200 Daily Positive Affirmations for Women to Boost Self Esteem

Kaia Koglin
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Kaia Koglin Affirmations are short, positive statements a person repeats to themselves...

Affirmations are short, positive statements a person repeats to themselves. Although the concept can sound like wishful thinking, the power of positive daily affirmations has been confirmed by science. It works through the concept of neuroplasticity. People’s minds don’t distinguish between fantasy and reality, so confidently stating something can help bring it into being.

Research into the effects of affirmations has been extensive over the years. Studies have found that using affirmations can:[2],[3],[4],[5]

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  • Activate the reward centers of the brain
  • Improve grade point averages in students in both the short and long term
  • Increase self-compassion and pro-social behaviors
  • Increase neural pathways involved in positive valuation

With all the evidence that affirmations can improve lives, it makes sense for women to consider introducing them to their daily routine. Most experts recommend repeating an affirmation aloud 3-5 times daily. Alternatively, try writing an affirmation in a journal five times each day, setting it as a phone alarm, or using it in meditation.

Below are 200 positive affirmations for women. They won’t work for all women; instead, they’re designed for different women and different times of life.

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When choosing an individual positive affirmation from this list, find one that feels authentic. People should use affirmations that emphasize a strength they have, an attribute they value, or a goal they long to meet.

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How Affirmations Can Empower Women

Unfortunately, women face many challenges unique to them due to influences like inequity and misogyny. Women are far more likely to experience domestic violence, sexual harassment, and workplace discrimination than men. Women (and AFAB people) also experience pregnancy discrimination in the workplace as well as threats to reproductive freedom. Further, trans women are disproportionately affected by harassment, physical abuse and violence, and sexual assault. 

While real systemic change needs to occur, positive affirmations can help empower women to reach out for help and support from doctors, mental health professionals, lawyers, nonprofits, and more.

Daily Positive Affirmations for Women

Positive daily affirmations are good to incorporate into a self-care routine. They enhance positive thinking and can help improve confidence. People can focus on affirmations that support their goals, whether that’s self-acceptance, working well under pressure, or being grateful for life’s gifts.

The positive energy of affirmations can help block negative comments from other people in both past and present. Try repeating affirmations while looking in the mirror in the morning. Or write the affirmation on a sticky note and attach it to a computer monitor. This could help bring more positivity to the workplace.

  1. I am valued exactly as I am.
  2. I am capable of accomplishing anything I put my mind to.
  3. I uplift the people around me.
  4. I can create all I truly desire.
  5. I deserve abundance in all parts of my life.
  6. My love and compassion create harmony in my life.
  7. I am grateful for the changing of the seasons and the changes in my life.
  8. I take time each day to nurture my spirit and find serenity within.
  9. I deserve to be happy.
  10. I am in tune with my innermost feelings.
  11. My negative thoughts and feelings are transformed into love.
  12. I give thanks for the life I am creating.
  13. I embrace the new possibilities life brings me.
  14. I’m grateful for the past experiences that helped expand my understanding of myself.
  15. I am comfortable with who I am.
  16. I open my mind and heart to the world around me.
  17. Health, wealth, and harmony are entering my life.
  18. I move through life with confidence.
  19. I trust myself, my instincts, and the love in my heart.
  20. I am confident in the path I’m walking.

How Practicing Affirmations Can Help Improve Self-Esteem

Researchers believe positive daily affirmations work with something called self-affirmation theory.(5) Put simply, this theory states that maintaining self-identity, or the way they see themselves, is a strong motivator for people.

Someone who doesn’t see themselves as capable or good will act in ways that reinforce that negative perception. Affirmations create a favorable image of the self in the brain. This can encourage someone to make positive changes to support this image, improving self-esteem.

Affirmations work best when they reflect a person’s core personal values. Using a statement that doesn’t gel with an individual’s picture of goodness or success is unlikely to be effective. Daily affirmations can help people create a vision of their best self.

They’re also a good and healthy way to move past mistakes and accept every part of the self. It’s important to avoid wishing to be a new person; this will make an individual less confident rather than lifting them up. The strength of affirmation is in helping someone become comfortable in their own skin and able to inspire the people around them.

