What are Affirmations? Your Total Guide

What are Affirmations? Your Total Guide

Affirmations have been trending for a minute, and it’s for a good reason! Affirmations can be incredibly powerful when properly incorporated into your lifestyle. They have the power to change your mindset and help you achieve your goals, and isn’t that what we all want at the end of the day?

But what exactly are affirmations? What are the benefits, and how do you incorporate them into your daily routine?

We are here to answer all of your affirmation-related questions, and we’ll even share some of our favorite affirmations to get the juices flowing so you can brainstorm your own!

So without any further ado, let’s jump in!

What are Affirmations and What Do They Do?

An affirmation is a phrase or sentence that is positive and uplifting in nature. It is something that is intended to promote change, both in your mindset and in your actions.

It could be something as short as “spread positivity” or as long as “I have the power to change my mindset and carry on with my day.” Affirmations are personal and can change as you need them to. The affirmations you use in one season of life will differ from the ones you use in another. You could even have affirmations for work, family, school, etc!

That’s the beautiful thing about affirmations. They can be whatever you need them to be in whatever situation you find yourself in.

Benefits of Saying Affirmations Daily

Ok, so we’ve established that affirmations have the power to change your mindset, and in turn, change your actions. But what are some of the other benefits of saying your affirmations?

For one, it can help with things like self-sabotage and imposter syndrome. Too often, we talk ourselves into believing that we are not capable of a task before us, or that we are not worthy of success. The right affirmations can help you shift your mindset.

Another benefit is that it can help reduce anxiety. It can be challenging to get out of your negative mental space if you have anxiety. Some positive affirmations can make a big difference here.

One other benefit- and perhaps my favorite- is that positive affirmations can help improve your self-esteem. Think about it! If you are telling yourself every day that you are strong and capable and worthy of good things, that is powerful! You will start to feel a change for the better.

How to Incorporate Affirmations Into Your Daily Routine

So now that you’re sold on the power of positive affirmations, let’s talk about how to effectively incorporate them into your daily routine.

As a precursor, please keep in mind that everyone is different. What works for someone may not jive with someone else. Try a few methods and see what is best for YOU! I can’t say it enough- affirmations are personal. So find the right affirmations and the right process for incorporating them. It will be worth the effort.

Perhaps the easiest way to incorporate morning affirmations into your routine is to do it in the morning. Everyone has a set of tasks that they have to complete every morning before setting out for their adventures. Whether your morning routine is simple or elaborate, this would be a great place to recite your affirmations.

Maybe you’re looking at yourself in the bathroom mirror and reciting your affirmations. Maybe you're doing it in the car on your way to work. Perhaps you’re thinking about them as you eat your breakfast. There are plenty of places you can fit them in!

I would recommend making your affirmations the background on your phone. That way, you can read them any time you need a little uplifting and positivity. Design your own affirmation background and make it cute to make your style!

Another easy way to remember your affirmations is to get stickers with your uplifting sayings on them. Put them on your cup, planner, phone case, or wherever you’ll frequently see them! And who knows, maybe someone else will see your affirmation stickers and be uplifted. Just spread the love!

How to Choose Your Own Affirmations

So how do you choose your affirmations? Here are some of our tips for finding the perfect positive sayings:

    • Identify areas you want to change. Maybe there are certain things that trigger your anxiety. Perhaps you struggle with imposter syndrome. Or maybe you have a hard time with body image. Start by finding the areas that tend to be a struggle for you.
    • Give it a positive spin. Consider how you can turn those negative thoughts into positive ones. Instead of letting the anxiety take you away, tell yourself, “I am bigger than my anxiety.” Instead of imposter syndrome, tell yourself, “I am deserving of success.” Instead of negative body talk, tell yourself, “I am thankful for my body and all it does for me.”
  • Write them in the present tense. It can be easy to fall into the mindset of one day having positive feelings and thoughts toward something you struggle with. Brainstorming affirmations and saying them in the present tense will empower you to start working toward that positivity now, not tomorrow.
  • Affirmation Inspiration

    On the hunt for some inspiration for your personal affirmations? Check out some of these resources to help spark some inspiration!

    Remember Your Affirmations with Stickers From Milk + Cup + Holder Designs

    I hope this has helped you better understand affirmations and how powerful they can be in your life! They can have an incredible influence on how you feel about yourself and your abilities, and it has made a huge difference in my life.

    If you’re looking for some inspiration for affirmations, check out my collection of affirmation stickers! You’ll find tons of cute designs, and they would make the perfect accessory for your tumbler or journal.

    Looking for more fun stickers? We have tons of collections on our site, ranging from mental health stickers to feminist empowerment stickers and everything in between. Browse our selection today and get ready to find something that you love! 

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