I’ve been using positive affirmations for a while now (about 2 years). I started using positive affirmations after dealing with a really bad break-up where I felt like I lost my sense of self and worth. It absolutely wrecked my mental health. You can read more about my break up (and how I moved on from it) here.
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Positive affirmations helped me so much, that I actually put one of the affirmations that onto a bracelet that I still wear to this day. It reminds me to not only love myself, but to embrace love in all of its forms.
So I thought that it would only be fitting to share some of my favorite positive affirmations for mental health. If you’ve got any favorite affirmations, let me know about them in the comments.
What are Positive Affirmations?
Positive affirmations are short (usually) statements that can be used to positively change your beliefs about yourself or a situation that you find yourself in.
Affirmation means to confirm or to be confirmed. It also means emotional support or encouragement. So, to say affirmations to yourself, you’re providing yourself with support and encouragement.
How To Use Positive Affirmations
There are plenty of ways that you can use positive affirmations. When I first started using affirmations, I would recite them as the first thing that I did when I woke up, as well as the last thing that I did before I went to sleep.
You can use positive affirmations in many ways such as:
- Writing your affirmations in a journal
- Writing them on post-its and leaving them for your future self to find
- Reciting them while looking into the mirror
- Putting them on a bracelet (or other jewelry) as I did as a reminder
Choose the short positive affirmations that resonate with you and leave the rest behind.
Positive Affirmations for General Mental Health
- Healing is possible for me.
- I am enough.
- I am not my diagnosis.
- My diagnosis will not define my life.
- I can challenge my negative thoughts with positive ones.
- I am thankful for the positive things in my life.
- I love myself for who I am.
- I care for myself daily.
- I share my feelings with honesty and courage.
- I have many positive things in my life.
- I treat myself with love and kindness.
- I am worthy of love and happiness.
- My mental health challenges don’t define who I am.
- Better mental health is possible for me.
- I am happy to be me.
- I value my mental health as much as my physical health.
- How I feel matters.
- I am more than my trauma.
- I love myself unconditionally.
- I am grateful for all that I have in my life.
- There are people out there who will help me.
- I am mentally strong.
- My feelings are valid.
- My mental illness is only a small part of who I am.
- Reaching out for support shows strength.
- I am allowed to have mental health struggles.
- I accept myself for who I am.
- I deserve all the happiness in the world.
Positive Affirmations for Anxiety
- I accept that I have anxiety.
- My anxious thoughts do not define me.
- I have coping skills that help me with my anxiety.
- I am in control.
- I trust that I can make strides in handling my anxiety.
- I live in the present.
- I trust in myself.
- I am not ashamed of having anxiety.
- Having anxious thoughts is only part of who I am.
- Right now, I am peaceful.
- I face anxiety with courage and strength.
- My anxiety does not control me.
- I have the final say in all of my emotions.
- There are people out there who understand what I am going through.
- Anxiety is not who I am.
- I am a calm and positive person.
- I release all of my worries.
- I have confidence in myself and my future.
- I feel calm and capable of handling anything that comes my way.
- I am strong, confident, and courageous.
- Every day, I become calmer, more positive, and more confident.
- There is more to me than anxiety.
- I am in control of my emotions.
- My anxiety will not control my life.
- I am calm and present.
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Positive Affirmations for When You Are in Crisis
- I am safe.
- I have coping skills to get through this crisis.
- I am strong enough to get through this crisis.
- This crisis will not define me.
- There are people who will help me through this crisis.
- This crisis will pass and I will be okay.
- This crisis will test my strength, but I am strong.
- I can stay calm in scary situations.
- This crisis will pass and I am strong enough to get through it.
- I have the strength to survive this.
Positive Affirmations for Loneliness
- There are people who love and support me.
- I am loved and wanted.
- Reaching out to talk to someone is a sign of my strength.
- I can reach out to people who love me and get support.
- I have friends and family who love and care for me.
- I have positive and supportive relationships.
- I do not have to change for people to love and support me.
- I attract people who want the best for me.
- I am grateful for all of the love in my love.
- My loved ones look forward to when I reach out to them.
- I may feel lonely, but I am never alone.
- I feel comfortable expressing my feelings to the people I love and who love me.
- I am confident in the love that others have for me.
Positive Affirmations for Depression
- I am kind to myself.
- Depression is not who I am.
- My negative thoughts can be changed to positive ones.
- What I feel is not who I am.
- My thoughts can change and so can I.
- Depression is not my defining characteristic.
- Small things that make me happy are just as important as the bigger things.
- I take care of myself even when it is difficult to do.
- I trust in myself to take on my depression.
- I am allowed to have bad days, even very bad days.
- I respond to my emotions with love and kindness.
- I accept that I have depression.
- Every day is a new day.
- I believe that I deserve happiness every day of my life.
- My life is a gift.
- I am here for a reason and there is a place for me here.
- I fill my mind with positive thoughts.
- Happiness is an emotion that I experience daily.
- I am learning more about how to handle my depression every day.
- I am confident that I can handle what depression brings my way.
- I am not ashamed of having depression.
- Having depression allows me to understand the world and other people in a different way.
- It is okay for me to not feel okay.
- Even with depression, I experience joy.
- There is more to me than depression.
What did you think about this list of positive affirmations for mental health? Are there any other affirmations for mental strength that you would add to this list?
Briana Hollis is a licensed social worker and self-care coach. She earned her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 and her Master of Education from Tiffin University in 2019. She has spent the last 5 years working in crisis intervention. Her passion for serving others is the heart of this site. She started Learning To Be Free to assist others in bringing freedom to their lives.
Briana is also the author of The Self-Care Journal for Young Adults.