Our mindset consists of a set of established attitudes and beliefs that we use to make sense of the world around us; often helping to determine our place within it. What we internalize and allow to be reflected back is connected to how we deal with the ups and downs of life; which in turn is both influenced by, and dependent on how we perceive ourselves. In short, how we talk to ourselves matters.
Important Note: If you’re struggling with thoughts of helplessness, self-harm and/or suicide; affirmations are not intended as a replacement for professional/medical mental health support. If you need further assistance, some resources have been included at the end of this article.
Nurturing a mentality that encourages us to follow opportunities, problem solve or take care of our mental well-being builds strength and adaptability. Allowing ourselves to shift our mindset, especially when facing challenges, opens up the possibility to move from merely surviving to actively thriving.
Uplifting and reassuring statements that are repeated regularly become affirmations that have an effect on conscious and subconscious thinking that impacts how we feel about ourselves; directly feeding into how we respond to what’s going on around us. Affirmations can be implemented to interrupt and challenge negative thinking; launching the motivation needed to attract the things we want out of life.
Using affirmations for the first time can feel a bit clumsy or awkward, but whether said out loud, spoken internally or written in a journal; these meaningful and uplifting statements can begin to seep into our way of thinking and help improve how we approach daily life. The key to an affirmation being successful is consistency; an effort worth making every day to shift our outlook away from beliefs that no longer serve us.
Here are 12 affirmations that can improve your mindset …
- I can create the changes I need.
- As I learn to release what holds me back I am welcoming the opportunity for new growth.
- I am resourceful and can learn new things.
- I am capable of facing challenges.
- I am cultivating habits that help me flourish and grow.
- I am choosing to value myself because I deserve self-compassion and love.
- There are many things I can do to improve my day.
- I am knowledgeable, capable, complex and nuanced; I am not defined by my past.
- Rest is a necessary way to refuel my day; productivity is not a measure of my value.
- My healing will take time; I trust in the process and look forward to where it may lead.
- I can build emotional strength by showing myself compassion and love; I am enough.
- I give myself permission to do what is right for me; I will create space for learning and personal development.
The affirmations above are designed to encourage better communication with our emotional health. Reciting them daily can build resiliency that sustains us through moments of doubt, weariness, difficulty or stress. Affirmations are a useful health and wellness resource that can bring much needed comfort; we all deserve to show ourselves kindness, patience and loving care.
Do you use affirmations? How are you taking care of your emotional well-being?
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