Reminders to Help Me Live My Best Life
· I'm imperfect, like everyone else, and that's okay. My self-worth is not dependent on an accomplishment, a number, or a status.
· Life contains sadness, pain, illness, death, and loss. These are universal human experiences.
· Pain is out of my control. Self-compassion is in my control.
· I am constantly changing. My world is constantly changing. Everything I experience (physical, mental, and emotional) will change too.
· Being perfect is not what connects people. Vulnerability brings us closer together.
· Letting go doesn't mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be.
· If I knew I only had a week to live, I should ask, "What would be important?"
· There are no "bad" feelings. There are, however, unhelpful reactions to difficult feelings. Experiencing uncomfortable feelings doesn't mean there’s something wrong with me, it makes me human.
· Playing is not irresponsible; in fact it's the opposite. Fun is necessary for happiness.
· The longest relationship I'll have in my life is the one with myself. Other people will come and go, but I'll be with myself from birth until death. The sooner I decide to start being kind to myself, the longer I’ll have to live life supporting rather than undermining myself.
· My waking life and responsibilities should not cause me to neglect the very real benefits of sleep, rest, and dreaming. Restoration is essential.
· Whatever it is that I'm going through, chances are there are thousands of others going through a similar experience. We're all in this together.
· To ask for help is not a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it's actually a sign of strength and courage.
· What's the worst that can happen? Consider that question. Then ask: "What do I need to survive that?"
· Things come together and fall apart, and come together and fall apart again. This is what life is.
· There are no objective truths. How I perceive myself and my world is flexible and can change.
· Acceptance is not about liking, wanting, or condoning. Acceptance can liberate us.
· Humans are resilient beings. I am programmed to heal.
· We have the ability to find meaning in our suffering. Sometimes it just takes creativity.
· Instead of wasting energy on things I can’t change or redo, I’ll strive to redirect my focus toward what’s possible.
· What serves another person might not serve me, and vice versa.
· Realistic expectations alleviate unnecessary pain, disappointment, and frustration.
· My energy changes from moment to moment and I accept that there are times I cannot give it my all.
· I am a creature of routines and habits, but I also do my best not to sleepwalk through life.
*** this list is an adaptation from a post on MindBodyGreen: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16360/affirmations-dont-work-for-me-here-are-20-reminders-that-do.html