A Beginner's Guide to Affirmations

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Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling completely out of sorts?  Do you have days where negative thoughts dictate how you see yourself?

If your answer is yes to the questions above, then using affirmations daily could be a helpful technique for you. Committing to this habit can change your thinking and live a better life.

In this article, we'll give you some daily affirmation examples, how to use them, and how they work.

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    What Are Daily Affirmations?

    Affirmations are statements we tell ourselves to help us achieve success and happiness. We use them to assist us in positive changes in our minds. By repeating phrases to ourselves, affirmations assist us in achieving goals.

    Sounds easy, but affirmations should not just be empty statements for it to work like that. It should be words with personal meanings that you choose to believe in.

    Having a list of affirmations that you can use is only one step. You need to understand the end goal rather than simply repeating it to yourself. It’s important to strive in applying its core meaning to your daily life.

    Benefits of Affirmations

    Affirmations serve as reminders of fundamentals we may have lost sight of. It can help by letting us stop and recall the wonderful human beings we may not recognize from time to time.

    Use it to draw motivation from words in your exercise. Whenever you feel like not working towards your goal, you can use it to fuel up your drive in reaching your goals. 

    Affirmations also work as a good way to preserve self-esteem. They can help you feel better about yourself and dial back negative words you may receive from others. A repellent to unpredictable unpleasant emotions life may throw at you.

    How to Do Daily Affirmations

    Daily affirmations should be easy to do. You only need to select a phrase that expresses your goal mindset and you repeat it to yourself. To explain it further, here are some pointers to get you started with a successful affirmation routine:

    1. Affirmations should be spoken aloud.

    Speaking your affirmation aloud might feel awkward, but it is very much needed. Mentally chanting your affirmations is fine. But hearing it in your ears and feeling it leave your mouth gives a different power to your affirmations. Involving the added senses of hearing and verbalizing affirmations gives structure to an intangible matter.

    ​2. Practice affirmation daily

    Try repeating affirmations to yourself for around 5 minutes as you get out of bed in the morning. Sparing just a few minutes resonating your best traits to yourself can help improve your entire day. From there, you can increase your time allotted to affirmations and see better results. 

    3. Practice affirmations consistently.

    Consistency is key in your affirmation exercise. Don't try to miss any days if possible. Otherwise, your efforts can be in vain if you perform it irregularly. Affirmations are a wonderful way to supplement yourself validation and it works best if done daily.

    4. Have patience in the results. 

    Be patient. Maintain your affirmation routine even if it takes some time before you see any changes. You can only see improvements when you repeat your specific affirmations enough. So much that your mind starts to believe in them.  

    The 3 P’s of Affirmations

    The 3 P’s of affirmations are guidelines of how your affirmations should sound like. These guiding principles ensure that you do your affirmations correctly.  


    You must feel as though your affirmation is already true in order to acquire a higher resonance in your life.

    Because of this, it's crucial to write in the present tense as though the affirmation is currently taking place. Avoid placing your affirmations in future form at all times. This just insinuates that this is not yet happening for you.

    What you want to affirm is your today, not your tomorrow. Reminding this to yourself is a good way to feel connected to the positive energy this practice is supposed to bring into your life.


    Affirmations ought to center on you. No matter how powerful you feel, you have no control over how others act. Only your own thoughts, feelings, and emotions are your responsibility.

    Make your affirmations an intimate exercise and don’t inject others’ perception into your practice.  


    In your affirmation, you must use a term or phrase that is positive. This serves as a reminder that you are pursuing something that is good for you.

    Framing your affirmations positively is shifting your gears to the right track. Never forget: It's important to concentrate your energy on what you want to happen rather than what you don't.

    Daily Affirmation to Tell Yourself

    Here are some beginner affirmations you may use as a guide:

    • I am enough.
    • I am loved and accepted.
    • I love myself. 
    • I am strong.
    • I can stand up for myself.
    • I am brave.
    • I am in charge of my own happiness. 
    • I am a good person.
    • My life is full of blessings.
    • I am beautiful just the way I am.
    • I am capable of doing my job right.
    • I am successful in life.
    • I can stand up for myself.
    • I am more than what my past is.
    • I am in control of my life.
    • I am ready for change.
    • I am allowed to put myself first.

    With what was given, you can go ahead and personalize it. Being specific about what you want to affirm could help your mind focus on your personal goals.

    The Takeaway

    Daily affirmation practices can be helpful for cultivating a more optimistic outlook. Affirmations may help us change our minds over time in ways that enhance our well-being.

    Yet, we shouldn't expect magic or a quick fix to our problems. Like many things, it takes time. Even if it may be difficult to keep speaking about things you don't believe are true, just continue.

    With daily practice, you'll soon start to believe in the words you say. Through affirmation, we hope you remember that you deserve to be loved. You have every right to feel good about yourself.

    Celina Wang

    Celina Wang, a seasoned Feng Shui and crystal healing enthusiast, shares a decade of expertise on the Buddha & Karma blog. Inspired by her travels in East Asia and love for nature, she guides readers through the transformative world of Feng Shui and crystals, infusing her writing with insights from her peaceful garden meditations.

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    1 Comment

    • Lucy Bianca

      I just received my ring and it’s absolutely beautiful. I cleansed it and am wearing it on my left hand middle finger. I know not to bath with it , but what about other kike washing dishes.

      Thank you, Love and Light 💜

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