What is an affirmation?

An affirmation, by definition – is the process of affirming something (obvs).  For this reason, affirmations are often referred to as positive affirmations, because affirmation = affirmative = positive.

The way the human brain works has been studied closely for centuries and it has been found that the neural pathways in our brain can be changed – a process called neuroplasticity. 

This means we can literally reprogram our brains to change habits, behaviours and thought patterns that no longer serve us. The other magical thing about the brain is that what we perceive, the brain interprets as reality.

So whether we are simply having negative thoughts, or are actually experiencing something negative happening, there is no difference to our brain – it is processed the same way and so can impact our mental health.

And this is where positive statements like affirmations are helpful. They are something that is easily incorporated into your daily routine, to help overcome negative self-talk and develop a positive mindset.

Validating challenges of motherhood

I think it’s so important to validate the challenges of motherhood and acknowledge to yourself when things are hard. I’m not a fan of toxic positivity and it’s totally okay to have a pity party from time to time and remind yourself that this is the season your in.

Affirmations for me are part of looking after my own well-being in my motherhood journey. They are an opportunity to take a quiet moment to yourself and help rewire patterns of negative thinking that can contribute a negative experience of being a mum.

How to use daily affirmations in motherhood.

If we begin to repeat positive thoughts, mantras and affirmations to ourselves we can ‘trick’ our brain into believing they’re true.  This leads to us experiencing the feel good chemicals and warm fuzzies that can result from those positive messages.

Being a mum is an emotional rollercoaster. Even on the good days, motherhood can still kick your butt.  The days can feel long, monotonous at times and with high stress levels we can get caught in a rut of glass-half-empty thinking.

It feels hard to show up as the best version of yourself on those tough days. There’s sleep deprivation and juggling overwhelming responsibilities that can make it hard to overcome negative feelings and practice a growth mindset.

By starting each day with positive phrases, it helps in rewiring those gloomy neural pathways, leading to an improved outlook, mood and experience of motherhood and parenting in our daily lives.

Sticky notes

Writing affirmations down on a sticky note or even on the mirror are a great way to incorporate them into everyday activities. Take a moment to remind yourself of your affirmations when you’re doing everyday activities like household chores, brushing your teeth or hair.

Phone Reminders

Pop a reminder into your phone to repeat powerful affirmations to yourself. Even if you feel like they aren’t making a difference, the repetition will work on your subconscious mind and help you recalibrate through the day for a little dose of positive energy.

Affirmation Cards

An affirmation card deck is a visual reminder to pull an affirmation each day, plus it’s something the whole family can get involved in. It’s one of those beautiful ways you can role model to your children how to help overcome negative thought patterns. A skill and ritual they can carry into their own lives.

35+ positive affirmations for mums

  • I have plenty of time for the things I need to do today.
  • By filling my own cup, I have more to give to my family.
  • I lean into and trust my intuition.
  • I am learning as I go, I don’t need to be perfect.
  • I am grateful for this experience.
  • All is well in my world.
  • I have everything I need within me.
  • What belongs to me will find me.
  • I let go of what I cannot change and do my best with what I can.
  • I have survived 100% of my hardest days, I can do this.
  • I openly share the abundance that I receive.
  • I have everything I need in this moment.
  • I don’t have to be perfect for my children to feel loved.
  • I release perfectionism and embrace imperfect action.
  • My courage is stronger than my fear.
  • I am deserving of good things.
  • I forgive myself for the mistakes I have made.
  • I am gentle with myself.
  • I make time to nourish my body and soul.
  • I trust that I make the right decisions for myself and my family.
  • I know my worth and remind others of theirs.
  • My past mistakes don’t define who I am.
  • I am worthy of love and affection.
  • I choose to see the positive, even in tough times.
  • I am enough.
  • A bad day does not make me a bad mother.
  • I am exactly where I need to be.
  • I will give myself grace when I make mistakes.
  • I deserve support, it’s okay to ask for help.
  • Motherhood is part of me but not all of me.
  • I am grateful to be there for my children.
  • I deserve to feel recognised.
  • I am capable of amazing things.
  • I make and keep boundaries that serve me.
  • I am powerful and brave.
  • I’m doing an incredible job.

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