Positive affirmations are positive and specific statements to help overcome negative thoughts. This can be useful if you are struggling with anything such as addiction or mental health. It is important to continue saying positive affirmations every morning so that you can wake up feeling happy with yourself.
Positive affirmations have the power to relieve stress and to stop pitying yourself. They can help boost your confidence, develop mental strength, and are good for the nerves. These affirmations can adjust your perspective on where you are on your path to recovery. Instead of thinking negative thoughts such as “I cannot do anything right,” these positive sayings can help you appreciate your strong attributes such as “I can do anything I set my mind to.”
Affirmations can be about getting better everyday, that you are meant to do great things, you will be a better person, the past has no power of you, and that you are in charge of your life story. You can look for phrases and sayings that can personally help you and then write them down in your journal to remember them. You can make up these affirmations yourself or you can use positive quotes from other people that can apply to you. For example, if you have body dysmorphia and are on the path to recovery, tell yourself “My body is my friend.” Put feeling and emotion when you say this and keep repeating these words to yourself.
It is best to start out every morning saying these affirmations to yourself. You can either use these affirmations during your morning meditation, chant, or speak them out loud. Create positive present-tense statements with a focus on the areas that you need to cover. For example, if alcohol is the obstacle that you are trying to overcome, say to yourself many times in the morning “I have the natural ability to stay in control.” If you keep repeating this, you will believe it and feel more confident to get through the day. You can use visualizations when saying these affirmations like if you say “I am happy with who I am,” you can picture yourself with friends going bowling laughing together. Place these affirmations in places you can see them like bathroom mirrors, your desk, and the walls in your room. Positive thinking will motivate you into a healthy sobriety and will empower you to make good choices.
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Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 29, 2020