I think affirmations are something that can help you shift the way you think—and that's something I'm all for. I don't think there's only one way to use them or that you even have to use them if they feel weird to you.
When I first started getting into spiritual things, affirmations were EVERYWHERE. They were everything—and I did use them quite a bit.
For me, it helped to set reminders on my phone or write post-it notes to put around my place (that I’d then have to run around and takedown when I had guests over so they didn’t think I was losing it).
I think affirmations are something that can help you shift the way you think—and that’s something I’m all for. I don’t think there’s only one way to use them or that you even have to use them if they feel weird to you.
What are affirmations? Affirmations are positive sayings you can repeat to yourself. Using affirmations is a wonderful way to control and reroute your thoughts.
There are many ways to use affirmations in your daily life: repeat them aloud, write them down, meditate on them, set a reminder on your phone—whatever works best for you.
Here are 11 affirmations that I personally found to be the most helpful:
I have a choice in how I feel right now.
Every moment of the day, we have a choice in how we feel. We don’t get to choose what happens outside of us, but we do get to choose how we feel inside. Using this affirmation will help you remember that you have the power to control how you feel in each moment.
Something bigger is on the way.
This affirmation is a wonderful reminder to stay positive about the future and align yourself with good things to come. Remembering that this or something better is coming to you is a wonderful way to approach life. It’s always expecting great things to happen and allows you to be happily surprised when great things come your way.
I am confident and calm.
We all want to feel these two things: confident and calm. By reminding ourselves that our true nature is confidence and calmness, we allow those feelings to drive our lives and let fear and other emotions get in the backseat. Repeat this to yourself before a big day when you might be stepping outside your comfort zone. I used this one A LOT.
I love my life and life loves me back.
This is one felt weird to me at first, but it turned out to be really powerful. By feeling grateful for all the blessings in your life, you’re acknowledging the reciprocity between life and you—and letting love flow through you. I know that sounds very hippie, but it’s the truth.
My body is healthy and my mind is peaceful.
Our overall health is linked to our body, mind, and emotions. When our mind is peaceful and our bodies are healthy, we can live our best lives. Literally, our health is our wealth.
The universe always has my back.
A great one to use during a tough or trying time. Repeat this to yourself when you might feel you’re losing trust in where your life is headed. This is a wonderful reminder that life wants to see you succeed and grow—and the universe always has your back.
Abundance and beauty flow my way every day.
A wonderful affirmation for gratitude. By recognizing the good things in life and the beauty all around us, we’re opening ourselves up to more and more of the same.
I am deserving and worthy.
Everything in our lives is affected by our self-worth. Tell yourself you are deserving and worthy. Own it. There’s nothing selfish about it. When you shine, you inspire others to do the same.
I’m always taken care of.
A great reminder when things might not feel as if they’re going your way. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, remember this affirmation: I’m always taken care of. All your needs will always be met for your highest good.
Well-being surrounds me in all that I do.
This is a wonderful one to open your eyes to the bigger picture surrounding you each day. Focusing on the good things and the well-being can help you notice all the healthy things in your life.
I make time for things that make me feel good and the people I love.
This one is important. Living a healthy life means you connect with others and give yourself the time you deserve to enjoy life and the things you enjoy to do. Repeat this to yourself when you’re feeling too busy as a reminder to make the time for things that are truly important.
Bonus: Not my circus.
This might be my favorite one of all. Whenever someone else’s drama pops up or I get sucked into weird situations, I simply remind myself that it is: Not my circus. It’s not my responsibility to fix and it’s a great reminder to walk away from other people’s shit if they’re trying to suck you into it.