In this day and age, it is so easy to doubt yourself. The world is going through many different crises at one time, and as an individual, our ability to change things on a vast scale is very small. You can feel inadequate, lonely, invisible, and ineffectual.

Taking in the state of the world through social media, news outlets, or conversations with friends can become very overwhelming and lead to feelings of being lost in the noise. 2020 has been an especially difficult year for people’s mental health across the board; being cut off from friends and family has left many feeling isolated. Everyone needs to feel wanted, to feel affirmed. That is where affirmations come in.

If you don’t know what affirmations are or how they work, get ready to change your life. Affirmations are like mantras that affirm your capabilities, qualities, and positive attributes. You can say them out loud, write them down in a notebook, or even think them in your head. It sounds like a simple premise, and that’s because it is just that: simple and effective. Here are three types of affirmations that will boost your confidence.

Abundance Affirmations

Abundance affirmations are ways to show gratitude to the world for all you have been given in life. These include thanking the universe for the opportunity to live, breathe, grow, explore, change, and succeed. Not only this but these affirmations, including phrases such as ‘I am claiming the abundance that is rightfully mine,’ seek to remind us of our value. We are not taking too much from anyone simply by existing. We deserve the abundance that all humans are entitled to by living on this Earth.

Fear-Busting Affirmations

Fear can cripple people’s self-esteem and make us feel trapped in our situation, whatever that may be. Most people have a desire to overcome fear, but find it impossible to do so. Affirmations which help you deal with fear will not get rid of the fear itself, but will instead give you a calm state of mind, with which you can cope with fear. Affirmations such as ‘I am ready for real change, and I welcome it with open arms,’ help us overcome fears in our lives and embrace the fluidity of life.

Body Positive Affirmations

Back in 2011, Glamour Magazine published a study that claimed a whopping 97% of women had negative thoughts about their bodies at least once a day. It seems, in 2020, that not much has changed. This shocking figure shows that we could all use a little body love in our lives.

There is no magic remedy to make us love our bodies, but body positive affirmations are a good place to start. Try saying, ‘I thank my body for keeping me alive and strong,’ or ‘My beauty cannot be determined by others,’ to practice body positivity. These affirmations can help you start believing your body is a beautiful vessel of life that deserves to be loved, no matter what it looks like.

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Hazel Jane is a freelance writer, university student, and an avid reader. She has a passion for writing, skiing, and traveling the world.

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