Now that I’ve been doing this 31 Days of Self-Care challenge for a while, as well as posting daily affirmations, I thought I’d explain how I’m using all of these things. All of the posts are pulled from reading and journalling that I’ve been doing. I clean things up a bit and share them, because blogging is also part of my self-care routine. Most relevant to this post, I combine affirmations with meditation. I use the daily affirmation as a sort of mantra when I’m meditating. I sit, I relax, I breathe, and I tell myself whatever positive message I’m writing about that day. A lot of what’s in the affirmation posts is based on thoughts that pop up during[…]

I surround myself with positive people. They help bring out the best in me, rather than encouraging the things that I don’t like about myself. They provide me with inspiration by demonstrating the behaviors and attitudes that I want to emulate. I surround myself with mentors, role models, and true friends. This Affirmation Helps Me to Simplify I surround myself with positive people. Sometimes this means that I have fewer friends, but what I lack in quantity they make up for in quality. There is plenty of room for the people who are supportive, understanding, and joyful. To simplify means to have people that I need, that I can count on, and whom I want to be around. This Affirmation[…]

My life is a gift and I appreciate everything I have. I am present in this moment, and give thanks for the resources that I have to work with. Even when things aren’t perfect, I realize that resource restrictions just require me to use my imagination and to be innovative. I am not complacent but I am content in the moment, and will make the best possible use of everything I have. This Affirmation Helps Me to Simplify My life is a gift and I appreciate everything I have. Having fewer things means that I have more time to enjoy life, rather than caring for possessions and cleaning up clutter. The things I need are good quality, and my few[…]

I’m calm, happy, and content. By being present in the moment, I have learned how to be grateful what I’m experiencing, right where I am. The things that are going well as a foundation for me to build upon, which is good fortune. Things that aren’t going well provide me with an opportunity to learn and grow, which is a boon of a different sort. It’s all a matter of having the right perspective. This Affirmation Helps Me to Simplify I’m calm, happy, and content. My life isn’t overwhelmed with clutter, trivia, and pointless tasks. My needs are few and I have the things required for a comfortable existence. To simplify means getting minimizing the things that cause me suffering[…]

I’m more at ease every day. I have the resources necessary to deal with my anxiety and depression. The legitimate problems that cause me to worry are things that I am able to address. The more I handle my issues, the more confidence to continue to handle those issues and anything else that may arise. This Affirmation Helps Me to Simplify I’m more at ease every day. Getting unnecessary things out of the way means that I have less trivia distracting me. I’m able to set aside things not worth worrying about, and address the things that matter. To simplify means that I’m taking care of the things that make me uneasy so that they never turn into an actual[…]