RiP would like to share with you a strategy which may help you to become kinder, more accepting and more loving towards yourself – positive affirmations.

Many experts believe that the use of positive affirmations can help a person become more self-compassionate and ultimately increase their self-confidence.

Essentially repeating positive affirmations to yourself is a strategy where you repeat a positive statement to yourself over, and over, and over again.

A bit like a mantra.

For example:

  • “Depression is strong, but I am stronger …”
  • “Depression is strong, but I am stronger …”
  • “Depression is strong, but I am stronger …”

Positive affirmations such as these can be really useful, since they will help you to offset any negative things you might be subconsciously telling yourself – such as “I’ll never get through this … I’ll never get through this … I’ll never get through this …”

Here are some suggestions for what you might like to repeat to yourself each and every day:

Positive affirmations to combat worthless thoughts about yourself:

I am worthy of more than my mind tells me I am.

I deserve the same compassion I give to others.

I will always be my own best friend.

I am enough.

I am worthy of love and respect.

I am learning to love myself more and more each day.

I see the good in me.

I won’t use my flaws as an excuse not to love myself.

I feel at peace with who I am.

I see the beauty in my body.

I embrace my quirks and find the beauty in them.

I am becoming kinder in the way I speak to myself.

I’m a good person.

Positive affirmations to combat negative thoughts about a mistake you may have made:

One mistake does not define my worth.

It’s OK not to be perfect.

I did my best and that’s enough.

I did the best I could with what I knew at the time.

I forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made.

I won’t let the past define me.

One moment does not define who I am.

I will give myself the same compassion that I’d give my best friend.

Positive affirmations to combat negative thoughts comparing yourself to others:

I am my own person following my own path.

I will not compare my “every day moments” to someone else’s “highlight reel”.

Social media is not an accurate representation of reality.

My goal is to be the best version of myself I can be.

I won’t allow outside noise to distract me.

I’m running my own race with my own timeline.

Positive affirmations to combat negative thoughts that depression can make you feel:

It’s normal for depression to make it difficult to function.

I survived today and that’s the main thing.

I am not lazy.

I am not weak.

I am not useless.

My struggles are a reflection of depression, not me.

My depression does not define me.

I will be patient with myself as I heal.

I forgive myself for what I did in “survival mode.”

I will adjust my standards to accommodate for depression’s symptoms.

And Finally….

The first rule of using positive affirmations is to make them a part of your daily routine. Adding your daily affirmations to your morning routine, you will help you to start your day in a positive way.

Always remember that the first 30 minutes of your morning can impact the whole of your day. That’s pretty powerful when you think about it. 

To make the most of these first 30 minutes, you should use your daily affirmations. 

Every morning when you wake up, grab a notebook or journal and write 2-3 affirmations that you want to channel that day. Pick 3 affirmations which really resonate with you. 

When you’ve written them down, re-read them a few times. Then, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and say these affirmations out loud. Do this as many times as you feel is necessary. 

Throughout the day, refer back to these affirmations. Re-read them, run them through your mind, and concentrate on them.

Maintaining this practice throughout your day will encourage and improve your positive mindset.

Peace and tranquility.

Author: Michael W

Special Thanks to

The Depression Project

The Self Love Circle