Updated: May 3
Affirmations are self-assuring statements that can help you improve your mindset by promoting positive thought patterns. You can use affirmations throughout your daily life to overcome negative or self-deprecating thoughts.
If you are doubting your abilities or struggling with your confidence, you can use affirmations to uplift yourself. If you are feeling nervous or scared, you can use affirmations to ease your anxiety and push through your fears. If you are feeling unhappy, you can use affirmations to bring optimism and hope into the forefront of your mind.
Affirmations for self-love:
“I love, support, and believe in myself.”
“I am so proud of the person I have become.”
“I am fully capable of accomplishing all of my goals.”
“I am becoming more confident everyday.”
“I am full of creative, unique, and brilliant ideas.”
Affirmations to ease anxious thoughts:
“I am free of worry, fear, and stress.”
“I am grateful for my past and I am excited for my future.”
“I am safe in this present moment.”
“I am at peace with my environment and my circumstances.”
“I trust the world around me.”
Affirmations to help with sadness:
“I have complete control of my emotions.”
“I deserve happiness and unconditional love.”
“I have joy flowing through me.”
“I am full of life and endless energy.”
“I am willing to be fully happy now.”
By repeating affirmations in your head or aloud throughout your day, you can begin to change the way you think about yourself for the better.
According to a journal in the U.S. National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine, scientists conducted a study to see if there were any neural pathways in the brain that were associated with affirmations. The study found that participants who used affirmations had increased activity in the self-processing and valuation systems in the brain when reflecting on future-oriented core values compared to the participants who didn’t use affirmations.
The results of the study support the relationship between affirmations and neural reward pathways in the brain. Scientists concluded that the brain’s response to affirmations were associated with behavior changes in the participants. This conclusion further supports the notion that affirmations promote positive thoughts and actions.
The way that you think and internally speak about yourself ultimately affects your external actions. By using affirmations to promote positive thinking, you can break personal patterns of negative thoughts, speech, and actions.
I learned about the potential benefits of using affirmations a few years ago. I was struggling with negative, spiraling thoughts due to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I was also struggling with body dysmorphia and an eating disorder. I knew I needed to improve my overall self-image so that I could start living a happier, healthier life.
I was a dancer and a dance teacher when I started using affirmations each day. I spent almost all of my free time in front of a mirror. I had to analyze the way that my body looked and moved for dance, but my thoughts often took a dark turn.
Using daily affirmations helped me in unexpected and powerful ways on my journey to healing my self-image. I felt more confident and happy, and I learned how to naturally think about myself with love instead of hate.
Every morning, I took five minutes to repeat positive affirmations to myself before I got out of bed. This helped me start each day with the intention of improving my mental health.
Every time I thought something negative about myself throughout the day, I tried to immediately replace that thought with an affirmation. This practice helped redirect my focus from something negative about myself to something positive and uplifting about myself.
As I continued to use affirmations, I could clearly see the benefits. Before I started using affirmations, my default mindset included self-sabotage and hate. After I had been using affirmations consistently, my default mindset included self-confidence and love.
The process of affirming yourself helps you believe that nothing is impossible for you. You can bring positive things into your life by first bringing it into your mind. Affirmations can bring you strength by helping you believe in your own potential.