Badass Affirmations To Remind You That You Fucking Rock

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Let's talk about affirmations.

Before I stumbled upon 2018: A Mindfulness Odyssey (aka my year of journaling and other shit), I didn't really get affirmations. I was familiar with the idea of a mantra; in my head they're pretty much interchangeable. In yoga teachers use mantras a lot in chanting, meditation, etc., but it never really stuck with me. I had a hard time, if we are being totally honest, connecting with something in Sanskrit that I didn't fully understand. I found that a lot of mantras also were waayyyyy more mystical than I really needed. I needed to feel grounded. I needed something that I could connect to. I didn't really get mantras.

But since diving into my own accidental year of mindfulness, affirmations have really jumped out at me. I discovered affirmations almost accidentally. Sometimes I just wouldn't know what to write in my journal but I knew that I needed to write, so I would just repeat the same phrase over and over and over until I felt like it had been exhausted. This doesn't (for me) mean pages and pages of nonsense, but I found that if I wrote one affirmation for a few lines I would feel connected to it and a little calmer. It worked for me. I don't always have a full page of gratitude within me, or sometimes I'm too tired to think of much to write down. When I find myself in those spaces but still wanting to journal, I pick an affirmation. I might pick a few. I write them out until I feel like I'm done. I might pick another. I might not. 

I once read that affirmations are bullshit, that the only reason you would have an affirmation is because you don't actually believe the thing that you're trying to affirm to yourself. Personally? I don't buy that. I think that an affirmation can be a reminder or a motivator or an acknowledgement or just something that you really need to hear but nobody else is going to say it, so you just say it to yourself. I use affirmations to amp myself up, to calm myself down, to ground myself, and just to take a little time in my day. They don't have to be earth-shattering, they can be simple. My favorite description of an affirmation is emotional support or encouragement. Sometimes you just need somebody in your corner. If that person happens to be you, awesome.

FINDING + USING YOUR AFFIRMATIONS

  • You don't have to pick just one. Pick as many affirmations as you feel like you need. Once I was having a particularly bad bout of anxiety, so I picked five or six different affirmations that I wrote down until I could feel my anxiety subsiding. Also, let your affirmation evolve. If you start with one but it doesn't feel quite right, change it up. Literally nobody cares. PROMISE.
  • Use your resources. There is no shame in your Pinterest game- you absolutely do not have to come up with your own affirmation. Sometimes the best affirmations are ones that I find on the internet. Search for something that you need like "motivation for women affirmations" and you'll find a ton of great ones. There are also some popular affirmation apps. I personally haven't found one that I love, but don't let my experience stop you!
  • Write it down. Right now I like to write down my affirmations. For me it's most powerful to write it down, let it sink in, and then write it down again. Sometimes I will pick a number and try to write my affirmation down that many times. I also know some people who like to write their affirmation down one time in really big letters and then decorate it. Play around with what makes the most sense to you.
  • Think on it. Don't spend all day trying to decide what your affirmation is, but if you don't feel like something works for you spend some time finding what will. Again, get on the internet. Have some real talk to yourself. Think of the nicest thing that somebody has ever said to you and then write that down a bunch of times. Sometimes my affirmations are quotes or song lyrics or random things I heard somebody say at the donut shop. Take some time to think about what you really need to hear.
  • If you're feeling bold, say it out loud. Say it in the car, say it in the show, say it to yourself when you wake up. I personally am more of a pen to paper kind of gal (YES LIZZIE WE KNOW), but if putting your affirmations out into the world like this works for you, do it. I know a girl who spends her whole drive to work just repeating affirmations and gratitude and she loves it. I've tried it a few times and I get super distracted. 
  • Change it up. Your affirmation might not even last you a whole day. Sometimes I write one down and a few minutes later I've realized that it isn't quite right. Think about what your mind really needs and let it evolve each day. It's easy as a driven, over-achieving human to want your affirmation to be totally perfect, but that's not the point. Let it change, don't fight it, and don't take it to seriously.
  • Don't overthink it. One more time for the people in the back! Remember that this is supposed to be a fun part of your self care routine. If you are stressing out about your affirmations or how to take care of yourself, you're missing the point. Calm the fuck down. Hey, maybe that should be your affirmation for the day!

Being self employed and putting it all out on the internet, I find that I most often need reminders that I've fucking got this. These are some of my favorite affirmations to get me going in the morning, to pick me back up in the middle of the day, or (to be totally honest) to amp me up before a workout. Print this out, pin it to your favorite board, and live your best life. You got this. I believe in you, bro-chaco.

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Sending you a butt-load of inspiration, imaginary hugs, and your favorite donut.

Keep crushing it,

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