I’m a big believer in the power of words. Recovery affirmations and positive life quotes can serve as a motivator for those seeking hope. They also give a quick and subtle reminder that no matter what situation you’re in, there is always a way through. Whether it’s simplifying holding fast and coping with it, or pushing past it.
Words are just that, words. They may not change the reality of the situation, but they can change how we perceive things. Just read this wonderful article from Psychology Today. It tells us that while words won’t change reality, they create filters through which people see things. Much like rose coloured glasses they can change our perspective. Quite often our perspective is what can make or break us.
But how does positive reinforcement make a difference?
Over a period of time, people can begin to embody positive reinforcement and affirmations. They can help them think more clearly and change the way in which they think. People can even start to believe these positive reinforcements. Struggling with addiction? By changing the mantra from ‘recovery is impossible’ to ‘recovery IS possible because….’ individuals can successfully feel empowered to move forward.
In the long run and with consistency, affirmations can improve our self-confidence too. Instead of telling yourself that you can’t do anything right, tell yourself that you’re capable of reaching your goals. The change in inner monologue will improve self-esteem and gradually improve confidence over time.
20+ Recovery Affirmations.
Here are some wonderful affirmations to get you started. Use them how you like! Write them on a mirror, put them in your diary, and even create posters for your wall! There are so many ways you can use affirmations and positive quotes in your everyday life!
- My body deserves love and respect.
- I am not a burden.
- I am allowed to ask for help and support.
- My body needs nourishment so I can live a full and happy life.
- Recovery takes time but staying sick will take your whole life.
- I am allowed to love and respect myself.
- I am enough!
- Food is not the enemy. Food is medicine.
- The eating disorder lies. It does not represent reality.
- I am not my eating disorder.
- I am strong.
- Recovery is 100% possible. Even for me.
- It’s okay to feel down sometimes. We all have bad days.
- We are all unique. I do not need to compare myself to others.
- Their opinions won’t pay your bills.
- Food gives me the energy to do things that I love.
- I do not need to and willl not compare myself to others.
- Relapses happen. They are minor setbacks, not complete failures.
- My health is my wealth.
- I deserve not to obsess and worry about food and weight.
- I am allowed to make mistakes. I’m only human.
- I am learning to love myself more and more each day.
- Rest is not the enemy. I am not lazy for taking a break.
- No matter what, it’s better to be kind that seek revenge.
- I am not a doormat to be walked over.
How can we use recovery affirmations every day?
Hang them in your office, workspace, and living spaces!
When I worked in an office I used to have small quotes hidden in my planner or written on post-it notes. Now that I have my home office I’ve got various books, including those above, for quick reference should I need them.
Hanging them around is a great way to encourage yourself on those days when even turning the page can feel like the most difficult thing in the world.
Keep a scrapbook or notebook full of your favourite ones!
I remember distinctly writing quotes on scraps of paper and cigarette packets before sticking them into cheap notebooks for easy reference. When clearing out my childhood room I’d so many books that I didn’t know what to do with them.
Why not dedicate a shelf on or space for all your quote books, bought or created!?
I have a space dedicated to books on my workbench, and at the moment these four quote books dominate that space. I can easily reach for these books if I ever need to add a quote to a handwritten letter, blog post, or social media post!
I recently created a canvas inspired by recovery, and it sits proudly at my workstation. Every morning I’m reminded that recovery is the ONLY way forward. Returning to sickness is not an option.
Have you any other affirmations you’d like to add?
What about displaying or using your affirmations? How do you ensure you’re getting the most out of this method of positive reinforcement?