An affirmation is anything we tell ourselves. It can be positive or negative. Pay attention to what you tell yourself throughout the day and start reprogramming your thoughts. Retrain your mind by repeating certain words and statements to yourself. The idea is to take positive statements of what you would like to see manifested and repeat them enough so that they’re part of your way of thinking and seeing the world.

Studies have shown that affirmations can help protect you against the effects of stress. They will help you shift your thinking from negative to positive over time and are used to accomplish goals, overcome negative thoughts and boost self-confidence. 

How do you start?

Choose your affirmation and say it to yourself over and over again. Not once, but throughout the day, repeatedly. You can write down a word or statement on a Post It note or Notecard, and tape it to your bathroom mirror, above the light switch in your bedroom, computer desktop background, cell phone background, etc. Anywhere you will see regularly. And every time you see it, take a deep breath, pause, and repeat it to yourself a few times.

The key is to say it with CONFIDENCE and like you really believe it. Even if there are tears rolling down your face and you don't believe it, still say it. It will get easier with time.

Here are some Affirmations to help you get started:

  • My diagnosis will not define my life.
  • I am not my diagnosis.
  • I am thankful for the positive things in my life.
  • I care for myself daily.
  • Healing is possible for me.
  • I will make it.
  • I forgive myself for the bad decisions I have made.
  • I forgive myself for not being perfect.
  • I am allowed to take time to heal.
  • I will never give up.
  • I am doing my best and that is enough.
  • I am enough.
  • I am whole.
  • I am beautiful.
  • I am smart.
  • I am brave.
  • Progress, not perfection.
  • My past does not dictate my future.
  • I am in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing.
  • I am calm.
  • I am confident.
  • I am strong.
  • Everything will work out for me.
  • Courage starts by just showing up.
  • I am good enough.
  • I will let go of whatever makes me stop.
  • My opinion or perspective is important.
  • My feelings are important.
  • My feelings matters.
  • Everything will be fine.
  • I am not afraid.
  • I will survive.
  • My life is about to be incredible.
  • I deserve to be loved.
  • I deserve to be happy.
  • I am loved.
  • I am worthy of love.
  • Good riddens to decisions that don't support self-care, self-value and self-worth.
  • I am the greatest.
  • I don't need a relationship to feel happy.
  • I am capable.
  • I am courageous.
  • I can do this.
  • I believe in myself.
  • I am worthy of good things.
  • I was not made for failure. I was made for victory!
  • I am not a failure.
  • Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.
  • Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I'm possible".
  • I am resilient.
  • I will practice gratitude everyday.
  • I'm better than I used to be. Better than I was yesterday. But not as good as I'll be tomorrow.
  • I control the way I react to others.
  • I'm FREE!
  • I am worthy and deserve respect.
  • I unconditionally love and respect myself!
  • I will not criticize myself.
  • I will not compare myself to others.
  • I'm allowed to take up space.
  • My mistakes do not define me.
  • I learn from my mistakes.
  • I have the potential to succeed.
  • I am fearless.
  • I know my worth.
  • I stand up for what I believe in no matter what.
  • My needs and wants are important.
  • I am my own hero.
  • I have the power to create change in my life. 
  • I have the right to say no.
  • I have the right to create boundaries in my life.
  • I am creating the life I want.
  • My life is a gift.
  • I don't sweat the small stuff.
  • I will not criticize myself.
  • I am smart enough to make my own decisions.

The more often you use an affirmation, it can help strengthen self-worth by boosting both your positive opinion of yourself and your confidence in your ability to achieve your goals. They can also help counter the feelings of panic, stress, and self-doubt that often accompany anxiety.

Remember, when feeling a high sense of anxiety, before repeating an Affirmation, follow the 3 3 3 rule:

Look around you and name three things you see. Then, name three sounds you hear. Finally, move three parts of your body — your ankle, fingers, or arm. Whenever you feel your brain going 100 miles per hour, this mental trick can help center your mind, bringing you back to the present moment. ~ Chansky