Why Positive Affirmations Should Be Part of Your Morning Routine
Everyone has a few non-negotiables that they incorporate into their daily morning routine, no matter where they are. For some, that’s rolling over and checking their email followed by making some coffee. For others, it’s making their bed and brushing their teeth. What you might not be including in your routine — that could change the course of your day — is a positive affirmation.
Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with positive affirmations, but the concept is simple: They’re positive phrases or declarations one says to one’s self in an effort to keep negative thoughts at bay. To put them into practice, you just pick the phrase you identify best with and repeat it to yourself out loud. And lest you think this is just some silly wordplay: There’s actual science behind it.
According to a study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, practicing affirmations activates the reward centers in our brain, which lead researcher Christopher Cascio says helps these circuits “do things like dampen pain and help us maintain balance in the face of threats.”
Starting your day with affirmations and getting your brain into reward mode early in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. The team at CircleAround rounded up some of our favorite positive affirmations to get you started as soon as tomorrow morning. Here are some of our selected affirmations and why we like them:
- I am valuable: It can often be easy to forget how loved and valued you are when you’re busy or going through a rough time. Reminding yourself you have value and that your life has meaning lets you be more present and purposeful throughout your day
- I am open to opportunities: Not being receptive to things that come your way keeps a lot of light out of your life. By telling yourself that you’re willing to see and accept things that come to you means you won’t shut things out.
- You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing: This, by American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author Ram Dass, is a reminder that you do not need to earn anyone’s love and that none of your shortcomings matter. “No one can take this love away from you,” he says, “and it will always be here.”