How Affirmations Work: The Science Explained

Self-affirmation theory asserts that individuals are motivated to keep a positive view of themselves and who they are. And any threats to this positive view are met with resistance, causing people to experience psychological discomfort or distress. Using positive self-affirmations can help women maintain this positive self-view by allowing them to reflect on self-worth, core values, and beyond.[2]

This can be relevant to women, especially those sitting at the intersection of several marginalized identities such as trans women of color, who experience discrimination, violence, intimate partner violence, misogyny, transmisogyny, and sexism. Abusers and perpetrators of violence may threaten women’s self-view and self-esteem, but affirmations can remind them of their self-worth and empower them to take action or seek support. 

Research shows a scientific basis for the benefits of positive affirmations. Studies have revealed that people who use affirmations show increased activity in vital parts of the brain that are responsible for valuation, future-related core values, and self-processing. [2]

This research also revealed the self-affirmations can result in behavior change, highlighting the efficacy of positive affirmations.[2]

A Sunrise To Practice Daily Morning Affirmations

Daily Morning Affirmations

Morning affirmations for women can help start each day positively. Choose statements that boost positive energy for the day’s activities. People can make their own affirmations by choosing a quality they want to encourage and turning it into their own statement.

Set the statement in the present, not the future—for example, “I am happy” rather than “I will be happy.” This helps make the brain’s pathways firmer and can encourage positive action. It’s also important to use affirmations to make room for rest, healing, and finding inner peace.

  1. I do what I love and love what I do.
  2. Each new day is full of possibility.
  3. I am happy. I am healing. I am loved.
  4. I am open to the messages the universe has for me today.
  5. I am filled with vitality and ready for the day.
  6. Being firm in my boundaries is a kindness to myself.
  7. I have all the happiness I need to experience joy every day.
  8. Each moment of this new day brings opportunities for happiness.
  9. My life is not a race; there is time for pleasure and reflection.
  10. I am ready to ask for what I want and need.
  11. My heart, mind, and life are open to change.
  12. I deserve the most amazing day.
  13. I have the wisdom and strength to overcome any challenge that today brings.
  14. My greatest strength comes from being my authentic self.
  15. I choose to be connected to the world, not separate from it.
  16. Prosperity flows to me.
  17. I make choices that are right for me.
  18. Every day, I am making my dreams a reality.
  19. I can confront my fears and leave behind the things I no longer need.
  20. Rest is essential to my health and happiness.

How Morning Affirmations Can Cultivate Positive Energy

Starting the day with positivity helps cultivate that energy, from breakfast through the workday and from picking up the kids to falling asleep. On the other hand, a negative attitude can put a dampener on the whole day. Choosing positive morning affirmations can help create the most amazing day every day.

Some people think affirmations are too simple to work, but there are some research studies supporting them. One study found that any form of positive thinking decreases anxiety and worry.(6) Repeating an affirmation can help increase serotonin and dopamine—the feel-good chemicals—in the brain. This boosts mood and optimism, helping a person prepare to face the day’s challenges. This means morning affirmations help you choose happiness in your daily life.

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“I Am” Affirmations

When Helen Reddy sang, “I am strong. I am invincible. I am woman,” she created a feminist anthem from “I am” affirmations. The song proudly declared the qualities women have, helping overcome negative thoughts women struggled with.

“I am” affirmations for women are perhaps the simplest and most powerful affirmations to use. People can easily create one of these affirmations for their own life by putting the words “I am” in front of a quality they want to bolster. Using a confident “I am” statement as part of morning affirmations can help create a happy life.

  1. I am full of creative ideas.
  2. I am proud of who I am.
  3. I am full of love for myself and others.
  4. I am enough.
  5. I am doing the best I can.
  6. I am worthy of respect and compassion.
  7. I am beautiful inside and out.
  8. I am taking positive steps every day.
  9. I am talented.
  10. I am powerful.
  11. I am perfect the way I am.
  12. I am proud of my accomplishments.
  13. I am at peace with my past.
  14. I am more powerful than I know.
  15. I am full of gratitude for my life.
  16. I am succeeding in life.
  17. I am resilient.
  18. I am prepared for my dreams to come true.
  19. I am the only person responsible for my happiness.
  20. I am capable of overcoming life’s challenges.

