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Affirmations & Journaling

Writing Prompts For Daily Positive Affirmations

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.

Further Info:

Want To Be Happier? Evidence-Based Tricks To Get You There – NPR

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

58 thoughts on “Writing Prompts For Daily Positive Affirmations”

  1. I really like the idea of your writing prompts with these affirmations. That’s a brilliant way to help ourselves see and believe those positive statements. I used to have what I call my “negative tapes” that played over and over in my mind. Like you say, it is a process to retrain our thoughts, but it is so worthwhile because we truly are worthy of care.


    1. That’s exactly what I’ve found, using the affirmations with writing/journaling prompts really helps focus my intentions and belief in what I’m saying. It’s almost an evidence-based approach to affirmations because you’re right, we all deserve to fully realize our worth.

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  2. These are great prompts. I love the post-it notes idea, I am quite a forgetful person so I’m bound to surprise myself with nice words from myself.


  3. Some great ideas here! I really need to get back into journalling so this is fab!

    Amber | The Unpredicted Page


  4. I love the idea of using positive affirmations as writing prompts, what a cool idea! That’s perfect for journalling to cheer you up, thanks for sharing 🙂


  5. These are fantastic prompts for daily positive affirmations. I love positive affirmations so much. They are incredibly helpful and they’ve been a game changer for me. I have never thought of using affirmations as journal prompts but this sounds like a fab idea. I have to give it a try! Thank you for sharing!


  6. I love positive affirmations. They really help me to change my mindset. But I haven’t used them as writing prompts so I would love to give them a try. thank you for sharing! x


  7. I love all the positivity that affirmations provide and your list is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing.


  8. Lovely post, Molly! I love writing down affirmations as I’m a visual person so when I look down on an affirmation I wrote, it inspires me! Thanks for sharing x

    Lynn |


  9. Thank you for the list of positive affirmations! I love how you included things to add on to the affirmations to make them even more meaningful. I am going to write these in my journal tonight. Thank you for sharing and creating such a positive space!


  10. I like this: “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.” Said to self with consistency, they will start to seep into the subconscious and change beliefs. Nice post!


  11. I have recently been telling myself I have so many blessings in my life. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with negative thoughts that I forgot to see all the good in my life. Thank you for this reminder.


    1. I was experiencing a lot of inner negative thoughts about myself too that I had to do something to improve my mental health. Affirmations seemed silly at first but they really do make a difference. It’s so good that you’re now telling yourself positve things and recognizing the blessings in life — keep doing that, you deserve it!


  12. I love these prompts, it actually works, this bring self-confidence and strength to anything you wish to achieve. Daily affirmations are a great way to start your day and to keep your head up no matter what. I love this, you’ve got great ideas for journaling.

    Inna |


  13. I love writing about things you are grateful for, it really puts things into perspective. And I think it really starts the day/ends the day on a good note.


  14. Thank you for writing these. Lately I’ve been struggling with speaking positively to myself. I’m printing this out and putting it in my journal as a reminder to repeat these affirmations every time I open it.


    1. I’m struggling with this too — it got really bad and I’m actively trying to work on this. I hope you find these useful as they have really helped me and been a great way to retrain my inner dialogue. Thank you so much for reading!


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