30 powerful daily affirmations to improve your life.
Self-affirmations are more than just self talk. Powerful, daily affirmations can help you transform different aspects of your life. There is evidence that affirmations may even help boost your feelings of self-worth, reduce stress, improve academic performance, and change behavior.
In this article, you will learn what affirmations are, why they're important, and how you can create your own affirmations to improve different areas of your life.
WHAT IS A DAILY AFFIRMATION?
A positive daily affirmation is a phrase that you say to yourself on a regular basis. You can say an affirmation quietly in your head or express it out loud.
I used to think that self-affirmations were a way to trick myself into feeling something I wasn’t. How can I make myself change if I wasn't really feeling it? Over time, though, I noticed that the repetitive self-talk does affect the way I think and feel, regardless of if they are positive or negative.
Feelings are very real. So if I kept telling myself I wasn’t good enough or worthy enough, of course I was going to feel terrible. Conversely, when I was positively affirming myself, I felt joyful and happier.
"Who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life." - Fred Rogers
WHY ARE POWERFUL DAILY AFFIRMATIONS IMPORTANT?
Our brains are hardwired for survival. If there was an imminent threat to your life, your mind would quickly enable your body's "fight or flight" response. This trait was helpful during prehistoric times, but not so much in the modern age.
This is important because your mind can't tell the different between a real threat or a perceived one. So if your mind is constantly affirming fear or anger, your physical and mental state will eventually wear down.
Positive self-affirmations can help to retrain your mind to focus on the positive and become more resilient to perceived threats.
“Good riddance to decisions that don't support self-care, self-value, and self-worth.” - Oprah Winfrey
ARE AFFIRMATIONS EFFECTIVE?
If you’ve never used a positive self-affirmation before, the idea of "coaching yourself" might seem a little weird. When I first tried a positive self-affirmation, I admit that I felt like an imposter.
I was so used to criticizing myself that being my own cheerleader felt foreign to me. The more I did it, though, the less strange it felt. After a while, it felt really good to give myself daily positivity.
Over time, the brain becomes accustomed to positive self-affirmations. It creates new and stronger neural pathways that are more receptive to them. Studies have shown that affirmations can even improve your overall well-being if they are practiced regularly.
“I'm giving you permission to root for yourself and while you're at it root for those around you, too.” - Mindy Kaling
DO SELF AFFIRMATIONS REALLY WORK?
Studies have shown that people who self-affirm are more likely to perform better under perceived threats than people who did not. Also, reward pathways in the brain lit up during brain scans in people who practiced self-affirmations.
Therefore, daily self-affirmations can help increase resilience, especially in the face of challenges and adversity. They also bolster feelings of self-worth and self-esteem.
"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was." - Muhammad Ali
HOW DO I MAKE MY OWN AFFIRMATIONS?
You can start creating your own powerful affirmations right now.
Before you begin, here are a few suggested ways to say them:
- Say your affirmations out loud. (Sometimes, I say my affirmations out loud in my own private space.)
- Do self-affirmations quietly. (This is the method I usually choose, but it doesn't have the same impact of saying them out loud.)
- Say a combination of both. (You can try a combination of both methods if you want variety.)
Choose the method that best resonates with you. Don't worry too much about which one you choose. The most important thing to remember is the positive feeling that you get when you say them.
Next, write down an area of your life that you want to strengthen or improve. You can use one category from the following list. Or you can choose all of them:
PHYSICAL - weight, health, physique
FINANCIAL - better job, more money, new house
EMOTIONAL - happy, peaceful, courageous
INTELLECTUAL - learning a new hobby, taking up a sport, reading more books
SPIRITUAL - finding your purpose or passion, becoming enlightened
SOCIAL - gaining more connection with your friends or loved ones, spending quality time with your family
For each category, write down your self-affirmation in the present tense, with specific and descriptive adjectives.
For example, in the PHYSICAL category, write:
I EXUDE PERFECTLY VIBRANT AND RADIANT HEALTH.
When you are finished creating your set of affirmations, you can begin to practice them every day.
Be sure you say them at least once each day.
Get a journal and keep track of how you feel. Make a note of your frame of mind and any sensations in your body as well.
Give yourself at least 21 days of daily self-affirmations. You can go back after 3 weeks and reflect on what you wrote.
"I have never ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive." - Sonia Sotomayor
WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF AFFIRMATIONS?
Here is a list of 30 powerful daily affirmations.
It covers the 6 categories mentioned earlier to help boost these areas of your life.
I am strong in mind, body, and spirit.
I am perfectly radiant health.
I am vibrant and beautiful.
My body weight is perfectly healthy for me.
I accept myself exactly as I am.
Money flows to me in avalanches of abundance.
My life is divinely abundant and rich.
Money comes to me constantly and easily easily.
I have a wonderful business that gives me wonderful pay.
I open myself happily and eagerly to prosperity.
I am worthy of love which is my by birthright.
I accept all my wonderful parts with love and kindness.
I love myself completely and unconditionally.
I have a full and grateful heart.
My confidence shines brightly like the stars in the night sky.
I trust my abilities will be exactly where I need them to be.
The genius within me is now perfecty revealed.
My wonderful skills serve my highest good and the good of all.
I am constantly learning new and exciting things from everyone every day.
My mind is a magnificent and powerful gift.
I am divinely guided and all is revealed to me in perfect time.
Everything works out according to my highest good.
I openly receive compassion and kindness in abundance.
All is revealed to me at the perfect time and circumstance.
I shine my light brightly everyday.
I am naturally outgoing and genuine.
My life is wonderfully interesting and joyful.
I attract positive and uplifting people.
My words and actions are inspirational to others.
I respectfully uphold healthy boundaries that keep me safe and happy.
"I am deliberate and afraid of nothing." - Audre Lorde
Daily affirmations can be powerful if you practice them every day. Use them for different aspects of your life that you want to improve. You can also use them to bolster your emotions, feelings of self-worth, and overall well-being.
Thank you for reading. I hope you found these tips helpful. Do you have any positive affirmations you want to share? I would love to read about them. Please let me know what’s on your mind in the comments down below.
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