How Reciting These Can Improve Negative Self-Talk

Despite the simple power of “I am” affirmations, they can be difficult to recite. Many people find it difficult to say something they don’t believe. It feels awkward to repeat a phrase that doesn’t feel true.

In some ways, this is the work. Saying the positive phrase brings positive change, essentially speaking the truth into being. However, people who cringe as they look in the mirror and state “I am strong” are rarely speaking confidently.

It’s okay to start small with affirmations. People can emphasize the work they’re doing to improve, such as using “I am learning” or “I am becoming” statements.

It can also be powerful to focus on statements that are true. Often women dismiss their accomplishments, minimizing the work they do. Showing respect for current achievements can help overcome negative self-talk. Something similar to “I am providing a nurturing environment for my children” may be a good place to start.

There are other tips for overcoming affirmation awkwardness. Try writing the affirmations down, saying them when alone, or repeating them silently as part of a meditation. It’s also important to choose affirmations that reflect personal values and circumstances that would bring joy and happiness.

A Woman Saying Daily Affirmations for Black Women

Daily Affirmations for Black Women

Black women face discrimination due to gender, race, and often socioeconomic class. Multiple studies have found that being a target of discrimination increases the risk of low self-esteem and anxiety.(7) A 2020 study also found that people who experience multiple types of discrimination, such as Black women, are at greater risk of depression.(8)

Although affirmations can’t solve racism or cure mental illness, they are a form of self-care. Daily positive affirmations for Black women can help improve self-worth, build resilience, and attract success.

Community leaders of the past inspired some of the affirmations below. Although they aren’t direct quotes, the person who inspired them has been acknowledged.

  1. I will never lose infinite hope.—Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. I will never become silent about things that matter.—Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. The time is always right to do what is right.—Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. I measure my success by the obstacles I’ve overcome.—Booker T. Washington
  5. I am an asset to my community.
  6. Abundance is my birthright.
  7. I move through life with ease.
  8. I have permission to create and enforce boundaries.
  9. I surround myself with people who support me.
  10. I love the skin I’m in: My melanin is so unique. I embrace my rich glow and beauty.
  11. When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. — Audre Lorde
  12. My voice is powerful and I use it confidently to advocate for myself and others.
  13. I effortlessly navigate through life’s challenges with grace and ease.
  14. Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am. — Janelle Monáe
  15. I attract supportive and uplifting individuals into my life.
  16. I can use my voice to speak up for myself and others.
  17. I am a vibrant and capable being, radiating success and deserving of all the happiness, love, and joy life brings me.
  18. I am surrounded by people who love and support me, including my fellow queens.
  19. I radiate positivity and contribute to my community’s growth and well — being.
  20. I am a capable, vibrant being that radiates success. I deserve every drop of happiness, love, and joy that comes my way.

How Practicing Affirmations Can Have a Positive Impact on Your Life

In addition to the impact of discrimination, 30% of Black women are the heads of households, compared to 9% of white women.(9) This means Black women often take on more of the responsibility of keeping their families together while remaining strong for the people around them.

It’s no wonder Black women often struggle with their mental health. Around 16% of Black adults reported having a mental illness in 2018.(9) However, Black women are around half as likely to seek help as white women.(10) This can be due to issues such as the cost of therapy, health insurance coverage, and finding culturally competent therapists.

Affirmations can’t replace proper treatment, but they can support mental health care. The right affirmation can help someone accept their current circumstances, even as they look forward to a better future.

Even better, repeating an affirmation is a positive action someone can take, even if the rest of their life feels out of control. It can be difficult to feel grateful when struggling with mental illness, but strong, affirmative statements can help people focus on building wisdom in their life and feeling worthy of support and care.

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Daily Biblical Affirmations for Women

Biblical affirmations take God’s word and turn it into a positive statement. Sometimes biblical verses don’t suit an affirmation structure, but these verses can inspire affirmations. For example, Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

This is a powerful statement on God’s love but doesn’t work as a biblical affirmation. Instead, you can confidently state each part of this scripture as an affirmation: “God strengthens me and helps me. He is with me and will always uphold me.”

