80 Affirmations to Change Your Brain

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By now you may have heard of the power of positive affirmations. Affirmations are simple phrases that can make complex impacts on our lives. Through the power of positive affirmation, we can reshape the way we speak to and see ourselves. If you, like me, struggle with negative self-talk than this article is for you.

 I am not alone in believing in the power of positive affirmations. Studies suggest that we can change our brains by thinking differently. 

Meaning, positive affirmations, when used consistently and with concentration, have the power to reshape our minds and improve our mental wellbeing. If we tell ourselves we are successful, healthy, and proud of ourselves our brains can “jump ahead” of the experience and function as if we are already those things. Taking the “fake it until you make it” mantra to a whole new level. Affirmations are the perfect tool to fight off negative self-talk and promote changes in our internalized identity.

How to Use Positive Affirmations

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You can use positive affirmations by finding a quiet space that makes you feel focused and peaceful. Try selecting one or two affirmations to repeat in one sitting. You can stand or sit in front of a mirror and recite the affirmations aloud to yourself. Recite the affirmations for about five minutes once a day. The more you recite the affirmations in this way, the stronger the message will resonate with you.

Practice affirmations whenever you are able. I like to say the affirmations aloud to myself in the mornings. This has been a great way for me to start the morning with positivity and self-lovePositive affirmations are a great way to practice radical self-acceptance. We all have areas in our life where we feel inadequate. If you struggle with any of the following areas check out the affirmations below:

Perfectionism

  1. I am flexible enough to deal with change. 
  2. I choose to show compassion to my past self. 
  3. I choose how to define success. 
  4. I embrace my flaws because no one is perfect. 
  5. I choose to not criticize myself. 
  6. I am unique because of my imperfections. 
  7. I speak to myself with kindness. 
  8. Mistakes give me the opportunity to grow. 
  9. Today I will strive for progress, not perfection. 
  10. I do not compare myself to others. 
  11. I deserve love even when I make mistakes. 
  12. I accept my mistakes knowing they do not define me. 
  13. I give myself the care and attention I deserve. 
  14. I will put my energy into things that are important to me. 
  15. I am open to unexpected surprises. 
  16. Each small step brings me closer to my goals. 
  17. I am present in the moment. 
  18. I am enough. 
  19. I forgive myself for past mistakes. 
  20. I am open to new opportunities. 

Anxiety

  1. I am having a hard time right now. I will care for and love myself during this time. 
  2. I create a safe space everywhere I am. 
  3. I am loved, and I give love. 
  4. I am loved in my relationships. 
  5. I am allowed to take up space. 
  6. I can remain calm, even if things go wrong. 
  7. I control my anxieties; they do not control me. 
  8. I know how to convey my emotions. 
  9. I am fearless. 
  10. I am comfortable with myself. 
  11. All is well in my world.
  12. I am calm, well-rested, and prepared to greet the day. 
  13. Every day is a gift; I am grateful to accept it. 
  14. I attract positive people to my life. 
  15. I am becoming my highest self each day.
  16. I will let go of what no longer serves me. 
  17. I deserve respect and acceptance. 
  18. I am in control of my life. 
  19. I approve of myself and accept myself fully. 
  20. I am grateful for the little things like (fill in the blank). 

Self-Doubt

  1. I trust that I am on the right path.
  2. I know I am capable of (fill in the blank). 
  3. I trust I am making the correct decision.
  4. I will succeed at (fill in the blank).
  5. I will accomplish my goals. 
  6. I accept my feelings about (fill in the blank).
  7. I choose not to criticize myself. 
  8. I can choose to make my disadvantages my strengths. 
  9. I choose if negative thoughts have power over my mind. 
  10. I give myself time and space to grow. 
  11. I am on a journey to my highest self. 
  12. I accept love. 
  13. I will succeed. 
  14. I fulfill a purpose by existing. 
  15. I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. 
  16. I have the power to change people’s lives. 
  17. I can easily create a life I love. 
  18. I am capable. 
  19. I know exactly what to do to (fill in the blank). 
  20. I am grateful for my happiness because of what I have overcome. 

Body Image 

  1. I am physically strong.
  2. I am perfect just as I am.
  3. I love my body and myself.
  4. I am grateful for all that my body can do.
  5. My body allows me to interact with the world. 
  6. My body is a gift. I will love and respect it.
  7. I eat a variety of foods for my health.
  8. I choose to love my body as it is.
  9. I listen to and respect the needs of my body.
  10. I am having a hard time accepting my body right now. I will accept what I cannot change and love myself. 
  11. I will not compare my body to others. 
  12. I know that images in magazines and social media are photoshopped, airbrushed and distorted.
  13. My inner beauty shines brightly. 
  14. (Fill body part), thank you for (fill in what this body part does for you.)
  15. Caring for my body feels good.
  16. Food is not the enemy. It is not a friend either. It is only food and it has no power over me. 
  17. I deserve to feel good.
  18. Accepting myself as I am will help me grow.
  19. I will focus on how I feel, not how I look. 
  20. I will approach myself with compassion even when I make mistakes. 

Author Bio

Charlee is a rural writer passionately pursuing a freelancing career. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is fascinated by mental health, cultural criticism, and the human experience. You can reach him at scottfree733@gmail.com.