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Keeping a journal with positive affirmations can change your life...like actually! These tips will get you in a better state of mind ASAP.
If you have been looking for ways to bring some positive energy to your life, starting an affirmation journal can be a great way to start to manifest your dream life! I know it sounds a little strange at first, but affirmations are phrases that you say either out loud or to yourself to put your mind on the right path for the day. I have definitely been including affirmations into my daily routine, as well as gratitude and manifestation. In today’s day and age, it’s so easy to have overactive minds and repetitive negative thoughts. I find that when keeping track of my affirmations I see a huge difference in my attitude as well as just my ability to get over obstacles and achieve my goals. Some of the benefits that I have personally noticed from keeping an affirmation journal are:
It’s kind of funny because affirmations are so simple that they can seem silly and useless. You would be surprised at how much we can influence our attitude throughout the day just with these reminders. I have personally noticed that my mind can be very overactive and when I do small things to redirect my attention I have a much better day!
When I was younger, I watched The Secret with my parents. The biggest takeaway I had from the movie was visualization and manifestation are key. The idea that basically anything you envision and direct your energy towards will happen. Affirmation is basically just the little sister to manifestation. Anything you envision and direct your energy towards will happen. Say it, feel it, believe it, and it will be. Now, I know that for some this sounds like a lot of “mumbo-jumbo” and that is okay! Everyone has their own preferred method of stress-relief and goal-setting. But in my experience it works to make me feel more confident and capable. If you have a big work presentation, saying something like “I will excel at presenting this project at work,” is a lot more helpful that saying something like “I probably will trip over my words when I present this project at work.” It puts a positive thought in the space where a negative thought may have previously lived. The purpose of an affirmation journal is to have a physical place to put your affirmations and thoughts so you can read them and put your energy toward them.
First, here are some tips for starting an affirmation journal:
Here are some of my favorite cute options for affirmation journal materials from Amazon:
I love journaling with fancy pens because it makes me feel like I'm in a Y2K rom-com! I got my pink fuzzy pen that you see in my photo from Dollar Tree a while back so if you guys want that one you can check there! If not, these come in multiple colors and you can give some away to friends!
I use these pens myself and I love them! They never dry out and there are so many colors. The tip is fine enough to write with and they don't bleed over to the next page! Highly recommend.
If you're more of a pencil type of person rather than pens or markers, this is my favorite mechanical pencil of all time. It's got a thin tip but it feels nice in the hand. It's like writing with a pen but it's a pencil if that makes sense.
I cannot even express to you how major these erasers are. They have almost 25,000 5-star reviews! If you're going to get the mechanical pencil I mentioned, you need these erasers. I mean if you ever have any need to use an eraser ever you need these erasers! Seriously the best!
I really feel like you can use any type of journal for your affirmations, or even just some lined paper! However, I do like to invest in something nicer quality for something I am going to be using almost daily. I've used composition notebooks before and they can get a little worn out since the cover isn't very durable! This pink one is super cute - and I like lined paper but they also have a blank paper option and tons of colors to choose from.
If I have a little extra time I like to try to add some decorations to my affirmation journal. These vintage papers are perfect for gluing onto a page if you're feeling more artistic about your affirmations that morning. Being creative helps to get my day going and this is a really fun way to do it!
When I write in my affirmation journal, I try to keep all of the above in mind. When I get to the actual writing part, I try to just focus on what is in my heart and mind at the moment. Some people have daily affirmations that speak to them and they make it a part of their routine. Some people like to read their affirmations before bed and some like to read them first thing in the morning. There is really no right or wrong way to keep an affirmation journal. You may write something different everyday, or read the same affirmations over and over and track their experiences and progress. It’s all super personal and individual. That being said, sometimes you need some ideas to get your mind on the right wavelength. Here, I have included a few different affirmation journal prompts for various scenarios. Feel free to download the free pretty PDF version below and paste them into your own journals!