Daily positive affirmations can do wonders to your state of mind

How To Practice Daily Positive Affirmations (With Examples!)

Positive affirmations can have a deep impact on your well-being. Here’s how you can do it daily, plus a list of affirmations to get you started.

Over a decade ago, I had my first experience with the transformative nature of positive affirmations. It was while I was studying Hypnobirthing in preparation to give birth to my second child. 

Seeing as how it worked pretty damn well for both that birth and the following one, I am fully convinced of how effective this simple practice can be, especially when you’ve got a good guide to follow!

I’ll be honest – over the years, my consistent use of positive affirmations has waxed and waned. It’s pretty telling that I use positive affirmations mostly when I’m going through a particularly challenging time. It has clearly become a way for me to cope and gain clarity in troubling times.

However, in this past year, I’ve become much more intentional with using positive affirmations. It’s a daily practice that I rely on every day, and it’s definitely something that has helped me approach life, and all its challenges, with more grace and strength.

Read on to find out more about the power of positive affirmations and how you can use it in your daily life!

What are affirmations?

Put simply, affirmations are phrases that you say to yourself with the intention of reminding yourself of a thought or idea. Positive affirmations are uplifting and inspirational. You use phrases that exude optimism and positivity in yourself and others.

When you go deeper though, practicing positive affirmations is more than saying a string of words to yourself. It’s the act of anchoring yourself to this positive thought throughout your day or week, or even year. 

Positive affirmations are:

  • Short and memorable
  • Easy to repeat
  • Positive 
  • Intentional – it serves a bigger goal

The best part of this practice is that it takes but mere seconds out of your day! That’s the primary reason I continue to do it, and don’t see myself ever stopping.

Why should you practice positive affirmations?

1. Everyone can do it

It’s easy to dismiss positive affirmations as a new age thing meant for millennials and hipsters, but there are many movements and wellness practices that have adapted it as a core value. Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), HypnoBirthing, and some types of yoga use positive affirmations. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, culture, religion, or sexuality, can benefit from positive affirmations.

2. It reminds you of what’s important 

In today’s social climate of constant comparison, pointless busy-ness, and rampant consumerism, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of not feeling good enough, or always needing shiny new things to be happy. Positive affirmations help ground you. They become a frequent reminder that you are more than enough, and you don’t need pointless things in order to be happy.

3. Words have power

Research has shown that words can alter the way you perceive yourself and others. The way we talk to ourselves and others can have a very real impact on ourselves, and our society. It’s so important to understand and acknowledge the deep impact that words can have on our subconscious, and use this awareness to focus on useful, positive, and effective words in our daily lives. 

4. It helps you drown out negative thoughts 

We’re all guilty of being a little too tough on ourselves. But think about this: would you speak to a friend or loved one the way you speak to yourself? We’re often far too unkind and harsh on ourselves, and it serves no benefit. Shifting that mindset and focusing on positive self-talk instead – even in the face of failure or rejection, where negative inner dialogue usually reigns supreme – can help you move forward instead of dwelling in the past.

5. You will connect to your core values

Somehow, in the midst of our everyday chaos, we tend to lose ourselves. Little by little, we compromise parts of our identity and don’t even notice it. Positive affirmation does wonders in terms of reminding you of who you really are, and what matters to you. It’s a way for you to reconnect to your greater purpose each and every day! 

When to practice positive affirmations

1. Anchor your affirmations to an existing habit

One of the easiest ways to build a new habit is by anchoring or attaching it onto an existing habit. 

So start by doing your morning affirmations just before you brush your teeth or have your coffee (whichever comes first – I’m not judging!). I personally anchor my affirmations to my morning coffee, and each time I take a sip from my water tumbler. In my mind, it’s like “drinking in” my affirmation. 

For the next few days, take a good hard look at your routine. Are there things you do everyday that could be a good place to anchor your affirmations? 

Here are some ideas of moments in your day where you can anchor your affirmations:

  • While you prepare breakfast.
  • Before you brush your teeth.
  • Every time you get into your car.
  • Each time you check the clock for the time.

