Positive affirmations are an accessible way to create self-empowerment. By repeating these uplifting statements throughout the day, we can refocus and retrain our negative thoughts. They encourage us to discover what nourishes confidence and can release us from a cycle of self-sabotage.
Affirmations are like a positive mantra for radical self-care. By reciting them out loud to ourselves they can become part of a wellness routine that can be used whenever needed. Daily positive affirmations alongside the practices of using a reflection journal have been known to make accessing supportive thoughts about ourselves a lot easier; our emotional self-care is as essential as our physical well-being.
These brief, repeatable phrases are designed to build resiliency and show ourselves some kindness. They won’t cure stress, anxiety, depression or be the answer to all our problems but they can be part of a useful emotional/mental health toolkit. It’s equally noteworthy that these suggested affirmations and writing prompts should never be used to tell someone that is struggling through something to “just think positively”; as a response, this is extremely dismissive and toxic and needs to be retired.
Here are some useful daily affirmations and corresponding journal prompts to help boost encouraging thoughts, feelings and attitudes …
- I have many blessings in my life. | List five things you are grateful for.
- I can overcome my fears and pursue my dreams. | Write three action points that will help you move towards your personal aspirational goals.
- I can overcome obstacles and journey onwards with intention. | Write about a time when you conquered a setback and it helped create a new mindset/outlook.
- I have the power to create change and make beneficial choices. | Identify some bad practices you want to shift away from and create a list of positive habits you’re going to replace them with. Include how you’re going to do this.
- I recognize my self-worth. | Brainstorm the things that make you proud of yourself — include what others appreciate about you (ask them).
- I am open to receiving love. | Write this on some post-it notes and put them in strategic places so you can remind yourself of this whenever you see them. List two ways you’re going to practice self-care today.
- I will be intentional with my words and speak to/about myself with the kindness I deserve. | Post a card/letter to yourself where you’ve written five compliments about yourself. Do this once or twice a month (more often if needed) to establish a thoughtful routine.
It can be challenging at first to deliver these affirmations out loud; we’ve been conditioned to believe it’s silly and selfish to spend time on ourselves. But self-care doesn’t involve ego. It’s about understanding our own value; knowing we’re worthy of all the good that comes our way and honing the necessary skills to ride out the bad.
NAMI Helpline – a free, nationwide U.S. resource that offers experienced peer-support guidance and advice
CheckPoint – global (by country) resources for mental health support