Powerful Affirmations to Build Self-Worth and Confidence
Chances are this is not the first post about affirmations you are reading. There is a growing buzz around using positive affirmations to promote self-confidence and acceptance. However, you might have already asked yourself, do affirmations really work? What can I achieve using affirmations? Which affirmations should I use? How often should I affirm myself? All of these are valid questions, and in this post I will do my best to help you finally answer them.
Let’s start with what are affirmations. Affirmations are positive and uplifting statements that are used to promote self-confidence, embrace self-love and acceptance. They are a self-help strategy used to overcome self-doubt and negative thoughts.
Do affirmations actually work and what for?
Affirmations generally work as a tool for improving your mindset, but they are not a magic spell for instant success or healing. Because our brain can sometimes get a little mixed up on what is reality and what is imagination, we are able to use this to our advantage when it comes to affirmations. With regular repetition and affirming statements about ourselves, we can encourage our brain to take those statements as the truth, and that is pretty powerful if you think about it.
Repetition + Action = Successful Affirmation
Reaffirming yourself of something is usually one of the steps towards self-acceptance and love, you also have to take some action. For example, say your affirmation is “My body deserves love and respect”. If you’re actions say otherwise (you stay hungry and skip needed meals as a form of self-punishment, you’re obsessing over calories and weighing yourself constantly), then your affirmation is not enough.
Consider affirmations as a light shed over your actions and thoughts that are lowering your self-worth and confidence. Once you bring them out into the light, what are your next steps? How will you use those affirmations in your actions? Affirmations together with your actions make those changes towards self-acceptance and love. This is why affirmations themselves aren’t a magical spell you chant and it makes everything better. YOU are the magic that will make everything better, your words AND your actions.
To get the most out of your affirmations, make them a regular habit, a part of your daily routine. Almost nothing worth building can be built fast, and this also applies here. While working towards self-love and acceptance using words of affirmation, by being respectful of the process and the time it needs, you also practice patience and self kindness. The benefits just keep piling up, don’t they? 🙂
Daily affirmations list for embracing self-love, confidence and accepting yourself
Here is a list of some of the beautiful affirmations you can use on a daily basis. Pick the ones you resonate with mostly or use them as an inspiration to write down your very own affirmations.
1. I deserve love and joy in all areas of my life.
2. I choose to respect myself and be kind to myself.
3. My body deserves love and acceptance.
4. My mind is brilliant and powerful.
5. I am grateful to be where I am and have what I have.
6. I trust myself to do the best I can and that is enough.
7. I value my time and energy and put it into the things that matter to me.
8. I accept all of my emotions, I let them evolve, be, and eventually pass.
9. I am not who I was and I am not who I will be. The only way to embrace myself is to stay present.
10. I am proud of myself, of who I am today, and of what brought me here.
11. I am beautiful inside and out.
12. All the love that I need is in me, all I need to do is look inside.
13. I respect and hold my boundaries.
14. I am not my thoughts. I let go of the negative thoughts as they do not define me and are only temporary.
15. My body is my home and I take good care of it.
16. I am a spiritual being and I value my spirituality.
17. I trust myself to make it through difficult times.
18. I write my own story and I am the main character in my life.
19. I let go of all the negativity that rests in my body, mind, and soul.
20. With kindness I forgive and let go all of the past.
There you have it my loves. You are worthy. You are strong. You are beautiful. You are capable (and responsible) of making your life your dream life.
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With love and compassion,