What Are Positive Affirmations?

Positive Affirmation Series:

  1. Why It’s Okay For You To Use Positive Affirmations
  2. What Are Positive Affirmations?
  3. How To Find Your Personal Positive Affirmations
  4. Add Depth to Your Positive Affirmations
  5. Supercharge Your Positive Affirmations
  6. Get Aggressive With Your Positive Affirmations
What are positive affirmations? {LoveLiveGrow} #depression #mentalhealth

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What Are Positive Affirmations?

You might have heard of positive affirmations without having a real sense of what they are. Before going on in this series, let’s make sure we all have the same starting point.

Affirmations are statements you make to yourself that assert something to be true. Positive affirmations affirm positive qualities and values that you want to strengthen in yourself and in your life.

For example, you might use positive affirmations to focus on confidence, peacefulness, or happiness.

You can use positive affirmations at any time and in any situation. You can say them out loud. You can write them down. You can think them to yourself.

[pullquote]You can enjoy positive affirmations without meditating a single minute. {Tweet this}[/pullquote] Positive affirmations can also be used in a meditation practice, but I’m not going to focus on that in this series. People are often intimidated by meditation, and you can benefit from positive affirmations without needing to carve 20 minutes of silence out of your day.

The Structure of Positive Affirmations

Each affirmation has some characteristics you’ll want to keep in mind:

Positive phrasing. “I am…”, instead of “I am not…” It’s hard to respond positively to a negative statement. “I am not…” statements too easily slide into beating yourself up.

Present tense. “I am…”, not “I will be…” Imagine one of those corporate pep-talk meetings where they are pumping you up about the all the money you WILL make in the future. This is not that. When I do positive affirmations, I am not trying to trick nyself into becoming something different in the future. I am focusing positive judgments and feelings onto myself right now in the present.

Short and sweet. Another characteristic when we’re starting out here is that your positive affirmations should be short. Just a few words will do, and don’t go getting crazy with complex sentences. If there’s a comma you’ve gone too far!

In a later post, I’ll talk about how to expand on your affirmations to really give them depth.

For right now, make them short, easy to remember, positive, present tense, and packing a little punch.

“I’m awesome!” Now there’s a great affirmation!

Examples of Positive Affirmations

In the next post in this series I’ll talk about how to find your personal positive affirmations. In the mean time, here are some examples in different categories. You can use these examples to start thinking about what might work for you.

Positive Affirmations for Body Image

  • I love my body.
  • My body is powerful.
  • I take care of my body.
  • I am stylish.
  • I am beautiful.

Positive Affirmations for Confidence

  • I trust myself.
  • I know what I’m doing.
  • Everything is going smoothly.
  • I can do it. I am doing it!
  • I’m awesome.

Positive Affirmations for Worrying

  • I make good decisions.
  • Everything is working out.
  • I trust my abilities.
  • I have planned well.
  • I am safe.

What other areas of thinking could benefit from positive affirmations? What other examples can you think of?

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Read the next post in this series: How to Find Your Personal Positive Affirmations.

Special note: This Positive Affirmation series is a mental health topic. I am writing about it because positive affirmations have been highly useful for me. While I write very forcefully about them, you are the only one in charge of your mental health treatment options. If this isn’t for you, chuck it and move on. Only you know what’s right for you.[/color-box]


Creating a Charmed Life {LoveLiveGrow}

Book Recommendation: Creating a Charmed Life. This is a book that has been helpful to me in cultivating a more positive outlook on life. Don’t let the subtitle fool you; it doesn’t matter what gender you are. This book has a gazillion tiny little chapters, each one with a different way to bring a little charm into your life. What other tools have helped you stay positive?