Too many of us start our days in a rush, barreling through breakfast, racing through the house just trying to get out the door without a second thought to our state of mind. But it turns out that starting your day in a peaceful, positive state of mind could be as essential as brushing your teeth. According to the Mayo Clinic, how we view ourselves is tied to our psychological and physical health, specifically when it comes to dealing with stress and depression. So with only a minute to spare in the morning, how can you cultivate a more positive, confident self? The good news is that a minute is all you need. Telling yourself positive affirmations in the morning not only gives you more confidence throughout the day but can contribute to an overall more positive self image – something women are in desperate need of. Start with these five phrases to begin your day in a better way.
“I am worthy of respect”
This is a foundational phrase to being your morning affirmations, because believing you are indeed worthy of respect will help all other affirmations to fall into place. When considering this phrase it’s important to start with the idea of self-respect. April Lane Benson, Ph.D., defines self-respect as “having the proud feeling that you matter.” Tell yourself that you matter! Once that feeling is affirmed, you can deepen the meaning of this phrase to include being worthy of the respect of others.
“I am capable”
What challenges do you face on a daily basis? Do they often seem more overwhelming than that bottomless pile of laundry? Fortunately, you are more than capable to tackle all of those daily challenges, but one reason you may not feel up to the task is that you’re not giving yourself enough credit. Start creating a better track record in your mind by reminding yourself you’ve been capable all along, even if a load (or two) of laundry doesn’t get done, it’s not a reflection of your capabilities. It’s simply a challenge for another day.
“I am confident”
Confidence is time and time again proven to be one of the most attractive traits in a partner, a leader and a friend. Not only is confidence attractive, it’s essential to maintaining your individual strength through life’s daily decisions. Karl Gruber writes on Livestrong.com that “the importance of developing a self-confident attitude allows you to wade through the push and pull of different voices and opinions.” Be your own voice of confidence and reason, and the rest of your day will be easier to manage.
“I am strong”
Trying to maintain a positive outlook or simply an even keel in a constantly inconsistent life is enough to make anyone feel they’ve been thrown overboard. Use this morning affirmation to be your own life raft. Think back on the situations when you’ve already been strong, and remember you already have all the strength you need to complete your daily tasks. Being strong also means knowing when you need an extra hand. So don’t be afraid to ask a friend or neighborhood for assistance with whatever is overflowing your to-do list. Asking for help does not mean you’re weak or a failure, it just means you’re strong enough to know how to best spend your time and energy.
“I am ready”
How many times have you told yourself you’re not ready – even for the small things like getting out of bed in the morning. Or that work meeting. Or that parent-teacher conference. Chances are that you actually were ready, it’s just that you didn’t want to move forward with the task. By changing the outlook and saying that you are ready for whatever the day holds, you’re acknowledging your preparedness, and you’ll be more inclined to begin the day with a positive tone.
Give yourself the gift of starting your day with more positivity by reciting these morning affirmations. It may feel silly or ingenuous at first, but keep at it. The more you begin to believe these phrases, the better you’ll be able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way.