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60+ Powerful Mindfulness Affirmations to Encourage us to Slow Down and Reflect

Mindfulness is something we’re encouraged to practice, but it’s not even clear what that means at times. If you’re feeling busy, rushed, and overwhelmed, the last thing on your to-do list is taking a pause and being in the moment. That’s why having a list of mindfulness affirmations can help.

When you’re trying to create a new habit or mindfulness practice, affirmations can help you get in the right frame of mind. They act as a reminder to pause and help you affirm who you are, who you want to be, and how to get there.

What is mindfulness?

Many of us have heard of mindfulness, but it’s not always easy to know what it means. The experts at Mindful describe mindfulness as:

“The basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

Mindfulness can mean something different to us all. For some, mindfulness comes in stepping back, sitting still, and quietly listening to what’s going on around us. For others, it’s escaping the chaos of a schedule and making space for free thinking and calm time. What’s common with mindfulness is being present — the intentionality behind being in the moment and letting it play out as it does.

How mindfulness affirmations can help

Mindfulness encourages us to stop, be still, and be present in the moment. It’s part of the simple formula for living. Beyond this, it also helps us create a sense of inner peace and a reminder to silence those negative thoughts and harsh critics within. Instead, we can embrace positive thinking in the present moment, and reflection without the guilt.

Reciting daily affirmations, mantras, or mindfulness affirmations can:

  • Encourage us to reflect on what’s happening around us
  • Help foster a positive mindset in our daily lives
  • Promote positive self talk and positive thoughts
  • Encourage self love, greater self esteem, and self affirmation
  • Help us with visualization and goal setting
  • Motivate us to move towards our mental health, wellbeing, or wellness goals
  • Be a form of self care
  • Remind us to take deep breaths and be still
  • Encourage other practices like mindfulness meditation or guided meditation
  • Be a useful addition to a morning routine or evening routine

While it’s not specific to mindfulness affirmations, research into positive affirmations has shown a link between them and a decrease in stress, rumination, and higher academic achievement. The positive habit of saying affirmations can be a great one to form — especially if you’re chasing a goal, want to create more positive energy around you, or establish a new mindfulness practice.

How to use these mindfulness affirmations

Woman smiling after reading mindfulness affirmations

There’s no hard and fast rule about how you should use affirmations. The best way to use them is whatever works for you. Some people prefer morning affirmations, or create a habit around Monday affirmations to set the week off to a good start.

Some of the most popular ways to use affirmations and positive phrases include:

  • Saying them out loud in front of a mirror
  • Using them as self love journal prompts
  • Printing them out and making affirmation cards
  • Adding them to a self care vision board
  • Writing them in a letter to yourself or someone else
  • Reading them from a list
  • Adding them as a screensaver or background

Think of these mindfulness affirmations as a positive reminder to stop, check in, and feel grounded. Use them in a way that suits your lifestyle, goals, and habits. Combine them with my list of 100 things to love about yourself to create a master list of positive statements to reflect on. The key is to make them part of your routine, so look for places where they fit in perfectly — like as part of a Sunday reset routine to get you motivated for the new week.

60+ powerful mindfulness affirmations to try

There’s no time like the present to kickstart your mindfulness practice. Here are some of my favorite mindfulness affirmations to spark motivation, positivity, and a reminder to embrace living in the moment.

  1. I am here in the present moment.
  2. The world feels calm and peaceful.
  3. I will take deep breaths.
  4. I’m ready to give all my attention to the here and now.
  5. I’m grateful for all the good things in life.
  6. I’m not afraid to take steps towards my goals.
  7. It’s okay to slow down.
  8. I will be kind to myself today.
  9. I feel alive in this moment.
  10. I feel a sense of relief and calm.
  11. I’m resilient and strong.
  12. I am still, calm, and present.
  13. I feel a sense of accomplishment.
  14. I can achieve great things on my own timeline.
  15. I see beauty and joy in the world around me.
  16. I feel a sense of purpose.
  17. I am safe and there’s nothing to worry about.
  18. I am content.
  19. Wonderful things are happening around me.
  20. I am in the best place for me right now.
  21. I’ve let go of my worries.
  22. I am content with who I am.
  23. I choose to seek out joy and happiness.
  24. I love being in this place.
  25. I see good where others see negativity.
  26. I’ll show myself and others compassion.
  27. I’m excited about the day ahead.
  28. I appreciate all the good things that happen to me.
  29. I can approach life in my own unique way.
  30. I am listening.
  31. Today I will take steps forward.
  32. I am more contented than I have ever been before.
  33. I can overcome challenging things.
  34. I can go at my own pace.
  35. I’m completely in the present moment.
  36. I feel grounded.
  37. I make a difference in my own way.
  38. I’m here and I’m focused.
  39. I am happy.
  40. I can live slowly and still make progress.
  41. I feel a sense of inner peace.
  42. This moment is wonderful.
  43. I feel a sense of calm and security from those around me.
  44. I have a sense of hope for the future.
  45. This day is a gift and I’m enjoying every moment.
  46. I’m determined to give today my best efforts.
  47. I deserve all the good things in life.
  48. I appreciate today and everything that it brings.
  49. I’m here to love and share joy wherever I go.
  50. I am present.
  51. I’m ready to support my loved ones on their own journeys.
  52. I can see the upside in any moment.
  53. I am excited to be here today.
  54. I am where I’m meant to be.
  55. I have a positive mindset.
  56. I appreciate the beauty of nature.
  57. I welcome all of today’s opportunities and challenges.
  58. I’m overjoyed to exist in the here and now.
  59. I can give myself time to pause and reflect.
  60. I am surrounded by people that love and understand me.
  61. I’m grateful for the way things have turned out.
  62. I have the potential to turn this moment into something great.
  63. I love the way today feels.
  64. I’m motivated by my goals and purpose.
  65. I have all the strength I need within me.
  66. I’m thankful for the good things in my life.
  67. I feel grounded to the world beneath my feet.

Enjoyed these affirmations? Download my printable affirmation cards!

I decided to take this list of affirmations and create these fun little affirmation cards! You can download them from my Etsy store, print them at home or send the file to a print shop, and enjoy a small reminder to be mindful every day or week. Pin them to your noticeboard, self care vision board, or somewhere near your workspace.

Embrace the present with these mindfulness affirmations

Mindfulness affirmations are a super useful tool to have if you’re trying to build a new habit around being present, taking it all in, and feeling less affected by what you can’t control. With these mindfulness affirmations to hand, you always have some fresh inspiration and motivation to continue to live life as the person you want to be.

1 Comment

  • Yvonne Bostock

    Just want to affirm you Nicola – for puttig this wonderful list together and explaining so clearly the importance of affirmations and taking control of who we are and who we become in life. Thankyou.


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