We have talked about mental health several times in To Real Life. In the article recently posted about the 8 habits to improve mental health we have referred Morning Affirmations as an effective habit to stick to a more positive mindset. It is a great way to start your day on a positive note, to value yourself and to remind you about the good things of your life. This is a daily ritual that you can create which, in a long run, will help your mental health.
Create your own morning ritual!
Writing up morning affirmations has helped me a lot in times of struggle and depression. Thus I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. They are a “ritual” that you do in the morning. EVERY single day.
During or just before breakfast, and as you’ll see down below, I’ll write down positive things about myself, about my life and about my future (avoiding the past). This is all about focusing on and improving your present and constructing a happy future.
It is private and intimate!
No one ever needs to read what you are writing and you don’t even need to take it out of your house. So strip yourself from shyness and let your thoughts flow freely. Don’t feel ashamed to say good things about yourself, regardless of what those things might be! Don’t feel ashamed to expose what you believe to be good in your life or to project your hopes and dreams to the future! This is the space, place and moment to open up your heart to yourself, without fears.
All you need is a notebook, a pen, and a few minutes of your atention.
How to write up Morning Affirmations?
#1 Write 3 things that you are grateful for
Start by writing up 3 things that you’re grateful for! You would be surprised how hard sometimes it can be understanding which things you are grateful for in your life. This first step/task will lead you to make an effort to see the bright side of things and to create awareness of the positives.
#2 Write 3 things on how and who do you want to be throughout the day
Think and write about 3 things on how & who you want to be throughout the day. To exemplify, you can write something like: “Today I’m smiling more, I’m more supportive with my friends, I’m not complaining”. You can also focus on something very specific such as “today I’ll sleep very well and I won’t have insomnia”. Try to write different things every day. This way you will avoid writing things up on automatic pilot. Be present!
#3 Write at least 3 things your love about yourself
Write at least 3 things you love about yourself. It can be anything at all. Whatever you want to write, you write it! Bear in mind that this notebook will be for you, and you only.
No one else will read it and it’s an opportunity to be rather confident with yourself. Be generous about yourself in this step: complement yourself, and spoil yourself! It can be “I love my hair”; “I love my hands”; or “I love my organizing skills”; or even “I love my critical thought”, anything at all. Do not skip this step even if you don’t feel like you like anything strongly enough. Just make sure you complete this step, and that you do so mindfully.
#4 Write down how are you feeling today
In this step, you will check up on yourself. Begin by asking the question: “How are you feeling today?” You can answer in any way as long as you’re being honest. It can be “today I feel horrific, my self-esteem is down, I feel ugly”, or “I feel tired, and I haven’t slept enough”, or even “I’m feeling energetic, and excited”.
This will make you do introspection, to take time to ask about you, to make you feel grounded and to get the habit of understanding how are you feeling and why. Dealing with our emotions can be challenging at times but it is essential for our wellbeing.
If you are feeling rougher emotions in the morning, face them right here, instead of dragging them throughout the day. Acknowledge them, embrace them, take some deep breaths and let it go as much as you can. Try to be short completing this step so you don’t overthink about those issues.
#5 Write what can you do to make you feel better
It is where you should explain what you can do to improve the way you’re feeling. Make sure you write down at least one action that YOU can do in order to feel better: “I can do meditation and yoga”, “I can go earlier to bed so I can sleep longer”, etc. Whatever you chose that can be helpful shouldn’t be an external factor or something that you have no control on. This is also a great way for you to increase your control over your life and emotions.
#6 Write 3 things about what do you want to be in the future
Idealize. How do you want to be in the future? (in a realistic way). You can start from small: What do you want to be tomorrow? It is very important that you are realistic, as per setting unrealistic goals can be overwhelming and frustrating in the long run. However, you should write up the sentence in the present! Instead of ‘I want to be’ or ‘I will be’ you should write ‘I am’. Whichever way you project yourself in the future, make sure it is meaningful, truthful and positive: ‘I am happy’, ‘I am healthy’, etc.
These are the main topics that I always include in my daily morning affirmations. Obviously, you can write in any moment of the day, but this is a good way to have a positive kick-start of your days, as well as you’ll have fewer probabilities of having obstacles to do so.
Morning affirmations will help you have a positive thought first thing in the morning, to every day, have a look at yourself, to assess how you’re feeling, to understand how can you solve some issues or feelings. See it as an active meditation and remember that life is a journey itself, and you should enjoy every bit of it.
I hope these tips will help you to establish a new and positive mindful and kind mindset for your life. If you like our content, please share it on social media, subscribe to our newsletters, and give us your feedback. 🙂