The affirmations below are inspired by scripture and acknowledge the Bible verse that influenced each.

  1. The peace of God rules in my heart. — Colossians 3:15
  2. God shows me wonderful things every day. — Luke 5:26
  3. When I am weak, God gives me more strength. — Isaiah 40:29
  4. No one can pluck me out of God’s hands. — John 10:28
  5. I trust God’s word; it is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. — Psalms 109:105
  6. I am faithfully loved by God. — Lamentations 3:22-23
  7. God’s grace, love, and fellowship is with me. — 2 Corinthians 13:14
  8. I find peace through prayer. — Philippians 4:6-7
  9. My life is filled with love, joy, peace, and goodness. — Galatians 5:22-23
  10. I am created in the image of God and worthy of honor. — Genesis 1:29
  11. I am generous with others. — Proverbs 11:25
  12. I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-control. — 2 Timothy 1:7
  13. I will prosper and be healthy. — 3 John 1:2
  14. The Lord makes my way prosperous, and I will find much success. — Joshua 1:8-9
  15. I am grateful for everything God is doing in my life. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  16. With God, nothing is impossible. — Luke 1:37
  17. God has plans for me to prosper and succeed. — Jeremiah 29:11
  18. The love of Christ makes me new. — 2 Corinthians 5:17
  19. With God, I am unshakeable. — Psalms 16:8
  20. God grants me wisdom when I ask for it. — James 1:5

How Using These Each Day Can Bring You Closer to Jesus Christ

Biblical affirmations can have a huge impact on Christians. It can be difficult to stand in front of a mirror and say “I am worthy of success.” Saying “God has plans for me to succeed” is often easier for those who believe in God’s love and power in the world.

As the Bible is the word of God, people can confidently repeat affirmations crafted from scripture, knowing they’re true.

Prayer is an important part of Christian life, and biblical affirmations can be a form of prayer. Repeating the words of Jesus Christ daily can bring light and gratitude to each day.

It’s good to remember that Jesus also had doubts and asked, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Although he didn’t use affirmations to overcome these doubts, he chose to keep to God’s path despite them. Statements that affirm a person’s faith in God’s plans can help an individual trust that their life is unfolding as it should.

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Christian Affirmations

Christian affirmations are similar to biblical affirmations in that they help people believe in the power of God’s love. However, instead of being rooted firmly in Bible verses, they explore what it means to be Christian.

Christian affirmations for women focus on Christian values, the power of the Holy Spirit, and how God shapes lives. They’re strong statements that help believers keep their thoughts rooted in the teachings of Christ. This helps individuals act in the way Jesus preached.

  1. I love living with Christ in my life.
  2. I am divinely guided and protected.
  3. I will live this day surrendered to God rather than trying to control people, time, and circumstances.
  4. God knows my needs for this day and has the perfect sufficiency to meet my needs.
  5. I am not who I once was; I am forgiven.
  6. No matter what I go through, God’s glory will be revealed through my life.
  7. I take comfort in belonging to God.
  8. God will open His good treasure in my life.
  9. I am a child of God, a daughter of the King.
  10. I am a beloved child of God, and He has a beautiful purpose for my life.
  11. I trust in the Lord with all my heart, and I know that He will guide me in all my ways.
  12. I am worthy of love and respect, and I will honor my body and spirit as temples of the Holy Spirit.
  13. I will walk in faith and not by sight, trusting that God’s plans for me are good and perfect.
  14. I am blessed and highly favored, and I will use my talents and gifts to glorify God and serve others.
  15. God will meet me where I am in order to take me where He wants me to go. — Tony Evans
  16. However many blessings I expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. — John Calvin
  17. I can do all things through him who gives me strength — Philippians 4:13
  18. I am incredibly valuable because Jesus gave his life for me — Galatians 1:4
  19. I am crowned with glory and honor — Psalm 8:5
  20. I am so special to God, he even knows how many hairs I have — Matthew 10:30

How Christian Affirmations Can Bring You Closer to God

Christians have faith that God is listening and prayer works. Science confirms these beliefs. Scientific American wrote about a study that found prayer increases people’s ability to resist temptation, whether they’re religious or not.(11) The study’s authors believed it was because people see prayer as a conversation with God. This social connection is what promotes better brain function.

