Affirmations are everywhere. If you’ve dipped your toes into spirituality and have heard of this phenomenon they call The Secret, you’ll likely have stumbled upon them already. But what are morning affirmations, and how do they work?
How you start your day is everything.
How you start your day can mean the difference between a joyous, fulfilling, nourishing day and one filled with anxiety, stress, and absolute chaos.
So, how do you start your day?
Do you have an empowering morning ritual that creates the foundation of your day?
Perhaps you meditate, do some gentle yoga or stretching, go for a swim or journal. Or maybe you haven’t put much thought into your mornings. Maybe you wake up when your alarm goes off, roll out of bed, down some coffee and dash out the door. On a good day, you don’t leave anything behind.
My morning ritual didn’t exist until around six years ago, but it has transformed my life since then. My days are so much more spacious. I get more done. I feel like I’ve poured back into my own cup before the day has even begun. So no matter what life throws my way after that, I am unshakeable (well, much less shakeable).
Positive morning affirmations are another beautiful tool to work with as part of your morning ritual. They’re a way to embody more of and call in whatever you need on a soul level. They can offer much-needed encouragement, positive energy, and hope, even in your darkest of hours. Plus, you don’t need hours of free time—five minutes is more than enough to get started daily morning affirmations.
What are morning affirmations?
In its simplest form, an affirmation is an empowering statement or belief you repeat regularly to help you manifest real change in your world. That might be a desire to be more accepting of your body the way it looks today, to stop wasting your energy on emotionally unavailable men, or to have more confidence in yourself as you run your business.
Affirmations are good any time of day or night. But the reason so many people choose to repeat their affirmations in the morning is that it’s a fabulous way to begin your day and use the momentum gained to inspire immediate action. They help counter negative thoughts and self-judgment and keep your mind focused on something positive and beneficial to you.
There are many different types of affirmations to work with, including self-love affirmations, abundance affirmations, relationship affirmations, morning gratitude affirmations, and more. Morning affirmations are incredibly simple and empowering to create and can be used by anyone.
I want to clarify that I don’t believe affirmations are about ignoring negative emotions or experiences. It’s unhealthy to demand happiness from yourself (or anyone else) at all times, particularly if you’re dealing with something heavy—this is known as toxic positivity. Give yourself permission to feel a wide range of emotions, including negative ones. Remember that your emotions are not you and do not define you or your story. They are constantly changing.
The yogic practice of sankalpa
I first came across the concept of a sankalpa in my own yoga and meditation practice which has spanned over 14 years and counting. It centers on the belief that if we want to live the fullest, most vibrant life and reach the highest evolution of our soul, we have to draw our minds towards our deepest desires and intentions.
A sankalpa is an “I am” statement or a specific intention or goal, which is very similar to an affirmation. It can be roughly translated as a vow or commitment to support our highest truth. At its heart, a sankalpa is meant to honor the deeper meaning of your existence here on earth.
In both yoga and meditation, you may be asked to create a sankalpa at the start of your practice and carry it with you through the duration, often circling back to it.
Do morning affirmations work?
Personally, I don’t tend to pay much attention to research or studies when it comes to anything.
Because when you go looking for research to back up a belief or theory, you’ll usually find it. But there will inevitably be another study that proves the exact opposite. This is the nature of research, plus, the majority of studies only have a few thousand participants at most, which is a very small sample when you think about it.
Chances are you fall into one of two camps: you are very open to all things mystical, magical, and other-worldly, or you think it’s all hocus-pocus witchcraft. And if you’re here reading this, my guess is you fall into the first camp, the same way I do.
But in case you’re curious, many studies have shown the power of repeating powerful morning affirmations.
Louise Hay (founder of Hay House) popularised the use of affirmations in the 80s as she leaned on daily, supportive affirmations (amongst other things) to win her battle with cervical cancer. She firmly believed every human being has the power to heal themselves from dis-ease by choosing new, empowering beliefs and ways of thinking.
MRI evidence suggests neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmations. This practice can also help us view and process negative and threatening information as more self-relevant and valuable. Self-affirmations have also been proven to decrease stress and rumination, boost academic achievement, and promote healthy behavior changes, including eating more fruit and veg.
The Law of Attraction says affirmations do work
You may have already come across the idea that what we think about most becomes our reality. This is the heart of The Law of Attraction.
Think about some of the past experiences you’ve had of good days and bad days. Let’s say you rush out the door and into your car on Monday morning to head into work, but you find your car won’t start. What do you tell yourself at that moment?
“It’s going to be one of those crappy days.”
Or, “These things happen—what’s most important is I have my health and happiness. While I wait for someone to tow my car, I’m going to get started on some emails.”
A negative thought can lead to a string of other negative thoughts and actions, which leave you feeling terrible and having a bad day.
On the other hand, a positive thought can put you into a state of gratitude and abundance. It’s not about pretending that unfortunate things aren’t happening to you and living in denial. It’s about choosing to accept this moment for what it is and recognizing that you have control over your thoughts.
Of course, there will be times when a positive thought is not enough to negate what we’re feeling (for example, when you’re grieving or heartbroken), but even then, moving into a state of gratitude or love or compassion can be beneficial.
Tell yourself it’s going to be a good day, and you’re much more likely to have a good day.
How to create your own morning affirmations
What is a good morning affirmation?
Here are some tips to help you create your own morning affirmations.
1. Try beginning with the words, “I AM”
Two of the most powerful words in the dictionary. “I am affirmations” evoke a sense that what you’re trying to embody more of is already in motion. Not all affirmations have to start like this, but many of them do.
2. Use the present tense
Imagine that you have already achieved whatever it is you hope to by repeating your affirmation. It has already manifested in your world. This quietly nudges you to take action towards making your affirmation a reality.
