Affirmations are affirmative statements that, when consistently repeated, may help change negative thought patterns and beliefs.
If you’re at all like me, you will feel ridiculous talking to yourself in the bathroom, but affirmations harness the power of words and are a great way to set the tone for your day. Pick a statement you feel drawn to and write it down twice. Hang one card on your mirror and keep one in your pocket or purse. I find that it is best to say the affirmation out loud at least once in a day, but focusing and loudly saying it in your head might also be effective.
Remember that affirmations only work with repetition, so no matter how foolish you may feel, it is a practice worth at least a try. You may find that you feel better or are slowly able to believe the empowering statement:
I consciously release the past and live only in the present. That way, I can enjoy and experience life to the fullest.
I am bursting with gratitude for my wonderful life.
I am grateful for the chance to be alive today. I see all the good in my life, and I feel warm appreciation for all of it.
I am solution-minded. Any problem that comes up in my life is solvable, and I have what I need to work through it.
I release the need to please others. I need only please myself.
I refuse to punish myself when I make mistakes. I forgive myself and move on.
I love and approve of myself just the way I am.
I release resentment against myself and replace it with forgiveness and love.
I enjoy my body and all the pleasures it brings me.
I treat myself with gentle loving kindness at all times.
I trust my inner voice and my intuition to show me the way.
Each day is an opportunity to live as I want to. I choose to love and accept myself today.
I am strong and healthy, and I take good care of myself.
I forgive myself for the way I have treated myself in the past.
I can rely on my inner compass to guide me in the right direction.
I am worthy of my own love and affection, and it is easy for me to treat myself well.
I can feel a positive change in my relationship with myself.
As I melt away self-hatred, I release hatred of people and situations that used to trouble me.
I have compassion for myself. I give myself permission to experience my feelings.
I embrace my work and my accomplishments in life, and I feel proud of myself for all the good I have done.
I walk peacefully through the day, trusting that I can face anything that comes my way.
I believe in my ability to guide myself through any situation. I trust my inner wisdom.
I make smart choices that lead me to good health and happiness.
I am gentle and kind with myself, and I recover from my mistakes gracefully.
I am in touch with my inner strength, and I draw from it whenever I need to.
I choose to find hopeful and optimistic ways of looking at all situations.
I listen to my inner conflict lovingly, and I have compassion for myself.
My thoughts are my reality, so I think positive. When I notice negative thoughts, I choose to change them.
I choose to participate fully in this day. I greet everything in it with joy.
I am happy in my own skin and in my own circumstances.
I am good enough, and I get better every day.
I release criticism of myself, and I choose to think supportive thoughts.