This speaks to a deeper issue: that every time a person prays, they have a brief talk with their God. Conversation has always been a way of promoting closeness to others, and this works with God as well.

Daily Christian affirmations, as short prayers, are a way of inviting God into each day. This will inevitably make a person feel closer to God.

Speaking faith out loud can help people have more confidence in their beliefs, more gratitude for the present, and greater hope for the future. Christian affirmations can encourage people to act in accordance with their values, further cementing the idea that they deserve love from God and the people around them.

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Self-Love Affirmations for Women

It can sometimes be hard for individuals to love everything about themselves. Unique characteristics, especially those that might have been singled out by others in the past, are among the hardest to appreciate. Eventually, there’s an internal bully repeating these harsh phrases.

Self-love is a key to overcoming these negative thoughts. It’s about treating the self with kindness and respect.

Daily affirmations that talk positively about a person’s least favorite characteristics are good first steps to building self-worth. Although it can be hard to repeat “I love my freckles” for people called “freckle-face” throughout their youth, this can build positive feelings for those unloved attributes. Self-love affirmations for women can help boost confidence and promote inner peace.

  1. My weirdness is wonderful.
  2. I promise to be kind to myself.
  3. Loving myself comes to me easily.
  4. Love is accessible to me at any time.
  5. I unconditionally love and accept myself.
  6. I am at peace with my past and future and choose to focus on the present moment
  7. I love my personality and how unique I am.
  8. I am deserving of love, respect, and kindness, and I give these things to myself every day.
  9. I embrace my imperfections and flaws as unique aspects of who I am, and I love myself anyway.
  10. I honor my feelings and emotions, and I trust myself to make the best decisions for my well-being.
  11. I release all self doubt and negative self talk, and I replace them with positive affirmations and thoughts.
  12. I am whole and complete just as I am, and I choose to celebrate myself every day.
  13. I am worthy of self care and self compassion, and I prioritize my physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
  14. I am proud of the woman I’ve become.
  15. I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful. — Ashley Graham
  16. I am beautiful and timeless at every age. I am enough. — Jennifer Lopez
  17. I love myself as I am. — Alicia Keys
  18. You are enough just as you are. — Meghan Markle
  19. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anyone. — Maya Angelou
  20. I am beautiful, I am loved, I will not let anyone tell me otherwise. — Lizzo

How Reciting Affirmations Can Help You Live Your Best Life

Toxic positivity is a danger when it comes to self-love affirmations. It’s too easy to think only happiness and good thoughts are valid.

Everyone feels anger, sadness, and other negative emotions throughout their life, and trying to push these down to remain positive is unhealthy. However, the right affirmations can help a person be patient with their negative emotions and respect them as an integral part of who they are. It may even help them feel grateful for the characteristics they once hated.

People who feel good about themselves and their abilities are more likely to take positive risks, accept challenges, and live their best life. That’s because they feel stronger and more motivated.

Self-love also boosts self-esteem and resilience. One final benefit of finding love for the self? The ability to set boundaries. People who believe they’re worthy of respect are more likely to say no when they need to and keep their energy for the things that matter.

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Motivational Affirmations

People’s goals can range from writing a novel to starting a successful business, from raising a family to saving as many dogs as possible from the pound. No matter what an individual’s life goals are, they need motivation to accomplish them.

Daily motivational affirmations help create a positive mindset where a person is inspired to believe they can achieve anything they set out to do. Using these positive statements whenever motivation is lacking can be a good way for people to find energy to keep moving forward in the direction of their dreams.

