It’s essential to practise self-affirmation and remind yourself of your worthiness. Remember that you have inherent value and deserve love, respect, and happiness just as much as anyone else. If you find it helpful, take a moment each day to reflect on your positive qualities and accomplishments.
This can contribute to building self-confidence and maintaining a positive self-image. If you have specific goals or challenges, keep telling yourself, “I’m here to support you however possible.”
Indeed, practising self-affirmation can be a powerful way to boost your self-esteem and overall well-being. Here are some tips to help you get started.
- Adjust as needed. As you evolve and your goals change, update your affirmations accordingly.
- Believe in yourself. While it might feel awkward at first, genuinely believe in your affirmations. This will help reinforce a positive mindset.
- Be positive and present. Use positive language to frame your affirmations in the present tense. For example, say “I am confident and capable” instead of “I will try to be confident.”
- Be specific. Focus on particular qualities or areas of your life where you want to see positive changes. For example, “I am becoming more patient in my interactions with others.”
- Combine with gratitude. Consider combining affirmations with appreciation. For example, “I am grateful for my progress and excited about my future growth.”
- Keep them personal. Tailor your affirmations to your own experiences and goals. Make them meaningful to you.
- Mix affirmations. Include affirmations that cover various aspects of your life, such as relationships, career, personal growth, and health.
- Practise patience. Positive changes take time. Be patient with yourself and allow the affirmations to work their magic over time.
- Repeat regularly. Consistency is key. Repeat your affirmations daily, multiple times, if possible. You can say them out loud or write them down.
- Start with “I” or “My”. This makes the affirmation feel more personal and helps you internalise it.
- Use strong words. Choose words that evoke strong emotions and confidence, such as “strong,” “capable,” “worthy,” “resilient,” and “empowered.”
- Visualise. As you affirm, take a moment to visualise yourself embodying those qualities and experiencing the positive outcomes.
Examples of self-affirmations to get you started
- I am worthy of love and respect.
- I am capable of overcoming challenges.
- I believe in my abilities and trust my intuition.
- I am grateful for the opportunities that come my way.
- I am becoming more confident and comfortable in my skin.
- I am deserving of happiness and success.
- I am resilient and can handle whatever comes my way.
- I am constantly growing and evolving into the best version of myself.
Feel free to adapt these or create your own based on your unique journey and aspirations. Remember, the key is believing in what you’re affirming and cultivating a positive and compassionate relationship with yourself.
Self-affirmations can be particularly powerful when facing doubt from others. It can transform your mindset and how you perceive yourself and the world. They serve as a tool for cultivating self-love, self-acceptance, and a more resilient and positive outlook.
Rona dela Rosa is the editor of Psychreg. She is an associate professor at the Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauyan.