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Positive Affirmations: What Are They And How Can You Use Them

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We can all get caught up in the little things in life and sometimes can’t help but feel negatively about a situation. But using positive affirmations can help you think positive thoughts and improve your overall mood. Whether you use them in the morning to get geared up for the day, or whenever you need a little pick me up, reminding yourself of your self-worth can be a real boost to your confidence and overall well-being.

What are positive affirmations?

The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning ‘to make steady, strengthen’ and saying positive thoughts out loud can help restructure our thought patterns. Studies have shown that there is an impact in affirmations such as ‘promoting message acceptance, intentions to change, and subsequent behaviour’.

It can seem difficult to just ‘think positive’ but repeating positive affirmations aloud can help these positive messages sink in and take root. This will lead to us having a generally more positive outlook making life that little bit easier. But while positive affirmations can lead us to thinking positive thoughts, they’re no magic wand, but can help redirect negative thought patterns and give you that all important boost of confidence.

Affirmations for anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, repeating affirmations can help you feel like you can regain control of your emotional state. Repeating affirmations can help you feel calmer and reinforce the idea that your current state is not forever and that the anxiety will pass. It’s by no means a quick fix but it can help ease the tension you feel when you’re in an anxious state. Here are some useful affirmations for anxiety from NRSPP:

  1. I’m safe and under no threats from the world.
  2. My past experiences can’t stop me from succeeding in the future
  3. The situation isn’t good or bad
  4. As I relax and slow my breathing, anxiety flows out
  5. There’s no obstacle I can’t overcome

Positive affirmations

If you’re in need of a pick me up during the day, it could help to repeat some positive affirmations to yourself. Whether it’s in the mirror or under your breath, repeating these affirmations can help you through a blip or a down moment. Here are some positive affirmations from Positive Psychology and Huffpost.

  1. I believe in myself, and trust my own wisdom.
  2. I am a successful person.
  3. I am confident and capable at what I do.
  4. A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.
  5. Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.

Morning affirmations

Although there is no specific time of day to repeat your affirmations, if you’re looking for a great way to start your day, why not have a side of affirmations with your breakfast? Starting your day off on a positive note will set you on a positive start for the day and could even reset you after waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Some examples shared by Huffpost are:

  1. Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.
  2. I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilise today.
  3. My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
  4. Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.
  5. I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.

Sleep affirmations

As well as starting your day off right, you can also end the day on a high note with sleep affirmations. Sleep is something that a lot of us struggle with and it can have a negative impact on your daily life. If you’re struggling with getting to sleep because of anxiety or you simply just struggle with it, these sleep affirmations might help you get to the land of nod. These sleep affirmations have been suggested by Prancier:

  1. I am grateful for my body, my body is relaxed. I look forward to tomorrow.
  2. My dreams are a place for positivity and hope only. I believe in myself.
  3. Sleeping is a natural state for me. I’ll enjoy a full night of sleep and will wake up recharged in mind and body.
  4. I will let every worry go. My eyes are tired, my body and I deserve a good night of rest.
  5. I choose sleep, rest, peace, and relaxation over stress and worry.

If you’re in need of some more helpful ways to get a good night’s sleep, take a look at our How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep blog.

Self love affirmations

Having love for yourself is a constant process and not something that will magically happen overnight. There’s a real importance to keeping up the relationship you have with yourself and making sure you know your own worth and repeating self love affirmations can really help with that. If you’re feeling a little low, try out these affirmations for confidence as suggested by Positive Psychology.

  1. I release negative feelings and thoughts about myself.
  2. I always see the best in others.
  3. I believe in who I am.
  4. I am on a journey, ever growing and developing.
  5. I am consistent in the things that I say and do.

Whether you’re in need of some more self love, some morning motivation or just a pick me up during the day, positive affirmations can help give you the boost you need. If you’re in need of some more self care advice, why not check out our How to Stop Overthinking or Self Care Packages blogs?

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