Have you ever looked in the mirror and picked out parts of yourself that you dislike? The way your thighs rub together, or the creases in your stomach from your belly rolls. Have you ever been faced with a job opportunity but been too scared to apply because you didn’t think you were good enough? Have you ever felt good about yourself until you scrolled on Instagram? I know I have.
We are our own worst critics and have all been guilty of negative self-talk at some point. “I can’t do this”, “I’m not as good as her/him/them”, “I’m too fat”, “I have no self-control” – do any of these sound familiar? When was the last time you said to yourself “I can do this”, “I am proud of myself”, “Today is a great day” or “I love my life”? How often do you think these things compared to the negative thoughts?
Affirmations are fairly new to me, but they’re one of the tools I’ve been using to be kinder to myself, drown out the negative thoughts and boost my confidence.
I saw this video of a father teaching his daughter affirmations before she went to school and just thought it was so beautiful – don’t we all deserve to start our day in this way? Watch the video and then keep reading for some positive affirmations that you can incorporate into your day.
What is an affirmation?
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that you think, say and write about yourself to rewire your brain and self-thoughts. Instead of “I can’t”, “I won’t” or “I’m not”, affirmations tend to start with “I can”, “I will” and “I am”.
I’ll admit, I used to think things like affirmations and meditation were for the hippie-types and not for me, but over the last few months, I’ve realised how important mindset and self-care are. I’ve started making a conscious effort to be kinder to myself and for the past month or so I have been noting down positive affirmations in my Bullet Journal and saying them out loud to myself.
For so long I’ve been the person who would wake up thinking negatively, you know, ‘I don’t want to wake up yet, 5 more minutes’ and ‘I wish it was Saturday so that I didn’t have to go to work today’. How could I expect to have a good day when I started it so negatively and begrudgingly? I’d spend as long as possible in bed then run around getting ready and arrive late to work – every day. Since swapping those 5-minute snoozes for 5 minutes to say a positive affirmation and jot it down in my Bullet Journal I honestly have been feeling a lot more positive and it’s having an effect in all areas of my life.
25 Positive Affirmations
Try using these positive affirmations each morning to give yourself a confidence boost. Take a few and repeat them for a few days or weeks. Say them out loud, say them to yourself, write them down. Then take a couple more affirmations and repeat those. Soon enough you will start to truly believe these affirmations and drown out those negative thoughts.
- I am in control of my thoughts, feelings and choices
- I choose to be happy and to love myself today
- I am excited about today
- Today is going to be a great day
- I have the power to create change
- I am taking steps to make my dreams a reality
- I can achieve anything I set my mind to
- My possibilities are endless
- I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet
- I am proud of myself and all that I have accomplished
- I am blessed with a wonderful family and amazing friends
- I deserve the best and I accept the best
- I am talented and intelligent
- I am thankful for all that I have
- I trust myself, I believe in me and I have confidence in myself
- I am superior to negative thoughts and actions
- I am courageous and I stand up for myself
- I am doing my best
- I am in control
- I am worthy
- I am unique
- I am beautiful
- I accept myself just as I am
- I am brave, I am bold, I am strong
- I am enough
If you’re feeling down, being hard on yourself or feeling like you’re not good enough then I hope these affirmations can have a positive impact on your life too. It’s so true when they say your thoughts turn into feelings and feelings into actions, so let’s swap those negative thoughts with positive ones.