An affirmation, by definition, is a positive statement. It is an assertion that something is true.
We make affirmations based on our firm beliefs in the present moment. Now, those beliefs can be positive (I will succeed), negative (I will fail), or neutral (I will carry on the same), but affirmations are always positive.
Why Do We Need Affirmations?
A self-affirmation tells us who we truly are and what we are capable of doing. An affirmation is a powerful way to get ourselves out of a rut.
We all have days when we feel like giving up. Perhaps our boss is behaving unfairly, or our money resources do not look good, or our relationship is not working out. In such situations, we often get stuck and look directionless.
Affirmations can help you overcome doubts, rise over negative thoughts and beliefs, and brighten up your life. They can help you feel better and push for positive changes in your life.
The overall goal of an affirmation is to make it an unconscious key to our future decisions. So when we face divisions on the road, we already know which way to go.
Sleep affirmations, those made before you doze off for the day, can make you wake up more confident, optimistic, and cheerful. They should be a part of our sleep hygiene.
What is Sleep Hygiene?
Sleep hygiene is a set of healthy habits around bedtime that helps us get a good rest for the night. Sleep hygiene is an expert-advised way to improve our sleep and maximize how much health we can get from sleep.
You cannot be healthy and sleepy both at the same time. Sleep is a non-negotiable part of your health. Experts link poor sleep to adverse health outcomes such as heart disease, premature brain aging, and diabetes. Proper sleep positively impacts how we cope with our day-to-day life stresses and approach our future endeavors.
So, while a rested brain and body can look at challenges squarely in the eye, a tired body-mind entity can relegate us to the backseat in life’s struggles.
Now, while most of us can get a good night’s sleep, many seem to always have something stopping us from waking up well-rested and fresh. It’s usually our worries that give us fractured sleep and stale mornings.
When we make affirmations that work through our sleep, we make it easier for the body and mind to rejuvenate and repair and wake up refreshed and confident.
What are Sleep Affirmations?
Sleep affirmations are positive statements that we repeat to ourselves before we go to bed. Sleep affirmations have a positive impact on our waking life as they unconsciously drive our choices and judgments.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a professional, a new parent, or a just-about-normal person trying to make ends meet, sleep affirmations can help you change your mindset and make the most of your life.
For reaping the most benefits, you must listen to your affirmations while sleeping between 1.5 to 7.5 hours.
Do Sleep Affirmations Work?
Affirmations work better while we are asleep since our conscious mind is not active during our sleep. So, we cannot readily think of ways to counter the message we hear, and our subconscious mind absorbs these statements with little opposition from our conscious mind.
The idea behind sleep affirmations is that they are a way to reprogram your subconscious mind to believe, think, and act rationally, resourcefully, and positively when you wake up.
There is a dissociation between conscious thinking and subconscious thinking during your sleep. This dissociation is also the reason why hypnosis is effective.
While sleeping, we enter a delta brain state, an aroused and activated state of the subconscious mind. When we make affirmations during this state, they are more effective in fetching results.
By simply repeating positive statements when we fall asleep, with our bodies more relaxed, we make them a part of our reality.
12 Sleep Affirmations For Success, Confidence, & Happiness
I forgive those who have wronged me and choose to live a life full of love, joy and peace. I forgive myself for my past mistakes and release the shame, anger, guilt, and embarrassment.
I am free to choose how I experience things without any need to change because others force me to. I allow others to be exactly as they are.
I accept the things I cannot change. I accept myself as I am. I accept love and joy as they come into my life.
I embrace my flaws and imperfections, mistakes and wrongs. I accept and release my past.
I thank all the people in my life to have taught me whatever I know. I am grateful for all the things I have.
I feel blessed for what I have received while being excited for what is yet to come. I savor my blessings.
I love myself for who I am, and I feel worthy of healthy, loving relationships. My relationships are always fulfilling, with their ups and downs.
I am giving and receiving all that is good and all that I desire.
I deal with life as it comes, without worrying about it all right now. I can focus on the peace that my life offers.
I am able to find peace in my day, and keep a calm mind and body even during challenging tasks. My body is calm, my mind is at peace, and I am entirely at rest.
I focus on the future with a hopeful confidence that things will always improve.
Every day I examine my past beliefs and release those which no longer serve me. My beliefs are in harmony with my goals, and I am achieving my targets.
I can stick to my dreams and aspirations as long as I want, and as long as I make good progress. With practice, perseverance comes to me in increasing doses.
I can leave a project if I feel like it is no longer profitable for my labor, time, and resources. I do not have to keep doing a thing because others expect me to. I handle change with ease.
I am full of possibilities. I know what I need to do and when it needs to be done. Every action I take moves me closer to my goal. I always have plans on how to tackle my impediments.
My dreams motivate me to go through the struggles to realize my bigger dreams. I am creating my dream life, and everything is working out the best way for me. I am led by my dreams.
I am building up my lost strengths and about to bounce back to my full potential. Things are getting better for me and I am getting better of my hardships.
I am holding on to my gritty inner horsepower. I am slowly getting happier as I cross through to the other end of my struggle.
I am the right person at the best place and the best time, taking the most important steps towards my success. I accept what is out of my control and optimize what is within my control.
I am adjusting my course of action in line with my goals. I am modifying my thoughts, behaviors, and abilities to those activities which fulfill my ultimate purpose.
I am fully engaged and deeply immersed in my work and projects. I work and I play with my full presence and dedication.
I wake up more motivated and more confident. I am growing each day to become a better version of myself. I am having a positive impact on the lives of people I come in contact with.
I study obstacles and failures to learn from them. I always learn in constructive ways and produce remarkable results. I am driving towards my future with lessons from the past.
I am succeeding. I am achieving more and more. I am moving closer to my goals each day. I don’t compare myself to others, but only to myself as the person I was yesterday. Note to self: “I am going to make you feel so proud!”
Daily sleep affirmations are a simple and effective technique to let your unconscious mind do the heavy lifting of motivating yourself.
Sleep affirmation is like a friend gently assuring you that you’re doing well and that you’ll achieve great things soon.
What you can do is write them down as a weekly or a monthly set. For each day of the week or month, choose two affirmations targeting two areas of your life.
As you go along, you may find you can create better affirmations for yourself than anyone else. Make sure you jot them down immediately, wherever you are, in a meeting, at dinner, during jogging. These self-designed sleep affirmations will give your life the best results.
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Author Bio: Written and reviewed by Sandip Roy—a medical doctor, psychology writer, and happiness researcher. Founder and Chief Editor of The Happiness Blog. Writes popular science articles on happiness, positive psychology, and related topics.
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