2. Establish it as part of your wellness routine

Another idea is to anchor it to another wellness habit, like your daily exercise or stretching routine. For example, I also say my affirmations during my early morning yoga stretches. 

I can’t take credit for this idea, though – it all started when I joined the 30-day Morning Yoga Movement challenge by Yoga With Kassandra (it’s free on YouTube – give it a try!). It’s now something I practice every day, and each session always includes a lovely affirmation to start my morning with.

Here are some ways you can establish positive affirmations to your wellness routine:

  • If you take daily walks, repeat your positive affirmation every time you turn a corner.
  • If you exercise at the gym, repeat your affirmation before and after your workout.
  • Frequent stretching is really important if you sit at a desk at work all day. You can repeat your affirmations every time you take a stretching break.

3. Power up your affirmation

When you use your affirmations to help guide your behaviour each day, it keeps you mindful and intentional. It also helps you reaffirm the messages that you’re sending to your brain, as you’re backing up the words with action.

The following are some examples on how you can do this:

  • I bring positive energy to any situation I am in – Create a happy and joyful atmosphere when interacting with family, friends, or colleagues that day.
  • I love and appreciate every inch of my body – take 5 minutes to massage some of your favourite lotion onto your skin.
  • I am forgiving and gentle – If the children are being tough, take a moment before reacting to consider your options. Opt for a cool, calm, and collected reaction.

4. Look at your affirmations often

Did you know that, on average, we check our phones more than 50 times a day? That’s pretty ridiculous, and probably not the best habit, but I’ll admit I’m guilty of approaching this number daily (half the time it’s for work though, so maybe it’s not so bad? Lol).

Why not create more positive moments around this bad habit? Set your lock screen and phone wallpaper to something like the image below. I love Pinterest for finding cute affirmation wallpapers for my phone! I have an album full of my favourites so I can change it up whenever I want. You could even create your own wallpapers using Instagram Stories or Canva.

Here are a few that I made – feel free to save them as your phone wallpaper!

Positive Affirmations Phone Wallpaper - I forgive myself for past mistakes Positive Affirmations Phone Wallpaper - I am loved and appreciated Positive Affirmations Phone Wallpaper - Every part of me is beautiful

After the recent iOS 14 update, I’ve also taken to using the Widgetsmith app to create text widgets with my daily affirmations! So that’s definitely something you could try too.

Now every time you pick up your phone, you’re reminded to repeat that day’s positive affirmation. Easy, right?

I also write down my daily affirmations in my daily planner. I mean, I am constantly checking my to-do list each day, might as well pop my affirmations on there where I’ll see it each time!

More ways to incorporate positive affirmations in your life

  • Jot them down in a journal or planner
  • Create an affirmations jar
  • Share your affirmations with friends
  • Anchor your affirmations to movement
  • Create art around your affirmation
  • Seek things that relate to your affirmation
  • Create a vision board around your favourite affirmations
  • Save quotes that resonate with your affirmation

You can find more details about these techniques by reading my blog post about the different ways you can incorporate positive affirmations in your life!

How to practice positive affirmations

Now, actually doing your positive affirmations is easy! It will take just a few seconds of your time, but once you do it a few times a day, you’ll start to see a transformation in the way you think, feel, and behave.

  1. Relax your jaw, neck, and shoulders, and maybe close your eyes.
  2. Take a deep, cleansing breath into your nose and out your mouth.
  3. Gently and confidently repeat your affirmation to yourself, either in your head or out loud.
  4. Take another deep breath.
  5. You’re done!

I promise you, it honestly takes very little time to do.

Just remember to take the time to focus fully on your affirmation. This is not something you should do while distracted! It takes less than a minute, so spare those few seconds to invest in this. 

List of positive affirmations to get you started

Body

I am beautiful, inside and out

My body is strong and capable

I am perfect just the way I am

I honor my body and treat it kindly

I am confident of how I show up in the world

I feel brave and strong in my body

 

Mind

I have faith in my abilities

I am confident and powerful 

My thoughts are valid 

I am making a difference in the world

I am filled with wisdom

I can manage challenges effectively

 

Emotion

I love deeply and openly

I am worthy of respect and love

My heart is resilient

I am loved and appreciated

I create a positive and joyful atmosphere

I am forgiving and kind

 

Want more affirmations? Download my FREE eBook – 60 Days Of Positive Affirmations For Women – for two month’s worth of simple affirmations you can start practicing right away!

