What if I told you that you (yes, YOU!) hold the power to determine your worth in life? That’s A LOT of power. What often happens, though, is we tend to use this incredible power in a harmful way. We become our worst enemies and continue to undermine our value on the daily – whether it’s talking yourself out of taking that job promotion, or turning down a date with a great guy because you think you can’t be his type. Raise your hand if you’ve been there! I’m raising both of mine!
But, here’s the good news about all this – your power remains. It is yours. You have it forever. As strong as it is to harm you, it will remain equally as strong to heal you. And you hold all the power to make that shift. I don’t know about you, but that’s some pretty empowering stuff!
Here’s the deal:
Your beliefs about yourself, and what you tell yourself, has an important connection to your self-esteem. If you are telling yourself that you are unworthy, it’s likely because you believe that you are. But guess what!? This crucial connection can also be used to nurture your self-esteem by merely working to change your inner dialogue and your beliefs about yourself. Affirmations can help you combat these negative beliefs. Which is why positive affirmations for self-esteem are so useful.
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What’s an affirmation?
Simply put, to affirm means to state something as true. A positive affirmation is a statement used to challenge a negative and unhelpful thought. By repeating a positive affirmation, you begin to challenge your unhelpful subconscious thinking patterns and replace them with more realistic and helpful ones. They can be used to boost your self-esteem, help you achieve your goals, help you to push through fear, or to be more grateful or joyful. They are specific to your situation and aimed at improving something personal to you.
It’s important to note that this process takes time and only works if an individual is open and ready to make a positive change.
How to write an affirmation?
- Start with I or My
- Keep them in the present tense
- Keep them short and easy to remember
- Don’t include negative words like “don’t” , “won’t”, “can’t”
- Make them specific to you
READ MORE: How to Write Your Own Affirmations – dummies.com
How often should you repeat a positive affirmation?
According to Leena S. Guptha, DO at psychologytoday.com, each affirmation should be repeated ten times daily. And, it’s best to do this when your subconscious mind is most relaxed and open to it – for instance, before falling asleep or during a meditative state. If this proves too difficult, try repeating your affirmations once or twice a day, with feeling. Looking at yourself in the mirror, as you do it, can also be helpful!
READ MORE: To Affirm or Not Affirm? – psychologytoday.com
50 Affirmations for Self-Esteem
Here are some affirmations to help boost self-esteem. You may use these specific statements, make your own by drawing on the ones that are most meaningful to you or create new ones altogether. Wishing you loads of self-love, my beautifully brave friends! <3
- I love myself just the way I am.
- I am prepared for and welcome new challenges.
- I am worthy of the respect of others.
- I am a valuable and important person
- I trust in my abilities.
- I deserve all that is good.
- I am lovable.
- I am capable.
- I am strong and act with confidence.
- I am learning to love myself more each day
- I am letting go of doubt and fear.
- I am grateful for my life and who I am.
- I am enough.
- I accept myself just the way I am.
- I am a special and unique person.
- I am courageous.
- I have many good qualities.
- I believe in myself.
- I am worthy of my own love.
- I am learning to trust myself and others.
- I breathe in confidence and exhale fear.
- I am proud of who I am.
- I am in full control of my life.
- I am making my health a priority.
- I am learning to take better care of myself.
- My feelings and needs are important.
- I am in charge of my emotions.
- I attract positive people into my life.
- I am optimistic and excited about my life.
- I trust in my ability to succeed.
- I am becoming healthier each day.
- I am doing the best I can.
- I am at peace with myself.
- I am becoming the best version of myself.
- I am living the life of my dreams.
- I deserve to feel good about myself.
- I am learning to ask for what I need.
- I respect myself.
- I am talented, and I value my worth.
- I am more confident each day.
- I am confident in my abilities and skills.
- I create positive & supportive relationships.
- I am right where I am supposed to be.
- I am a unique gift to the world.
- I am loving and kind to myself.
- I am resilient and can get through anything.
- I easily accept praise from others.
- I love myself, unconditionally.
- My growth is a continuous process.
- I deserve to be happy.
- I am learning to feel more confident in (choose a situation)
What are some of your favourite affirmations for self-esteem? Let me know below!
DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this post is written from personal and lived experience. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional mental health services, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health or mental health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.