- Examples of Affirmations
- FAQs about Affirmations
- How do you start practicing affirmations?
- What is an example of an affirmation?
- How do affirmations work?
- How do I write my own affirmation?
- How do you add feeling to your affirmations?
- How many times should I repeat my affirmations?
- Do affirmations actually work?
- Can you say affirmations in your head?
- Can affirmations be harmful?
- Should kids practice affirmations?
- Do affirmations help anxiety?
- Do affirmations work for everyone?
An affirmation is a positive statement that you can use to help banish negative thoughts and achieve your goals.
Research shows that by reciting it regularly, you start believing it and put the words into action.
An example of an affirmation would be, “I make time for self-care every day”.
You might not actually make time for self-care right now, but by reciting the mantra every day you’re making it more likely to actually happen!
Affirmations are always written in the present tense, as though the goal has already been achieved.
To get started you simply need to pick an affirmation, or you could write your own.
It could be something general like “I am a positive person” or a more specific pain affirmation such as “My chronic pain feels better every day”.
Once you’ve chosen one, you should recite it, when you wake up and when you go to bed, plus a few more times in between.
Making time to reflect on your goal each day is also a good move.
Kids can also enjoy many advantages for their mental wellbeing, as well as improved academic performance.
Examples of Affirmations
Here are a few examples of affirmations to inspire you:
- I am strong and powerful.
- I overcome every challenge that I face. This one is no different.
- I make sleep a priority.
- I replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
- There’s no limits to what I can achieve.
- I am in love with every part of my body.
- My anxiety does not define me.
FAQs about Affirmations
If you want to know more about affirmations and how to practice them, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions:
How do you start practicing affirmations?
To start practicing affirmations you need to find the right phrase that states what you want to achieve, then repeat it consistently.
We’ve written a handy step-by-step guide on how to start practicing.
What is an example of an affirmation?
An affirmation is a powerful statement confirming something to be true. For example “I am brave and fearless”.
Written in the present tense, you announce the mantra as though the goal is already being achieved.
How do affirmations work?
Affirmations help to retrain your brain to think more positively and replace negative thoughts.
By repeating the phrase you begin to believe it and take action.
How do I write my own affirmation?
It’s easy to write your own affirmation, you simply need to decide on what you want to achieve.
Affirmations are written in the present tense, as though your goal is already being achieved.
So instead of saying “I will try to get seven hours of sleep tonight”, you would say “I get seven hours of sleep every night”.
Use positive language and keep them short, less than five or six words so they’re easy to recall.
How do you add feeling to your affirmations?
Speaking your affirmations aloud helps you add feeling.
Focus on the words you’re saying and what they mean to you, leaving time afterwards to reflect on your goal.
How many times should I repeat my affirmations?
There’s no ideal number of times you should repeat an affirmation, however 5-10 times each day ensures your goal is always front of mind.
Make sure to say it as you head to bed and as soon as you awake in the morning, to set your day off right!
Do affirmations actually work?
There is evidence to show that affirmations can actually rewire your brain!
This is the part of the brain responsible for emotional regulation and self-perception.
Can you say affirmations in your head?
Yes, you can say your affirmations in your head, aloud or even write them down in a journal.
Saying them aloud, and with feeling, is thought to be the most effective approach!
Can affirmations be harmful?
There is a small amount of evidence to show that affirmations can be harmful to your confidence if you struggle with low self-esteem.
Researchers discovered that those with already high self-esteem responded to positive statements much better.
Should kids practice affirmations?
Do affirmations help anxiety?
Yes, affirmations can help with the pathological worry associated with anxiety.
A 2016 study, published in the Behaviour Research and Therapy journal, asked anxious people to generate positive thoughts and repeat them for one week.
Results showed that the practice was in effective in reducing uncontrollable worry.
Do affirmations work for everyone?
No, affirmations won’t work for everyone. Despite research around the practice being largely positive there are of course participants for who it doesn’t work.
The causes of mental health issues for example, can run much deeper than positive thinking can overcome.
It’s simply a technique to have in your wellbeing toolkit for when you need it.