When used correctly, affirmations are helpful components of a self-care practice. Their purpose isn’t to “fake it 'til you make it.” Words can’t force you to believe things, but they can help you improve the way you feel.
I AM Affirmations are mood-boosting tools. The message helps you feel optimistic, open, and positive. While the "I AM" statement positions you at the center of your desire. You're the only person in charge of how you feel. You are the master of your destiny. You deserve to be at the center.
Practicing affirmations can be a slippery slope when they're used to change a belief rather than mood boost. Repeating an affirmation when you're sad or one that you don't believe can actually make you feel worse. Canadian researcher Dr. Joanne Wood and her team at the University of Waterloo published a study in theJournal of Psychological Science.
They concluded that "repeating positive self-statements may benefit certain people, such as individuals with high self-esteem, but backfire for the very people who need them the most."
The lesson here is - when you feel good - they can help you feel even better. But, when you're upset, they can backfire. Avoid repeating them if it feels inauthentic. Instead, repeat ones that resonate with you and make you happy. When you're upset, acknowledge your feelings and give yourself time to naturally return to a positive optimistic state. Then, once you feel yourself again you can benefit from the true power of them.
Give yourself permission to be complete and a work-in-progress simultaneously. There's also an element of forgiveness in it. This means you're ready to let go of past mistakes and move forward.
Close-mindedness and inflexibility can be a hindrance to growth. Others have nuggets of wisdom they can offer you if you're open to listening.
A reminder for you to put your feelings and needs first. You can't pour from an empty cup.
Life isn't a race, it's a marathon. Instead of feeling anxiety over the future, trust that - as long as you keep moving forward - you'll achieve your goals.
This statement reflects the first step to falling in love with yourself. There's a lot of talk about self-love but what about self-like? Take baby steps if need be.
This one is important for people who are independent to a fault. Don't try to take on the world by yourself.
Another reminder to relax and trust the journey. Become comfortable saying "I don't know."
A reminder to take the pressure off of others. Give others the same grace to be imperfect.
Give yourself license to play harder.
An I AM affirmation that is also a law of attraction affirmation. If you subscribe to those principles, this one reminds you that the answers you seek are seeking you.
One of the positive I AM affirmations that reminds you to trust your gut. Good feelings are your guidance system.
The perfect message when you're already optimistic about the future.
Give yourself permission to be perfectly imperfect.
Find more chill times as often as possible.
Make a bucket list and do more things that excite you.
Perhaps the most important to remember.
Damn right, you are.
A reminder to not let anyone or anything get in the way of your happiness.
This I AM affirmation is a reminder to get outside, appreciate nature, and ground yourself.
Essential to our list, this statement is a reminder that you benefit from every experience, good or bad.
Give yourself permission to have fun with this message.
One of the law of attraction affirmations that helps you "find the feeling."
You just keep getting better and better.
Anything is possible, stay open-minded.
Spend more time focusing on your strengths than trying to improve your "weaknesses."
Don't compromise your feelings to appease others.
You’re here for a good time, not a long time.
Instead of putting pressure on yourself to feel good, you can try to feel comfortable.
Create a List of I AM Affirmations
You’re not limited to our list. You can make your own. Think about the aspects you love about yourself or the attributes you aspire to have. Close your eyes and say aloud:
"I am _____."
If you make a statement that feels inauthentic, dial it back to a statement that feels genuine.Psychologist Carmen Isáissuggests that her clients to go neutral when reciting affirmations rather than make statements that don't align with their beliefs.
"Instead of:"Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better."
Try:"I have had better days, but I have also had worse. Today I am OK."
Instead of:"I am beautiful, happy and love myself."
Try:"I am working on accepting me as I am," she says.