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Affirmations & Journaling

How To End Your Day With Positive Affirmations

Saying positive affirmations before going to bed can help calm our minds, reduce stress levels and promote a more optimistic and encouraging outlook for the next day; they can also help reinforce a sense of self-empowerment.

Studies have shown affirmations can have a constructive and beneficial impact on our mental health and overall well-being. It may feel a little awkward to express something positive to ourselves but repeating these optimistic and reassuring statements can reprogram our negative thought patterns; cultivating a mindset that improves self-esteem, manages stress and anxiety and increases motivation.

Affirmations alone are not a substitute for specialist help in treating mental health issues; they’re an effective tool to use when we need to give ourselves an emotional boost. It’s important to note that if we’re struggling with thoughts of helplessness, self-harm and/or suicide; affirmations should never replace professional/medical support. If further assistance is required, some resources have been included at the end of this article.

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How To Use Positive Affirmations

There’s no right or wrong way to use affirmations; they can be said out loud, repeated as an internal meditation or even written down in a journal. What’s most important is that we feel relaxed and won’t be interrupted when trying them out — they aren’t time consuming, but they do require some focus.

Personal affirmations are statements we repeat to ourselves that resonate with us or counteract a specific negative thought/experience. They don’t have to be perfectly worded or detailed; their job is to help convey and visualize self-compassion and/or confidence. Even if at first we don’t fully believe the messaging; after a little bit of time, positive affirmations can help reset our frame of mind and improve our well-being.

The best time to use positive affirmations is whenever we need to uplift or comfort ourselves; there’s never a bad moment for a quick mental redirection or pick-me-up. Many people, however, find it helpful to incorporate them into their daily routine first thing in the morning or just before they go to bed. Finding what works for us is key to successfully focusing on our own capabilities and self-worth.

How To Write Your Own Affirmations

Coming up with our own daily affirmations is relatively easy; they can be as broad or specific as needed. It all starts with identifying the areas of our lives that we want to improve or the feelings/situations we have to work through. Once we’ve established their function, we can then write short, positive statements that reflect the change or encouragement we want to see. Using present tense is advised as affirmations are meant to reinforce, conceptualize and manifest auspicious thinking and beliefs.

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Remembering the following five points will help when writing and using positive affirmations:

1 | Identify what needs to be improved.

2 | Use specific, positive statements that affirm a desired outcome.

3 | Use present tense language to make affirmations more powerful.

4 | Repeat affirmations daily, ideally in the morning and/or before bed.

5 | Believe in the affirmations and trust that they will help us achieve our goals.

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. | Jean Shinoda Bolen

End Your Day With Positive Affirmations

No matter what kind of day we’ve had, it’s always a good idea to provide ourselves with a chance to quiet our mind and foster self-compassion. Whether our time has been filled with productivity and happiness or struggles and mistakes; there’s usually something to take stock of or consciously process in a more healthy way.

Here are 15 positive night-time affirmations to choose from:

  • I release all of today’s worries and doubts; I trust in my ability to find the solutions I need.
  • I forgive myself for any mistakes I made today; they will become lessons I can carry forward with me.
  • I trust that everything I did today will work out for my highest good.
  • I did my best today and I am grateful for all the blessings that are yet to come my way.
  • I trust in the journey of my life; I appreciate the challenges that help me grow and learn.
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  • I am capable of achieving my goals and dreams; I will rest and then begin fresh in the morning.
  • I am healthy, happy, and whole; I am deserving of success and abundance.
  • I am confident in my abilities and my worth; my value is innate.
  • A new day is an opportunity to radiate positivity and kindness towards others as well as to myself.
  • I can surround myself with encouraging energy and love; I am deserving of this.
  • I am at peace with myself and my life.
  • I trust in the natural rhythm of life.
  • I am ready for peaceful and rejuvenating sleep; I am worthy of a good night’s rest.
  • I am looking forward to what a new day will bring; I accept I am growing and learning.
  • I trust my inner wisdom to guide me through a new day; I am open to new opportunities and experiences.

Affirmations are not about achieving perfection or forcing ourselves to think positively; their purpose is to cultivate encouragement and mental/emotional resilience. Self-talk that improves our mindset involves consistent effort; if we get used to focusing on our strengths and/or optimism we can often guide ourselves through challenges or onto the next steps in personal growth.

It’s time to put aside any awkwardness or scepticism about using positive affirmations and give them a try. Reprogramming our subconscious mind to seek out and place emphasis on nourishing thoughts and beliefs is an essential life skill. Learning how to find and tap into a deeper sense of inner peace is something many of us put off until we need it. Harnessing hopefulness and empathy towards ourselves is not indulgent or selfish; it’s how we fortify the boundaries that support us.  

Which night-time affirmations resonated with you? Do you talk to yourself with compassion?

Further Info:

NAMI Helpline – a free, nationwide U.S. resource that offers experienced peer-support guidance and advice, including LGBTQ+

CheckPoint – global (by country) resources for mental health support

Safe In Our World – a list of global (by country) LGBTQ+ mental health resources and support

56 thoughts on “How To End Your Day With Positive Affirmations”

  1. I really loved this! I’ve never been one to use affirmations as I was never really sure how to do it/where to begin and this was such a good guide💫


  2. Love this post! I’ve challenged myself to journal every morning and night with affirmations and such, so this is really helpful. Definitely going to use some of these, thank you so much for sharing! Ending the day on positivity before bed has been making such a difference to my mindset.


  3. I don’t know if I’d call it an affirmation, but I often need a reminder at bedtime that I have done enough today. And that little by little, a little becomes a lot. I tend to overestimate what I can get accomplished in a day. But if I look back over a year, or even a month, it turns out I did get quite a lot of things done.


  4. Affirmations are so powerful! I especially resonate with “I release all of today’s worries and doubts; I trust in my ability to find the solutions I need.” Most of the time we lose sleep because we’re busy worrying/overthinking. This is a calming and reassuring affirmation to end the day. Thank you for sharing Molly!


  5. This is such a wonderful post. Affirmations help so many people in so many different aspects of life. They really are incredibly helpful and meaningful. Thank you for sharing.


  6. I love affirmations! There is something so empowering about affirming to yourself with intention how you want to think and believe. So helpful thank you for sharing!


  7. I love this post! It’s the perfect post to read before I go to bed. One affirmation that really resonated with me is ” I can surround myself with encouraging energy and love; I am deserving of this.” Thanks for sharing this Molly.


  8. It is popular for positive affirmations in the morning. But I like to journal in the evenings and reflect on what went well in that day etc. But doing positive affirmations in the evening is a great idea. Thank you for sharing.



  9. I always try my best to say affirmations daily, I fell off the wagon for a while but I’m not back on track and it feels soo good!!! I’ve never done affirmations at night but thank you for this I will surely be adding this to my night routine


  10. Love these! It’s such a beautiful concept to integrate these at the end of the day to forgive yourself of any mistakes and release negativity before sleeping


  11. My favorite affirmation was: “I did my best today and I am grateful for all the blessings that are yet to come my way.”. I love how you ensure the language is focused on a more positive vibe. I appreciate these and will utilize them. Thank you.


  12. I haven’t used positive affirmations much, but I should definitely start! I love the positive affirmations you shared, and those are great tips for writing your own affirmations.


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