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50 Good Morning Affirmations (and the Science Behind Them)

Is there anyone who hasn’t heard about the power of affirmations? We see them on our social feeds and dotted across the self-development section of the local bookstore. As positive, powerful statements, affirmations offer hope, driving us forward and keeping us grounded in the face of our deepest fears and darkness. However, the secret behind these intention-based statements may be how they revitalize the space most vital to our well-being–the inner mind.

Like sleep, the theory behind affirmations is genuine. In fact, there’s a fair amount of neuroscience behind the practice. When we find ourselves caught in a negative feedback loop of can’t, shouldn’t, stop, or fail, starting the day with affirmations can work to break the cycle and replace it with a more compassionate, adaptive narrative.

In a nutshell, affirmations are statements we say and repeat to break the cycle of negative or unhelpful thoughts. For people trying to curate a life of resilience, adaptability, and fortitude, a 2001 study by Wiesenfeld showed affirmations reduce the tendency to dwell on negative, undesirable experiences, allowing us to rewrite our inner narrative. As a holistic team of sleep savants, we’ve curated 50 of our favourites to start the day positively.

Good Morning Affirmations 

  1. Today, this new day brings me peace.
  2. I am inherently worthy of love and respect.
  3. My body feels great, and I radiate positive feelings.
  4. My body is a sacred vessel of wellness.
  5. I choose to accept myself the way I am today, nothing more and nothing less.  
  6. I am vigorous, energetic, and full of vitality inside out.
  7. I succeed in everything I put my mind to.
  8. I know each day is a blessing and a gift.
  9. I align myself with freedom, growth, and joy.
  10. I have abundant energy, vitality, and well-being.
  11. I am unattached to any feelings that pass through me.
  12. I am the creator of my best reality.
  13. I am self-sufficient, creative, and resilient.
  14. I am surrounded by people who inspire me and want me to succeed. 
  15. I deserve the space to grow and become my best self.
  16. Every day, I get closer to reaching my goals.
  17. I am filled with gratitude and kindness for another beautiful day on this earth.
  18. I will stand tall in the face of challenges. 
  19. I will treat my body with the love and care it deserves.  
  20. I choose to invest in my health and happiness.
  21. I can say ‘no’ to choices and habits that do not make me feel my best. 
  22. I am grateful for my unique body and everything it does for me.
  23. I choose to love my body today as I work towards my goals. 
  24. I am allowed to feel good.
  25. I am capable of balancing ease and effort in my life.
  26. I am complete as I am.
  27. I am content and free from pain.
  28. I am doing the work that works for me.
  29. I am loved and worthy.
  30. I am more than my circumstances and challenges dictate.
  31. I am open to healing and positivity.
  32. I am optimistic because today is a new day.
  33. I am understood, and my perspective is essential.
  34. I am full of positive, loving energy.
  35. I am well-rested and excited for the day.
  36. I am worthy of investing in myself.
  37. I belong here, and I deserve to take up space.
  38. I breathe in positivity; I exhale to release the undeserving 
  39. I breathe in trust; I exhale doubt.
  40. Good things are happening today.
  41. I can control how I respond to things that are confronting.
  42. Every day, I learn new lessons, expand my awareness, and develop my abilities.
  43. I celebrate the good qualities in others and myself.
  44. Things keep getting better and better, and I am so grateful.
  45. I do not have to pretend to be anyone or anything other than who I am.
  46. I release all that is not in alignment with me.
  47. I always have and will hold the power to create my reality. 
  48.  I will embrace change seamlessly and rise to the new opportunity it presents.
  49. I grow towards my interests, like a plant reaching for the sun
  50. My sleep is relaxed and refreshing.

Using affirmations allows us to challenge emotions of self-doubt, fear, anxiety, loneliness, resentment, guilt, and anger, replacing them with positivity to open the path for personal growth and positive change.

Scientifically, self-affirmations have been linked with decreased health-deteriorating stress, better academic achievement, and higher physical activity. One study even noted that smokers reacted less dismissively to graphic cigarette packet warnings and reported intention to change their behaviour (Harris et al., 2007).

Try these expert tips to put affirmations into practice and make them a part of your daily wellness routine:

  • Avoid negativity - instead of I need to exercise because I don’t feel good, try: I deserve to exercise because it allows me to perform better in all areas of life.
  • Look to core values – creating affirmations based on foundational beliefs to drive home why they’re essential to you.
  • Make it believable. Don’t be afraid to rephrase or pivot if affirmations don’t feel genuine; make them your own.
  • Practice consistently and stay patient – remember creating meaningful and lasting changes in thinking patterns takes time.
  • Be realistic -  self-affirmations should be part of your wellness toolkit, but they are not a cure for clinical conditions like chronic anxiety or depression. Reach out to a medical professional when struggling with mental health.

After a night of sleeping, oh, Sömn soundly wrapped in our heirloom-quality linens, try awakening with a positive affirmation to experience a whole new level of healing, wholeness, and energy. 

Use one of the affirmations listed above, or find something that truly resonates with you, and use the practice to rewrite your story!

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