I’m allowed to take up space. This includes physical space, emotional space, periods of time, any other context in which I need room to process my thoughts and feelings so I can do what I need to do. The space I require is not an inconvenience to, nor an imposition upon, other people. I am allowed to take up as much space as I need.

This Affirmation Helps Me to Simplify

I’m allowed to take up space. I will only take up as much space as I absolutely need, however, and not fill the space I have with clutter. This includes physical possessions, emotional baggage, and unnecessary tasks. To simplify means to open up space for myself so that I have the room I require to meet my own needs.

This Affirmation Helps Me to Create

I’m allowed to take up space. This includes the space to try new things, to make mistakes, and to fail. I can have the space I need to learn from both victory and defeat, to process what has happened, and to make new plans based on freshly acquired knowledge. To create means to have the space — the freedom — to explore and experiment.

This Affirmation Helps Me to Thrive

I’m allowed to take up space. It means that have boundaries, and a say in who gets to be inside my space, and when, and under what conditions. To take up space means that I have the ability to work, to rest, and to be alone with my thoughts. To thrive means being able to find joy within my own space, and to share it with people I care about.

Affirmation: I’m Allowed to Take Up Space

There is a body of peer-reviewed work in the field of social psychology that indicates self-affirmation can reduce a person’s stress response. It doesn’t affect short-term mood or long-term self-esteem, but it does create a buffer against everyday stressors. It won’t magically make your dreams come true. You cannot change the world around you with your thoughts. Affirmations can help you to reframe your thinking and help you to focus your actions. The greatest effects come when affirmations reinforce your values and priorities.

Is This Affirmation Helpful to You?

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2 thoughts on “I’m Allowed to Take Up Space

  1. I’ve never been one for affirmations, although reading what you wrote these are things I’ve told myself at one point or another when I’ve needed to pump myself up.

  2. I’m not either. I’ve been using these as journaling prompts, and that’s been working for me. A sort of less-angry manifesto.

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