3. Focus on what you want
When we think of something we don’t want to happen, we continue to reinforce it in our minds. If there’s something you don’t want, stop thinking about it! Affirmations are for focusing on what you do want.
4. Keep it short
The best morning affirmations are ones that are easy to memorize and repeat. Anything longer than a line tends to be too long. Look at where you can cut out unnecessary words and be more selective with your choice.
5. Include emotion or feelings
Words like happy, grateful, and joyous are powerful positive emotions that can help raise your vibration and help you attract more positive energy. It won’t always feel right to add words like these, but if it does, then do.
6. Choose the right affirmation for you
The best morning affirmations are ones that are true to you, where you stand today, and what you desire most. They need to align with your personal values.
You may not realize it yet, but your deepest desires are already within you, waiting for you to discover them. You don’t need to wrack your brain and conjure something elaborate.
Be still. Think about what you really want. Listen. Pay attention. Sit with whatever arises. Feel it. Reflect on it.
The right affirmation will come through you; you won’t have to go searching for it.
95 powerful affirmations to work with today
I encourage you to create your own affirmations because they’re much more meaningful this way. However, I know that inspiration can serve as the gentle nudge (or shove) we need to get started.
Select affirmations will resonate deeply with you as you read through them, while others will not. This is your inner wisdom—tune into it and allow it to guide you.
This list may serve as pure inspiration. You may choose to use one of these affirmations as your own. You may also find you want to take a word or theme from different affirmations and bring them together to create your own. Do whatever feels right for you.
I am at peace.
I am grateful for this new day.
I am open to new opportunities.
Today is going to be a great day.
I love being alive.
I am blessed.
I am a magnet for abundance.
Money flows to me with ease.
I am committed to growing each day.
My body is magnificent.
I am beautiful.
I am love.
I am capable of anything I dream of.
I am bigger than my problems.
I feel so alive.
I need both sun and rain to flourish.
I will always get back up again.
I let go of all that feels heavy.
I release what no longer serves me.
I am a creative being.
I know who I am.
I believe in myself.
I am an empowered woman.
I am capable of greatness.
I am a kind and compassionate being.
I know my worth.
I love who I am.
I am confident.
I am always my best self.
I am calm.
I am exactly where I am meant to be.
I invest in my education and growth.
I am open to receiving the many gifts that want to come to me.
I am my best self.
I am healthy.
I make thoughtful decisions that support my highest good.
I am a powerful woman with oceans stirring and rising within me.
I am following my true purpose.
I have everything I need to succeed.
I am the creator of my destiny.
I deserve to take up space in this world.
I get better every day.
I am nourished on all levels of my being.
I look for opportunities in the obstacles.
I am writing a new story where I am the hero.
I am supported and held by the people in my life.
I am a loving, supportive friend.
I am grateful for all that I have and all that is on its way.
I have the courage to ask for what I need and want.
I am in co-creation with the Universe.
I am allowed to feel good.
My feelings and emotions are valid.
I welcome and embrace change.
I am free of pain and feeling strong.
I am on my own journey.
I am whole on my own.
I am always learning and a student of life.
I am worth investing in.
I am healing from my wounds.
I am a survivor.
I am safe.
I am enough.
I am responsible for myself and my actions.
I am bursting with life and energy
I am open to hearing my inner wisdom.
I love my inner artist and nourish her daily.
I belong here.
I deserve a seat at the table.
I adore myself.
I breathe in trust; I exhale doubt.
I am always in control of how I respond.
I am a thoughtful communicator.
I am held by the Universe.
I am strong in respecting my boundaries.
I attract inspiring, positive, high-vibration people.
I respect myself.
I am living a life that is true to my deepest desires.
I rise to new opportunities.
I am doing far better than I think I am.
I am already a success story.
I hold space for others.
I trust my intuition and allow it to guide me.
I am at one with the natural rhythms of my body and nature.
I forgive myself.
I forgive others who have hurt me.
My body is a beautiful work of art that deserves to be celebrated.
I am a work in progress.
I am here for a reason.
Everything I need is already within me.
I am willing to act despite my fears.
I have the power to manifest the life I dream of.
I celebrate how far I have come as I acknowledge how far there is left to go.
I am intentional with my words.
I let go of unsupportive habits and make way for nourishing ones.
How to work with your chosen affirmations
Morning affirmations can be used however you like.
Find or create one you love, write it down, and carry it with you in your purse all day. Repeat them over and over until they start to etch into your heart. Paint or write yours in a rainbow of colors onto paper and pin it up somewhere you’ll see it each day. Visualize or feel whatever you’re affirming as the words grace your lips. Think about how it sounds, how it feels, and what arises within.
There may be fear, pain, joy, sadness, elation, fire… it all depends on the experiences you’ve had and the affirmations you’ve chosen. Feel and embody the words you speak. Watch as limiting beliefs and stories you’ve told yourself crumble, and you consciously write new ones.
There is no right or wrong way to use affirmations—as long as they mean something to you.
Ignite your soul with magical morning affirmations
It’s normal to feel slightly uncertain or even silly when you start working with affirmations. You’re wondering if this is actually going to help you in any way, whether it will work. There may a person (or people) in your life who make you feel foolish for ever believing in something so ridiculous. Move away from those people.
You’re here because something tells you that affirmations could help you work through something, achieve something, or even release something you’ve carried for years. Trust that you’re here for a reason. Let yourself explore something new and see what happens. This is what growth is all about.
I think the most important thing to be mindful of with daily affirmations is that they’re meant to feel good. You should feel empowered as you write your affirmation down in your journal and lit up as you speak it into existence. They should resonate deeply with you on a soul level.
Only you know what that looks like for you. So look within. Stay true to yourself. And be open to the power of affirmations.