This is another exercise I developed on my own when I was in the midst of the worst of the anxiety disorders. During those times the negative thoughts racing through my mind was unrelenting. This was a few years ago, prior to me being prescribed anxiety medication. I had so much anxiety from running a business as a realtor and not even knowing that had I had an anxiety issue. I knew I had depression from previous diagnosis and history with my family but I hadn't even yet learned that anxiety disorders were even a diagnosable medical issue.
It was at a point where I was having insomnia and I was just so tense, nervous and worried all the time. I did not have any joy or peace of mind.
I think I remembered a snippet from the movie ," The Secret" or a section of Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich", I began to repeat positive words or phrases to myself over and over again, just to calm my mind and help me get to sleep.
"Happiness, Peace, Joy, Contentment, Calmness, Love, Joy, Abundance, Freedom, Calmness, Relaxation, Love, Happiness..." and so on, with any positive thought that you can name or comes into your head.
I did this so it would after a few minutes relax my mind for a little bit and allow me to sleep more easily.
Eventually, retraining your brain to have the capability to have positive thoughts will prepare you for affirmation statements. And at that stage, you will really feel your mind improve.
I feel I'm at that stage now and it feels great.