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Affirmations: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Your thoughts play a big part in your overall wellness. Affirmations can be an easy way to improve your mindset. When you are feeling unwell, you might end up falling down into a negative thinking pattern and holding yourself back. Read on to see some self-affirmation examples.

What are affirmations?

Affirmations are positive statements used to encourage yourself and boost self-esteem. You can use affirmations to defy negative thoughts, help overcome anxiety, and to increase self-love.

Why do self-affirmations work?

When practiced daily, self-affirmations can work because you can become more resilient and have a stronger sense of self. You know who you are and you clearly understand your core values. Hence, you can handle negative emotions and situations better.

How to use affirmations?


Download this list of daily self-affirmation examples, then choose one affirmation for the day that best resonates with you. After picking one, you can either choose to do the following:

  • Recite it in front of the mirror for 1 to 2 minutes

  • Write it down in your journal

  • Repeat it in your head 10 times or until you feel empowered

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Daily self-affirmation examples:

Here are some examples of positive affirmations:

  • I am confident and capable of what I do

  • I choose to be happy

  • If a few people accept me, I am okay with that


If you are having trouble with affirmations or recognizing and replacing your negative self-talk, an EFAP counsellor can help you to identify negative thinking patterns and reframe them in a positive way. Connect with us. We're here to help.

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