  1. I am naturally confident and at ease in my own life.
  2. I am intelligent and capable.
  3. I am fully in charge of my future. I am the only one who can dictate the outcome.
  4. I fully trust my ability. I trust my ability to provide for my family. I trust in my ability to care for my family.
  5. I do not need anyone else to thrive in this life. I do not need to depend on anyone else to succeed in this life. I am all that I need and I am enough.
  6. I can accomplish all of my goals. I am in control of my destiny. If I can envision it, I can make it happen.
  7. I am capable of achieving all my dreams and aspirations.
  8. I choose to let go of fear and embrace courage in all aspects of my life.
  9. I am effortlessly confident and at peace with myself and my life.
  10. The power to shape my future lies solely in my hands. The outcome of my life is dictated by me and no one else.
  11. I have complete faith in my abilities to provide for and care for my loved ones.
  12. I am self-sufficient and require no external support to thrive and succeed. I am enough just as I am.
  13. My goals are within reach, as I hold the reins of my destiny. My imagination is my only limit.
  14. I possess great intelligence and am fully capable of achieving anything I set my mind to.
  15. You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are. — Melissa Etheridge
  16. You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story. — Lisa Nichols
  17. Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. — Michelle Obama
  18. You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness. — Diane von Furstenberg
  19. I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage. — Anne Frank
  20. I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me. — Maya Angelou

How Motivational Affirmations Can Help You Feel Empowered

There are two parts to the definition of a goal. First, it’s something a person wants to happen. Second, this thing can’t happen if the person doesn’t take concrete action. To achieve goals, people need to change their behavior and take positive steps. When looking at how to achieve goals, neuroscience says a person needs motivation, or the will to achieve it, as well as a way to achieve it.(12) 

A lack of motivation is often the reason people’s goals don’t come true. Affirmations can help people get motivated so they can overcome this challenge.

Affirmations can change pathways in the brain and help cultivate willpower. Leaving behind doubts from the past can empower women to confidently step into the future and take control of their life.

The mental energy that motivational affirmations provide can help mind and body work in harmony. Creating a plan in the present that includes positive thoughts and actions can help people succeed beyond their dreams.

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Healing Affirmations for Women

The health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. People with depression experience chronic pain and intestinal problems.(13) They also have an increased risk of heart disease.(14)

Likewise, people who experience an injury or illness are likely to experience symptoms of depression.(15) Therefore, it makes sense that looking after the mind can help the body become healthier.

People may need to heal from both physical and mental illnesses, and healing affirmations can help facilitate a resurgence in health. The powerful affirmations below can help bring healing energy to every part of life.

  1. I am grateful for my journey and its lessons.
  2. I will relax my mind and I will stop thinking of the false stories. I will allow my mind to unwind and be at peace.
  3. I can leave any negative situation whenever I choose.
  4. I trust in my own strength and ability to overcome any obstacles.
  5. My thoughts and actions align with my goals, and I am creating a life that I love.
  6. I am deserving of love, respect, and happiness, and I choose to embrace all of these things now.
  7. I trust in my inner wisdom and intuition to guide me towards what is best for me.
  8. I am capable of handling anything that comes my way, and I trust in my own resilience.
  9. I release all negative thoughts and emotions, and I choose to focus on positivity and gratitude.
  10. I am at peace with my past and confident in my ability to create a positive future.
  11. Positivity and gratitude fill my mind as I release all negative thoughts and emotions.
  12. I am at peace with my past and confident in my ability to create a positive future.
  13. I am grateful for the experiences and lessons that I encounter on my journey, as they help me grow and evolve.
  14. I consciously choose to relax my mind and release any false stories that may be holding me back, allowing my thoughts to unwind and finding peace within.
  15. I am whole, healthy, and complete in myself. — Oprah Winfrey
  16. I am worthy of love and respect, and I deserve to be treated with kindness. — Jennifer Aniston
  17. I trust in my ability to overcome challenges and emerge stronger. — Emma Watson
  18. I am in control of my thoughts and emotions, and I choose to focus on the positive. — Deepika Padukone
  19. I am worthy of forgiveness, and I choose to release all feelings of guilt and shame. — Jada Pinkett Smith
  20. I am surrounded by love and support, and I am never alone. — Lady Gaga

How the Practice of Affirmations Can Encourage Self-Healing

There’s plenty of science that supports the power of the mind in self-healing. Meditation has been shown to positively impact the way a person experiences chronic illness.(16) Mindfulness meditation reduces distress, which not only improves mental health but can help someone feel more optimistic and confident about their physical health.(17)

Affirmations also have a positive effect. In 2007, a study looked at people who used affirmations prior to looking at graphic warnings on cigarette packets. The people who self-affirmed were less dismissive of the warnings, had more feelings of control, and had a higher motivation to give up smoking.(18)

Although positive daily affirmations alone can’t cure cancer or regrow an amputated limb, they do make a positive statement about a person’s physical and emotional well-being. Bringing unconditional love and joy to the body can encourage a person to take actions to improve their health.

