Do you struggle with depression or anxiety? Daily positive affirmations can really make a huge difference in your life. This is because if you’re like me, one huge struggle you face when you’re depressed or anxious is having negative thoughts or feelings about yourself.
First, let’s talk about what affirmations even are. Affirmations are positive assertions you tell or think to yourself to help counteract the negative feelings and help you feel more positive. I first learned about affirmations during one of my therapy sessions when I was 16. My first therapist ever was Reba and she was amaaaaaazing. After sexual abuse, I felt like absolute trash and hated myself and my body. Reba had a few exercises for me to start getting back some of my self-esteem and one of them was to write “I love me” 100 times in a journal she gave me. When I first started writing them out, it actually made me cry because I hadn’t had any positive thoughts about myself or even thought about loving myself for a long time.
It was really hard for me to start but once I got going it felt better. She told me to read that page, preferably out loud, over and over again. Instead of bashing myself all the time, I had something positive to tell myself to begin to change my thoughts. What you focus on is what occupies your mind. It’s hard work but you can change your thoughts and changing your thoughts can change your life.
To make daily positive affirmations work for you, you need to create some or start by finding some that really resonate with you. I’m providing some examples to get you started. Feel free to use these and add more that are personal to you.
Daily Positive Affirmations for Anxiety & Depression
- I love myself unconditionally.
- I am in control of my thoughts and my life.
- I am loveable.
- I am beautiful.
- I am strong.
- My depression and/or anxiety does not define me.
- I can choose to have positive thoughts.
- My challenges make me stronger.
- I enjoy the simple things in life that bring me happiness.
- I am a fighter.
- I’ve survived all of the difficult moments in my life.
- I know and love my heart. Other people’s opinions of me don’t matter and they don’t define who I am.
- I am okay with myself and how my life is right now.
- I am worthy of having great relationships. I will not settle.
- I am peaceful.
- I will not tolerate toxic people in my life. <—this is huge!!!
After you’ve created some of your own affirmations or found some that you really love, read them every single day – preferably out loud and in the morning because this will help set a super positive start to the day before anything else starts creeping into your brain.
If you’re really having a hard time I am an advocate of cognitive behavioral therapy under the care of a licensed therapist and highly recommend it. You will learn some tools that will help you change your thoughts and behaviors which can really make a positive impact on your life.
Daily Affirmations App
Whether or not you’re interested in therapy, one thing that can really help keep you on track is a daily affirmations app. My favorite one to use is Unique Daily Affirmations (iOS App Store) and you can view these messages on iPhone, iMessage and Apple Watch.
Unique Daily Affirmations is a free creative affirmation tool that helps you succeed in your endeavors, bring you out from under the clouds, and make positive changes in your life. Through uplifting statements and quotes, you’ll believe in yourself with these one-a-day affirmations.
If you don’t use iOS devices (or if you’d like to learn about more affirmation apps) check out these 10 Positive Affirmation Apps from LifeHack.org. You’ll find apps that can be used on either software (sometimes both) and some can even be used right in your web browser.
A really great book that talks about daily affirmations is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.
The book includes several ways to start your morning in a positive way but my favorite part is where it talks about daily affirmations. I’m good at creating a list for myself but I struggle to remember to read them often and that’s the most important part! The Unique Affirmations App has really helped me to remember the importance of positive affirmations each day.
Q. Are you familiar with affirmations? Do you use them?