In this art journal exercise, I focused on morning and evening affirmations that inspire me and help me start and end my days. Some of these messages I found on Pinterest images, in books I love, or they just simply came to me while I was drawing. I hope that by sharing some of these affirmations, others will be inspired to start a healing journey and share their thoughts surrounding self love and acceptance. (I would love to see any of your artwork or journal entries that this inspires in the comments or you can follow me on IG at @geena.xo and share your entries with me there.)
How I Practice Affirmations
I practice affirmations by repeating the words out loud in front of the mirror or to myself. I typically like to sit with the affirmation for at least one full minute to see what feelings it stirs in me. THIS refection is the most important part of these exercises for me. Does the affirmation feel believable? If not, why? Is there a personal belief about myself that is limiting my ability to believe this about myself? Am I laughing to myself and feeling very uncomfortable? Where does this lack of confidence come from?
Just like any addiction or mental health problem, we can not get help until we ACCEPT the things we need to change. Affirmations help me discover what limiting beliefs I currently hold for myself, so I can work through the challenges associated with changing my outlook.
Here are my top ten favorite morning affirmations from the journal entry above.
- I am free of pain.
- I am fearless.
- I am a magnet for ideas.
- The sunrise fills me with confidence.
- Success will find me today.
- I am patient and calm and meet the day with ease.
- I love who I see in the mirror.
- I am grateful for another day.
- I am a giver of love today.
- Unlimited energy fills me today.
Here are my top ten favorite evening affirmations from the journal entry above.
- Sleep comes easily to me tonight.
- The moonlight fills me with peace.
- My mind is restful.
- I am calm and let the events of today go.
- I am at peace with my life.
- I have no regrets or worries of the future.
- I release what no longer serves me easily and gracefully.
- I am filled with content.
- I forgive myself and others for any mistakes that were made today.
- I awaken with new inspiration.
I wrote about my process of mindfulness journaling in my previous blog, Mindfulness Journaling Toward Mental Wellness. Below is my first and most simple example of this process and some of the affirmations that I’m currently using to work through my own self discovery to build self-confidence.
In this exercise, I simply wrote 30 Affirmations To Build Confidence. I repeated each affirmation as I wrote it and kept repeating it’s message any time I returned to the affirmation in the image. I’ve typed each affirmation below for you to incorporate into your own mindfulness journal exercise.
- I am fearless.
- I am unique and that’s my gift to the world.
- I am always improving.
- For today, I have the knowledge I need.
- I am calm and mindful.
- Challenges are opportunities to grow and improve.
- I am compassionate with others and myself.
- I am strong and wise.
- I am a positive being, aware of my potential.
- Life is beautiful.
- I am grateful of my journey and its many lessons.
- I am talented and intelligent.
- Everything is possible.
- There are no blocks I can not overcome.
- I love to meet other people and make new friends.
- I am my best source of motivation.
- I only attract positive people because I am a positive person.
- I love myself.
- I make a difference by showing up every day and doing my best.
- I am becoming a better version of myself.
- My work fulfills me.
- I have unlimited power.
- My actions are intentional and they bring me closer to my goals.
- I am enthusiastic.
- I am confident.
- I am persistent.
- I am proud to be a loving and sensitive person.
- I let go of fearing mistakes and failure.
- I am creative and open to new solutions.
- I deserve compliments and accept them easily.
My second journal entry incorporates many of the same affirmations as above, but in a different format. In this exercise, I decided to provide tiny sketches with each affirmation. This eventually evolved into an entire image where these affirmations came together.
One of my favorite past times is revisiting these journal entries and seeing which affirmations first pop out to me. Often, the message that pops out to me is the affirmation I am seeking with all of my heart.
Is there an affirmation that seems to pop out to you? What does your inner voice tell you you’re craving from this affirmation? Are you creating walls to keep you from these inner feelings? If yes, what are these walls and are they valid?