” – that information is going round and round in our heads – and that’s a negative affirmation. What we’re doing with positive affirmations is taking those statements and turning them around. So many of the women I work with do that negative thinking, and starting to practice positive affirmations is such a simple way of being able to catch that behaviour. It starts at such a young age; I’ve already noticed how negativity is starting to seep in with my 5 year old daughter, on quite an unconscious level. So we try to undo those, in the car on the way to school, by saying positive affirmations together.
Anna: What would you say to someone who isn’t sure about using affirmations?
Nicola: It’s easy and simple. Affirmations can be done anywhere, at any time of the day. You might have an affirmation card in your wallet, and every time you open it, you see it. Or it’s on your phone, and when you look at it, it’s a reminder.
Anna: Tell me more about your new project.
Nicola: I realised that, although I make affirmation cards specifically for women, a lot of my clients were using them with their kids. Natalie Costa, a friend of mine who uses affirmation techniques with children, suggested we create some cards just for kids, and that’s what we’re doing! They’re called Power Cards and are designed to help children with their confidence, as well as dealing with challenges and managing their feelings, all in an empowering way. We want to teach them a lifelong tool that will help them through many situations.