Repeating affirmations is a great way to boost your self-esteem, reduce stress, and improve your mindset, which is why repeating morning affirmations is a really positive way to start the day.
I speak from personal experience when I say that affirmations can be awesome for your outlook and I recommend them to anyone who struggles with a negative mindset or poor self-esteem.
What are affirmations?
Affirmations are self-affirming words, phrases or sentences that you repeat to yourself aloud, in your head, on paper, or all three.
The aim is to rewire your thought processes and switch your negative way of thinking to a more positive one.
Our brains are super-adaptable, which means that if we repeat a behaviour or thought pattern over and over again, this becomes our new normal quite quickly.
For example, if you repeat a negative thought about yourself over and over, your brain will automatically learn to jump straight to that point quicker and quicker.
This also applies to positive thinking and affirmations.
If we repeat a positive thought over and over again and redirect negative ones to this place of self-love, our brains learn to go to this positive place automatically.
Therefore, if we repeat affirmations, these positive, powerful phrases become our new normal. They become true (although they probably were already) and we truly believe them.
This is why most affirmations are said/written in the present tense. Saying ‘I am f***ing beautiful!’ is a lot more powerful than ‘I will be/I want to be beautiful.’
(If you find it really hard or cringe a little coming up with powerful ‘I am’ affirmations for the morning because you simply don’t believe them, a great tip I heard was to use the phrase ‘I’m willing to believe I am…’ at the beginning.)
As you can imagine, this boosts your confidence and helps improve your mindset massively.
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What are some powerful morning affirmations?
I know from personal experience that affirmations really do make a difference when it comes to your outlook and self worth.
Here are some of my favourites:
- Today is going to be a good day
- I handle every situation with grace and confidence
- I am so strong
- I am confident
- I am calm and collected under pressure
- I choose to be positive going into this day
- I choose to see every morning as a new chance at success
- I am grateful for every morning
- I am exactly where I need to be
- Everything always works out for me
Do affirmations work better in the morning?
When asking what the best time to use affirmations is, you have to take into consideration when you personally need them the most – because that’s your answer.
If you feel particularly anxious or low in the morning before work, this is a great time to repeat your affirmations.
The idea is to repeat them when you need them for an extra boost of motivation and to strengthen your confidence.
Ultimately, while it’s not essential that you repeat your affirmations in the morning if you don’t feel you need them at that point in the day, morning affirmations are still a great way to start your day off on a positive note.
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How to use affirmations
I realise that telling you to just ‘repeat affirmations’ might feel a little vague, if not daunting.
Affirmations don’t have to be repeated out loud if you’re not comfortable. They should feel comforting and warm, not leave a bad taste in your mouth or make you doubt yourself – this is when affirmations can be detrimental to your mindset.
You can repeat your morning affirmations in a few ways:
- In your own head
- In your journal
- On sticky notes around your mirror
- On affirmation art around your house (I have printable affirmation art on my Etsy if this sounds cool to you)
- On your phone lock screen
- As reminders scheduled into your phone or computer
There are a ton of ways!
The key is to repeat them back to yourself inside your head and truly do your best to feel them as you say them.
When it comes to WHEN to repeat your affirmations, this is what I do:
- Journal: I write my affirmations in my journal every morning. I write them out, then repeat them in my head a few times.
- Whenever I need them: The best way to get the most out of your affirmations is to repeat them when you need them. For example, if you’re feeling anxious before a presentation, before a social situation you’ve been nervous about, or when you’re looking in the mirror and not feeling as confident as you would like. This is how you redirect negative thoughts and learn to be more positive; this is when affirmations really work.
Should you use affirmations daily?
Affirmations are best repeated when you need them, although I do invite you to get into the habit of repeating them daily.
It gets your brain in the habit of going to a positive place of empowerment instead of a negative one.
There’s never a bad time to give ourselves a boost of confidence, so why limit repeating affirmations to purely when we really need them? Why not repeat them every morning or every time we look in the mirror?
You deserve to feel happy, confident and like a badass.
Why wouldn’t you try to harness that every single day?