You have the power to reprogram your mind. And with that comes the power to rejuvenate your body. Science shows that positive emotions like optimism and contentment can limit the severity of diabetes, upper-respiratory infections, cardiovascular diseases, and more. Positive affirmations can help you harness this power of positivity.
Unfortunately, fear is deeply rooted in our subconscious, starting from childhood. So negative thinking is a big (and natural!) part of our lives. But repeating positive affirmations every day can break that pattern. It might seem silly at first, but repetition slowly changes your subconscious. This translates into a more positive mentality that improves every facet of your life.
These ten daily affirmations can transform your life, too.
1. I am loving and lovable.
Most of us know what it feels like to love another person. But it is crucial to believe that we ourselves are capable and worthy of receiving love. This positive affirmation can improve your relationships with others.
2. I love and accept my body, and I take good care of it.
It’s hard not to feel self-conscious about some aspect of your body. But harsh self-criticism only hurts you and weakens your willpower for dieting and exercise. Encourage yourself to appreciate what your body does for you every day. This will make it easier to maintain healthy habits in the long run.
3. I wake up filled with joy and excitement to meet the day.
Mornings are tough, but affirmations can help. It’s important to start your day with a refreshed, positive outlook. This way you can break free of any rut you might be stuck in. You can channel hope and enthusiasm back into your life.
4. I meet my goals with ease.
Whatever your current goals are, your mental state can help or hinder your ability to reach them. When you feel your goals are out of reach, you slip further away from them. Tell yourself that your goals are within your grasp.
5. I am highly valued in my work place.
Stressing out about work is normal. Dreading Monday mornings is typical. But you need to affirm to yourself that others notice and care about what you do. It will help you continue to improve your work.
6. My life is filled with beauty and opportunities.
Somewhere along the line, many of us forget to stop and smell the roses. Our love for life gets lost in the everyday details. But we still have the ability to recognize the beautiful, weird, and magical all around us. A simple positive affirmation can renew our sense that anything can happen.
7. I look for opportunities to be compassionate toward others.
This affirmation is great for those of us who are well-intentioned, but tend to be impatient or overcritical of others. Luckily, you can teach yourself to be kind and care for other people every day. After all, how you treat others is a big part of your legacy as a person.
8. I am on my own path. I am doing things on my own time.
If you believe that everything happens for a reason, you will not be weighed down with regrets and feelings of inadequacy. Milestones regarding school, career, age, etc. are imaginary. Everyone lives at their own speed, and that’s what makes our life so special.
9. I forgive those who wronged me in the past.
This one might take some time. Forgiveness clears your spirit. It unburdens your heart and helps you enjoy life to the fullest. Let go of rage and bitterness and you will feel like a new person.
10. I am the architect of my own life.
This is one of the best affirmations you can make. Remind yourself that you have control. You can change the things you want to change. You can imagine a new life for yourself, and you have the tools to build it.
Repeat your affirmations out loud for five minutes, three times a day–in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Try to breathe evenly as you speak. It helps to look at yourself in the mirror as you say your positive words. You can also write your daily affirmations down in a notebook. If you feel comfortable enough, ask someone close to you to repeat the affirmations back to you after you say them. This will reinforce the positive messages you’re sending.
Practicing self-affirmation has proven to change the human brain. You can make it work for you, too. Choose positive statements that are relevant to your life. But don’t simply say “I want to have […].” Target the core of your fears and insecurities. Unlike wishing on a star, positive affirmation is based in real science. It takes a lot of repetition to undo the old patterns, but nothing is more worth it.