20 Affirmations for Mental Health
I’m not normally one for affirmations. However, I thought I would look into affirmations for mental health as they intrigued me. I always thought they were a namby-pamby way of dealing with anxiety and depression; now, I think they have merit, based on the research I have undertaken.
I did write an article a couple of months back about positive thoughts and all that, and I still stand by the positive gang who try to make us like failures if we cannot maintain positive thoughts. Still, my study on affirmations has taken me in a new direction, and I have created my own. But, there is a difference and you may notice as you read through them; they are achievable.
The quote below is from a study regarding positive affirmations. It is clear to see the brain will reinforce what we say to it, so if we are telling ourselves “we are no good” all the time, then we will believe it; however, if we assert affirmations that are true in our brains, then this will be our overriding thought.
… our results highlight ways in which brain systems implicated in positive valuation and self-related processing may be reinforced by prospection and suggest novel insight into the balance of processes supporting affirmation.NCBI
You see, I am not interested in the positive thought brigade where you send untrue thoughts into the ether; no, I’m interested in truths, and I am learning to understand the importance this type of thought has on the brain.
If you want affirmations such as “I’m brilliant, and everything is going to go my way today,” then I will probably disappoint. I find these debilitating to the depressed mind over time if they don’t work, from my own experience. Then you’re told it doesn’t work because you didn’t believe it enough!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I want to deal in facts, and as far as I can see, the truer the positive affirmation, the more likely it will rewire our brains into behaving better.
I have created 20 affirmations for mental health, and I feel as though they are suitable for everyone; they are not to wish for being rich, to live in a nice house or win the lottery. These are based on truth which is achievable for all.
The 20 Affirmations for Mental Health
These affirmations are to be used alongside your self-care plan and will not cure any mental illness, but over time if repeated regularly, they can help you turn negative thoughts into positive ones. A positive mind sees the world rosier than a negative one, which we can all do with. But we have to be realists first.
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- I have overcome before, I can overcome again.
- My mind, my life, the illness does not own me, hear me roar!
- I was here before the illness, I will be here after.
- I am strong like a flower pushing through a concrete path.
- My mind can imagine incredible things, I can do this.
- I am unique, there is no else like me and nobody will ever be like me.
- I eat to fuel my body and mind, but I refuse to sustain mental illness.
- I do not suffer, I experience.
- I love myself and every little bit of self-care proves that.
- I am not defined by my mental illnes, I define me!
- I rise to meet the challenge of the day ahead as a warrior!
- Asking for help is couragous and I am brave.
- I only have now and I feel good right now.
- I am calm and my anxiety is in my control.
- Everything passes and this crisis will pass.
- I am worth more than negativity and I will move forward with the positive.
- I will notice the small things in life and rejoice in their perfection.
- I am on this planet for a reason, the world does need me.
- I can have joy even when I am depressed, it will not take anymore.
- I am not ashamed, I am a fighter and I will win.
I hope these help somehow, and I will be doing them too. To help get me over the depression, I am going through at the time of writing.
Peace & Blessings