By Jiji Lee

Morning Affirmations To Jumpstart Your Day


A small daily ritual with an amazing payoff.

If you’re looking to start your day on a positive note, you might want to give morning affirmations a try.

We’ve all had those busy mornings where we’re jumping out of bed, checking emails, rushing around, and otherwise getting a hectic start to the day. It may not seem like a big deal, but the chaos of the morning can impact the rest of the day, making us feel agitated and stressed throughout. 

That’s why establishing a calming morning routine is key. Setting aside a few minutes each morning to do something positive and grounding, can help us feel more relaxed, more motivated, and well, more human :)

So instead of checking emails first thing in the morning or reading stressful newspaper headlines, consider carving out some time to do morning affirmations.

Why are morning affirmations beneficial?

When we recite positive words, we start to feel more inspired, confident, and excited. It’s so easy for us to remember criticism and negative comments, but how often do we remember nice things about ourselves? And we say nice things about our friends and loved ones all the time, yet we hold back when it comes to our own positive self-talk. 

Introducing affirmations into our morning routine can have a huge impact on our day and our mindset. When we generate positive thoughts first thing in the morning, we set the intention for the day. And we feel motivated to sustain that positive mentality.

Below we’ve listed morning affirmations to get your day off to a positive start. Whether you’re looking to feel more confident before going to work or need a confidence boost to tackle big goals or just want to feel more positive about your day, we’ve got you covered. 

How morning affirmations work

Studies have shown that repeating positive affirmations can have a transformative effect on our mindset. When we’re feeling insecure or nervous or filled with doubt, a simple phrase can help us reframe our thinking and put us at ease.  

So why should we recite affirmations in the morning? 

When we wake up, our day is full of potential and untapped energy. We may not be able to predict our future or control every variable, but we can manage our mornings to set us up for success. And by using morning affirmations, we lay the groundwork for feeling confident and inspired for the rest of the day. 

Here are different ways that you can employ morning affirmations:

  • To get you feeling inspired about your goals
  • To ease nerves before a big meeting
  • To gain confidence before the first day of school
  • To feel centered during a stressful week
  • To feel strong when things are overwhelming 
  • To boost your self-esteem whenever you need it

Those are just some of the ways you can use morning affirmations. You don’t even need to have a specific reason in mind. You can use your morning affirmations as a way to encourage yourself to start the day.

Now let’s take a look at different ways you can incorporate positive affirmations into your morning routine.

Write it in your journal. It can be helpful to align positive affirmations with self-reflection and journal exercises. Otherwise, if you repeat the words over and over, they can go in one ear and out the other, and the words start to lose their meaning.

Plus, writing things down has power. Think about it, handwriting forces you to be more deliberate and mindful. You’re more likely to slow down, and reflect on the words and their meaning as you’re writing them. And the act of writing itself can help commit things to memory.

Here’s how you can use journal writing with your morning affirmations. 

You might want to take a moment to free-write in your journal and see what comes up for you. If you’re feeling stressed or concerned about the day ahead, maybe journal writing can help you uncover the source of stress. Maybe you realize you’re feeling nervous about a presentation or a big meeting with the department.

Afterwards, choose a morning affirmation that resonates with you and can help you feel more confident.

Try writing the affirmation down a number of times. With each repetition, reflect on what it means to you and imagine the positive words ringing true. 

You can also use the morning affirmation as a prompt. What does it mean to fully embody this affirmation? What would your day look like if you committed to believing this affirmation 100 percent? 

You can also play around with different writing styles. Maybe write it in cursive and have fun with the typography. 

Display it. Words have power. So do images. Having a visual representation of your morning affirmations can help you to tap into those words every time you see them. It’s like having a regular reminder of your own power and wonderful qualities.

Put your morning affirmation on post-its and display them in your bedroom or workspace or wherever you’ll see them.

Or post your morning affirmations on your vision board and keep it in a prominent place for regular inspiration.

You can even record morning affirmations in your planner to renew your commitment to your goals. 

When you’re exercising. Recite mantras to motivate your morning workout. You can even recite morning affirmations while you’re exercising—this can help encourage you and get you across the finish line. By deploying morning affirmations in your morning workout, you’ll feel stronger and more inspired to see things through to the end. 

When to use your morning affirmations

You can turn to your morning affirmations when you wake up first thing in the morning. Some people like to keep their journal by their bedside and read their affirmations as soon as they wake up.  

You can also do your affirmations during your shower to get you into a relaxed mindset. Or even during your morning commute to help you feel more calm and relaxed before work. 

Feel free to turn to your morning affirmations at a time that work best for your and your schedule. 

Morning affirmations to try today

Here are some examples of morning affirmations that you can use. Feel free to tailor them and make them your own to help inspire and give you strength for the rest of the day. 

  • I promise to do my best today.
  • The day is full of possibilities. 
  • I am stronger than I think I am.
  • I am capable.
  • I have what it takes to accomplish great things. 
  • I have everything that I need.
  • I am grateful for the present moment. 
  • I am worthy.
  • I love myself and my potential. 
  • I will approach the day with love and compassion.
  • I have a nurturing family and community.