One of the most common questions I’m asked is how I keep my spirits high. Here’s the truth—I’m human so there’s no way I can be sunshiney 24/7. But nourishing my energy and keeping it positive is as important to me as my fur-kid and the beautiful greens growing in my garden. It’s been an ongoing journey for me to elevate my energy—and it all started with the lovely Queen of Affirmations, Louise Hay.
If you don’t know Louise’s work, she is a pioneer in affirmations and self-love. Back in the 80’s (when I would raid my mom’s self-help books), Louise opened my eyes to a new way of looking at the world. She helped me to be kinder to myself and anchor into my power from a place of love. Louise also taught me how to flip the (nasty) script in my head to be one that serves and enriches me, rather than one that judges and criticizes myself. When we understand that we have the power to choose our thoughts, a world of healing and abundance opens up to us.
Following her lead, I began creating my own affirmations that help me cultivate joy and provide guidance and comfort when I need it most. Meditating on these statements has pulled me out of many a slump. It’s just so much healthier to fill our heads with love rather than fear. Love leads to growth. Fear shuts it down.
But let’s be honest, life is not always rainbows and unicorns. There’s lots of negativity and real-world problems out there and we’re not immune to hardship. Affirmations don’t sterilize suffering and they’re not meant to. That’s where critics get tripped up. We’re not just slapping pretty words on top of wounds and expecting them to vanish with magical thinking.
Affirmations help retrain your brain to look at things differently. They’re little love nuggets filled with truths that serve as a reminder of who we really are and what we’re meant to be. Our beliefs, or habitual thought patterns, are shaped when we’re children. Some beliefs help create the positive experiences in our lives, while others can limit our power and potential. So whether we know it or not, we’re affirming either the positive or the negative with every thought and action that follows it.
For example, a few years ago I was talking to Louise about an issue I was struggling with. I said something like “this always happens to me” or “I just can’t do it.” Louise stopped me and gently put her hand on my shoulder, “Kris, that’s an affirmation too. Don’t affirm the negative if you want a positive outcome.”
I had never thought about it like that before! How many times had I got myself into a negative lather only to make matters worse. It’s like I was actively participating in keeping myself stuck and unhappy.
The truth is, it’s easy to get caught up in negative thought patterns that don’t serve us. As human beings we’re wired to scan for problems. Our brains look for things that need to be fixed and any perceived threats to our survival. This is wonderful because it’s helped us evolve and kept us alive—but it also makes things tricky when we experience fear where it doesn’t need to be. Plus, negativity is a breeding ground for inflammation and disease.
Now this doesn’t mean we should gloss over the areas where we’re struggling. Acknowledge the mud in your life. Feel your feelings. Express your needs. Just remember that there are amazing mental life preservers available when you’re sinking into stress.
So today I want to share this powerful tool to help you raise your own energy. When you notice that you’re going down that rabbit hole of fear, doubt and worry, these can help you reframe your experience and pull yourself out.
Ready to elevate your energy? Here’s eleven affirmations to get you started and to help get the positivity flowing:
11 Affirmations to Elevate Energy
I am beautiful and strong.
I love and accept myself exactly as I am. I see beauty in myself and the world around me.
I am ready to see things differently.
I choose to widen my perspective and look at things from a different angle. Just like when I turn a diamond, I see different aspects of the light I didn’t see before.
I am courageous and confident.
Everything life gives me I am able to handle with confidence, grace and ease. I have the courage to accept myself, fully and completely.
I am more than enough.
There’s nothing I have to do, be, strive for, worry about—I’m perfect, as is.
I am safe and secure.
This is a big one for worry and anxiety! A gentle reminder that your needs are always taken care of, you are always supported and it’s safe to let go of worry. Stay open to all the miracles and abundance the world has to offer you.
I trust myself and I have my own back.
I always do what’s right and best for me. All the decisions I make are serving my greater good.
I listen to my body——it knows exactly what I need.
Let yourself rest. Slow down and tune in. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Trust yourself.
Regardless of my setbacks, I always have a comeback in me.
I am more resilient than I think. Life always finds a way. I always have the power to rise again.
This is my time to shine. I’ve got this. I’m ready.
There’s nothing else I need to do to be ready to be wonderful me. All I have to do is make up my mind that it’s time. I’m ready. Go!
I flow with life and life flows with me.
Thoughts create reality. When I raise my thoughts and get in the flow with life, the rest of my experience will match me.
I choose happiness because I love how joy makes me feel.
Each day I am honored to have the choice of how I would like to feel. I choose positivity because it makes me feel better and better.