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20 positive self-affirmations to help you stay motivated

Need a dose of positivity? You’re not alone. In these turbulent times, most of us need a daily dose of self-affirmations to get through the day.

Maintaining a positive self-view is not the easiest task for many. These positive self-affirmations will help you restore your faith in yourself and bring about a positive outlook on life.

It is true that positive self-affirmations are not a substitute for professional help such as therapy for when you are feeling anxious or depressed. But if you are looking for some love language for yourself to uplift yourself on a bad day, then this is the way to go out. From forming better mental health habits to improving self-esteem, what you affirm for yourself plays a great role in your life. But let’s first understand what self-affirmation is.

What is self-affirmation?

Originally popularised by Claude Steele in the late 1980s, self-affirmation is a psychological theory that focuses on how individuals adapt to information or experiences that are threatening to their self-concept. Positive self-affirmation can be acts that affirm an individual’s self-worth, often by having them reflect on their core values. This, in turn, may you a broader and unbiased view of yourself. This way one can move beyond self-threats and insecurities that hold them back and prove as a challenge to their self-esteem and integrity.

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To sum up, self-affirmations are positive reminders or statements to encourage and motivate yourself.

What are some positive self-affirmations that you can have?

The one thing to remember here is that nobody else is responsible for yourself. Hence, in order to take care of one’s own self, a healthy mind is as essential as a healthy body. Having a set of positive self-affirmations is a great way to look forward to something every morning when you wake up and just have a more positive outlook towards life.

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  1. I give myself permission to do what is right for me.
  2. I am getting better and better every day.
  3. I am good at what I do and nobody can tell me otherwise.
  4. I can and I will take care of myself on my bad days.
  5. I am responsible for my own growth and I will create the right atmosphere for it.
  6. I allow myself to be who I am without judgment.
  7. What I love about myself is my ability to (add your own)
  8. I will give myself the care and attention that I deserve.
  9. I will accept my emotions and let them serve their purpose instead of blocking them.
  10. I am a living, breathing example of motivation.
  11. I’m rising above the thoughts that are trying to make me angry or afraid.
  12. I am grateful for everything I have in my life.
  13. Each and every day, I am getting closer to achieving my goals.
  14. I am constantly growing and evolving into a better person.
  15. I will put my energy into things that matter to me.
  16. I trust myself to make the right decision.
  17. I am learning valuable lessons from myself every day.
  18. I am at peace with who I am as a person.
  19. I’ve made it through hard times before, and I’ve come out stronger and better because of them. I’m going to make it through this.
  20. Note to self: I am going to make you so proud.

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Sreetama Basu

A self-proclaimed plant mom, Sreetama finds joy wherever she sees greenery. The list of other things that bring her joy is pretty long, but writing about them is her way of celebrating them. In love with little, inconsequential things, like neatly tucked-in bedsheets and big, significant things, like whole cheesecakes. She dreams of being a baker and writing about food someday.


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