What is an Affirmation?

What is an affirmation?

An affirmation is a positive statement that you can use to help banish negative thoughts and achieve your goals.

Research into the benefits of affirmations shows that 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 one, 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”.

Not sure exactly what you want to say? There are lots of powerful and positive affirmations you can find online.

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.

Practicing daily affirmations has a wealth of benefits for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

There’s evidence they can make you more physically active, ease depression and relieve the symptoms of anxiety.

Kids can also enjoy affirmations and the many advantages for their mental wellbeing, including improved academic performance.

Examples of Affirmations

Here are a few examples 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?

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?

How can affirmations help you?

Imagine the mindset change that could come from reciting this statement each day:

“I am in control of my thoughts”

Choose a mental health affirmation and gain the strength you need to overcome the challenges you’re facing.

Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

Specialist health & wellbeing writer, passionate about discovering new technologies & sharing the latest research.