Words are powerful. And the words you speak to yourself have the power to push you forward or tear you down. Affirmations are positive statements that can alter your internal self-talk and motivate you to change or take action. By speaking motivating, empowering phrases, you can change your behaviors and outlook, boost self-confidence, and reset your thinking.
For example, you may worry about what other people are thinking about you. Maybe you tell yourself things like, “They’re judging me,” “I’m not smart/good enough,” “Everyone is looking/laughing at me…” These negative thoughts have the power to make you feel terrible and significantly impact your self-perception and health.
Use affirmations before you’re in this situation or in the moment when negative thoughts and feelings crop up.
An Affirmation Here Could Be:
- “I am more than other people’s judgement.”
- “The only opinion that I care about is my own.”
- “I am smart. I am enough.”
You can try writing affirmations in a journal or on sticky notes where you can read them every day. Or, pick a mantra for the day and say it as part of your morning routine. A good way to get started is to use the time brushing your teeth to think about and repeat your affirmations in your head. An affirmational thought is also always well coupled with a deep inhale and relaxing exhale.
Affirmations can include quotes that inspire you, expressions of gratitude, or can directly relate to things your struggle with. Think about what you could say to impact your self-love and confidence, your resilience, and change your negative thoughts.
If you’re still struggling to identify an affirmation that resonates with you, try an internet search for ‘affirmations’ or try an app like ThinkUp for daily inspiration.
Some of My Favorites Are:
- I am grateful for the positive relationships in my life.
- I accept and love myself for who I am.
- My mental health is a priority.
- I breathe in confidence and exhale fear.
- I am allowed to be a work in progress.
Looking for an affirmations activity to do with your family? Download our Positive Affirmations Craft Project.
This blog article was contributed by Amy James, Communications Manager for Nexus Family Healing.
Nexus Family Healing is a national nonprofit mental health organization that restores hope for thousands of children and families who come to us for outpatient/community mental health services, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. For over 45 years, our network of agencies has used innovative, personalized approaches to heal trauma, break cycles of harm, and reshape futures. We believe every child is worth it — and every family matters. Learn more at nexusfamilyhealing.org.