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Body Positive Affirmations

Pictures of society’s idea of the perfect body shape bombard women from a young age. The National Organization for Women (NOW) reports that 46% of 9- to 11-year-old girls are on a diet, and by the time they reach 13 years of age, more than half are unhappy with their body.(19)

This spurs the poor body image that follows many women throughout their lives. The body positive affirmations below can help women nurture a positive body image that promotes a healthier life.

  1. I am deeply grateful for my body, my health, and my unique talents.
  2. My body is beautiful, exactly the way it is.
  3. There is more to life than worrying about my weight. I’m ready to experience it.
  4. I trust the wisdom of my body.
  5. I am feeling fabulous and confident in my body.
  6. Every day, I am becoming a better version of myself.
  7. I am grateful for my body and treat it with love and care.
  8. I am profoundly grateful for the miracle that is my body, its excellent health, and its unique talents that make me who I am.
  9. My body is a stunning masterpiece, beautiful and unique in every way, and I honor and appreciate it just the way it is.
  10. I choose to free myself from the weight of worry and fully embrace the richness and beauty of life, confident in the knowledge that my value lies beyond the numbers on a scale.
  11. I have full faith in the wisdom of my body, knowing that it always knows what is best for me and guides me on my path to optimal health and well-being.
  12. I feel incredibly fabulous and confident in my body, radiating joy and positivity wherever I go, as I know that true beauty comes from within.
  13. Each day, I am growing into the best version of myself, taking small steps towards my goals and achieving greater success with each passing moment.
  14. I am grateful for my body, and I treat it with the utmost love, care, and respect it deserves, nourishing it with wholesome food, exercise, and self care.
  15. You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. — Ariana Grande
  16. I love my body. Every curve, every inch, every mark, every dimple is a part of me and I couldn’t be more proud. — Ashley Graham
  17. I feel my best when I’m happy and healthy, and that includes my body. — Jessica Alba
  18. My body deserves respect and care, and I will honor it every day. — Tracee Ellis Ross
  19. I am beautiful, regardless of my shape, size, or weight. — Chrissy Metz
  20. I will not let society dictate how I should look or feel about my body. — Jameela Jamil

How Positive Affirmations Can Promote Self-Love

If a person feels good in their own skin, it helps them cultivate self-love. Body image affirmations can promote a body positive attitude, helping people find things they admire about their body.

However, affirmations aren’t generally effective on their own. People still need to take action to see results. Positive affirmations prompt them into taking that action and support them as they move forward.

It’s important that body positive affirmations praise the body a person currently has. Often women hate things about their body that they can’t change, such as height or skin tone. Affirmations help them accept the things they can’t change.

As love for the self increases, they’re prompted to take action to change the things they can. For example, women who want to be healthier may start exercising more or eating better because affirmations have helped them believe their body is worthy of care. In this way, affirmations help women love the body they have now and the one they’re building for the future.

A Woman Smiling About The Benefits of Practicing Daily Positive Affirmations for Women

The Benefits of Practicing Daily Positive Affirmations for Women

Cultivating an affirmation practice is a real first step women can make toward building their best life. Proponents of daily affirmations state that they can help a person:

  • Connect to positivity and gratitude
  • Improve self-knowledge
  • Increase focus
  • Rise above negative influences
  • Become healthy in mind and body
  • Build resilience
  • Resist temptation
  • Lift self-esteem

Repeating daily affirmations first thing in the morning or as final thoughts at night is an act of self-care. Boosting joy and self-compassion is something many women need more of in their life.

For women who are looking for more motivation, success, confidence, and peace, favorite affirmations are a powerful tool. The affirmations above are a starting point, but the best affirmations come from a person’s own values and truth. Creating unique daily affirmations based on personal dreams, fears, desires, and beliefs can make a daily affirmation the most empowering part of each day.

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