The past year has tested our mental and emotional health in so many ways. I’m sure you’ve had a moment (or several) where you feel overwhelmed by things going on and need a mental break. Whether you practice yoga, meditation, prayer or a form of exercise, having an outlet to refocus and recenter yourself has never been more important. One easy and fun way to decrease your stress, boost positivity, and start your day off right is to practice morning affirmations.
According to the American Psychological Association, self affirmations are “in psychotherapy, a positive statement or set of such statements about the self that a person is required to repeat on a regular basis, often as part of a treatment for depression, negative thinking, or low self-esteem.”
Practicing self affirmations has been shown to decrease chronic stress, can boost feelings of self-worth, can remedy feelings of powerlessness, and even improve task-related mental performance. Another study on cancer patients found that those who practiced self affirmations reported higher levels of optimism, happiness and hopefulness.
Starting your day with an infusion of positivity through morning affirmations can help you overcome a number of feelings or stressors. When you select one (or a few) affirmations to recite, experts recommend repeating them multiple times — 10 seems to be the magic number.
Boost your mood and relieve stress with these affirmations from Good Therapy.
I am worthy of love, happiness, and fulfillment.
Each new day is filled with infinite potential and possibility.
I love and accept myself just the way I am.
My life is filled with meaning, purpose, and passion.
I am confident in my talents, strengths, gifts, and abilities.
To read 10 more, check out Good Therapy’s blog post.
If you want your affirmation to connect to yourself on a deeper level, try creating your own. The best way to personalize your affirmations is to visualize things like who you are and what you want.
Trying starting your affirmations like:
I am capable of…
I can learn to…
I am working on…
I can start…
I can be aware…
I am trying…
About the author
Emily Shiffer is a former digital web producer for Men's Health and Prevention magazines, and she is currently a freelance writer specializing in health, nutrition, weight loss, and fitness. Her work has been published in digital and print formats for Women’s Health, Runner’s World, SELF, Health and more. She is based in Pennsylvania and loves all things antiques, music, and American history.