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10 Affirmations I Tell Myself on Hard Mental Health Days


I am entering into a phase of recovery (i.e. the beginning) when I am doggedly determined to embark upon this road and make change. I am going to do it.

The dialogue in my head is usually critical and unkind, mean and hateful.¬†Can’t believe you did that. Who do you think you are? You are not good enough.¬†I silently bully and belittle myself¬†relentlessly ‚ÄĒ day in and day out.

I understand and respect I need to move away from negative thought processes. Affirmations are unnatural to me, but I am giving it a go nonetheless.

I need to state up front I have been¬†blessed¬†with the attention span of a flea. So by necessity, I¬†require¬†affirmations¬†with a very small number of words! They must also be¬†genuine or I won’t do¬†them¬†at all. I detest the idea of standing in front of a mirror and telling myself I look beautiful. I can’t do it. I¬†get¬†nauseous just thinking about it. However, if I focus on the actual recovery road, and find positive pep talk words, I think I might be able to make a little progress. I practiced a little bit of positive self-talk repetition this morning, and for a small period of time, it did help. I did feel a little stronger. I did have a bit more belief in the possibility of success. It didn’t last long, but today is just day one! Here is what I came up with.

1. I am enough.

2. I will be OK.

3. This too shall pass.

4. Surf the urge.

5. Emotions won’t kill me.

6. The answer is in recovery.

7. I am the recovery key.

8. I can do this.

9. Failure isn’t a feeling, and feelings aren’t facts.

10. No thank you.

And of course the old faithful, ‚ÄúGrant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.‚ÄĚ

I am going to try using these affirmations each as a daily mantra, repeating them incessantly until imprinted on my heart and soul. Starting with number one: I am enough.

I am enough.

I. Am. Enough.

I…

Am…

Enough…

So are you. We are all enough.

Got a favorite affirmation? Please share in the comments below. I need all the help and inspiration I can get!

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, you can call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

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