What is an affirmation? Google says it is the action or process of affirming something, and providing emotional support or encouragement. In this case you will be providing emotional support and encouragement to yourself.
Simply stating words of encouragement and support to yourself can have a really uplifting effect on your overall sense of happiness and well-being. It is so important to say positive words to yourself.
When it comes to other people, we all have kind words to say, but when it comes to ourselves we can be monstrously harsh. How often does that little voice in the back of your head say something kind to a friend, and something disapproving to yourself?
Well, I say no more. A good place to start is to say some kind words to yourself as part of your morning routine. You can say these out loud, in your head, in front of the mirror, however you need to feel comfortable. Just. Say. Them.
1. I am happy to be awake.
Let yourself know that being awake is exactly what you want to be. The dream state is all too comfortable and can be difficult to pull yourself out of. This affirmation can be especially powerful if you are someone who actually dreads waking up in the morning and starting a new day. Repeat this to yourself until you start believing it. It won’t take long, trust me.
2. I am excited for the day ahead.
It doesn’t matter what you have planned, tell yourself you are excited for it. Whether it be a day in the office, running around after children or not really doing an awful lot. Tell yourself you’re excited about it and you will be excited for it. Its like a self fulfilling prophecy.
3. I look forward to new experiences.
Even if you live what you consider quite a monotonous life you do experience something new everyday. Be prepared for these new experiences, tell yourself to anticipate their arrival, and to enjoy them when they come into fruition. Tell yourself not to be scared of them but to embrace them with open arms.
4. I can handle whatever today throws at me.
Yeah, that’s right, you can do it. Whatever it is, you can do it. Give yourself a boost first thing in the morning, and set yourself up to succeed. If you tell yourself you can deal with whatever the day throws at you then that will be the case. Also, if you’re resilience is being tested throughout the day you will think back to this affirmation and how it made you feel, and it will give you another boost throughout the day.
5. My life is good.
If you are reading this blog post on a laptop, desktop computer or smart phone then you have more in your life than many many people. Although I am a firm believer that suffering is personal, it is also good to remind yourself just how good you have it. Take a few seconds to also think about what it is in your life which makes it so good. Work, friends, family, a really cute dog. All of these things are beautiful and should be appreciated, take this time to do just that.
6. I enjoy the company I keep.
If you’re like me, you keep your circle of friends small. The people I consider friends are carefully selected and are immensely amazing. However, if you’re not like me and stay friendly with a lot of people, there is probably also a very good reason for that. Say this affirmation to yourself and know that the people you choose to incorporate into your life are there for a reason.
7. I will not compare myself to others.
The only person you should be looking at is yourself. Do not compare your looks to someone else. Do not compare your work ethic to someone else. Do not compare your life to someone else’s. With the uprising of social media (Facebook, I’m looking at you) it is now easier than ever to compare what you have to what somebody else has. This breeds nothing but unhappiness. Tell yourself to stop it. This affirmation will come to mind every time you look enviously at what somebody else has, and before you know it you’ll stop it.
8. I will not compete with others.
Similar to the previous affirmation, you don’t need to compete with anybody. Life is not a competition, none of us get out of this alive, so why not enjoy what you have and stop trying to have more than anybody else? It is human nature to look at what our neighbours have and want that and more. But you don’t need to, and you can train yourself out of it.
9. I accept who I am.
Acceptance is a beautiful thing. It is easier to accept other people exactly how they are, slightly less easy to accept ourselves. We see ourselves at our very worst, but this is good. You are exactly the person you are meant to be, and once you understand that it will be like a weight off of your shoulders. You will breathe a sigh of relief.
10. I am enough.
This is the affirmation to top all other affirmations. You are sufficient. Not too much, not too little, just exactly what you are meant to be. Like the bears with their porridge you are perfect. This is an accumulation of all the other affirmations in this list. You don’t need to compete because you are enough, you don’t need to compare because what anybody else is is irrelevant. Check out my blog post about Lagom to get a more inspiration about being enough.
Try these every morning for a week and see how you feel. I can assure you they will make a difference to your sense of well being, the levels of your self confidence and your overall happiness. What have you got to lose?