Reconnect to your true self, one positive affirmation at a time

Positive affirmations take very little time out of our day, but can have a huge impact over the long-term. If you don’t believe me, then why not give it a try over the course of a couple of months?

My eBook – 60 Days Of Positive Affirmations For Women – contains a month’s worth of positive affirmations. These affirmations are perfect for women who are in need of more positive self-talk and a mindset shift to reach their goals. If this sounds like something that you need in your life, click here to download it for free, or scroll down to the form below.

This eBook will help you take the time to center yourself with positive affirmations every day, and the free printable that comes with it is a good way of having an affirmation ready to go whenever you need it.

Small changes can have a big impact. Positive affirmations seem like such a tiny shift in your daily life, right? But after a few weeks you’ll notice that you’ll have a positive shift in your mindset and outlook. It’s never too late to start a good habit, so start with your daily affirmations today!


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I'm Adriana. I create content that helps women find balance, clarity, and purpose in their busy lives.

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20 thoughts on “How To Practice Daily Positive Affirmations (With Examples!)

  1. Adriana, what a fantastic and super inspiring blog. I love how thoroughly you have structured it. Bringing it to life with examples is mega useful!!!

    1. Aww thanks, Isabel. I really do appreciate your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the read and found it helpful!

      – Adriana

  2. I am SO glad I found your blog. After two years of continuous loss and turmoil, I have to remind myself to take time for self care and so much of that is the way I talk to myself. I’m re-building after a terrible divorce and the death of both parents, so it hasn’t always been easy to be kind to myself. Thanks for the reminder on how to do it.

    1. Your comment really resonated with me, Amber! I’ve been through divorce and am about to mark one year since the passing of my best friend in the world. Grief and loss can feel overwhelming – heck, *insurmountable* sometimes – and I find that positive affirmations really do ground me mentally and emotionally. I really hope this practice will help you. I’m holding space for you <3

      - Adriana

  3. This was a very inspiring read, I loved how you gave us some positive affirmations to start out with, I will definitely be trying them!! I need to follow your tip of anchoring them to an existing habit because I usually say them for a few days and then forget about it. Thanks!

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful! Anchoring it to an existing habit is definitely my most favourite way to create any new habit, but it’s especially great with affirmations as it only takes a few seconds 🙂 Good luck, Lucie!

  4. I absolutely love positive affirmations, they have helped me and my mental health so much. My favourite way to use them is to record myself saying them and listen to it back. Your brain listens even more if its actually you speaking. I love it!

    1. No worries, Ruth! Glad I could help! Honestly, anchoring it to an existing habit has been the best way for me to really make this a part of my daily routine.

  5. That’s a fantastic article! I totally agree that words you tell yourself have such a power for building a positive and confident self. I loved your ideas of positive affirmations, I’ll definitely try some of them out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m so glad you found it useful! Yes, words have so much power and can really impact your mindset. Let me know how it goes for you!

      – Adriana

  6. Adriana, I love this post! Your suggestions around the times we can anchor our affirmations are spot on. Lately, I’ve found that repeating an affirmation while washing dishes has worked well. I also like the steps for how to make affirmations work (short and repeatable, etc.) I’ll be keeping all this in mind as I incorporate affirmations more often!

    1. Oh wow, that’s actually really clever, anchoring your affirmations while doing a repetitive chore or activity! I will definitely update this post with that tip, if you’re okay with it? All credit goes you, of course xx

      – Adriana

  7. Adriana, I absolutely LOVE this article! I have recently started to rely more heavily on positive affirmations and your tips are great! I have never heard of the Widgetsmith app… I’m going to check it out as soon as I get to my phone! xoxo

    1. Hey Susan!

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! Affirmations have had such a transformational effect on my daily life, so I’m happy to hear you’ve been focusing on it too.

      And YES, Widgetsmith is great! It’s a fantastic way to make sure your phone becomes a positive source of inspiration and affirmation xx

      – Adriana

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