Self-Care Workshop 2018 - Affirmations handout

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Self-Care Workshop 2018 - Affirmations handout


A handout of affirmations and inspiring quotes for the Self-Care Workshop


A handout of affirmations and inspiring quotes for the Self-Care Workshop


Womanist Working Collective

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“But please remember, especially in these times of group-think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.” -Alice Walker

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.” -Alice Walker

1. “Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream.” – Oprah Winfrey
2. "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." - Alice Walker
3. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” - Maya Angelou
4. "I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it." - Simone Biles
5. "You are your best thing." - Toni Morrison
6. “I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black; it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.” - June Jordan
7. "One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals." - Michelle Obama
8. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde
9. "If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them." - bell hooks
10. "I need to see my own beauty and to continue to be reminded that I am enough, that I am worthy of love without effort, that I am beautiful, that the texture of my hair and that the shape of my curves, the size of my lips, the color of my skin, and the feelings that I have are all worthy and okay." - Tracee Ellis Ross
11. "You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." - Nina Simone
12. “We have so much coming in as sisters, when is our interior life ever put at the forefront? We constantly want to give to other people … Too much of not caring for yourself is not a good thing. We’re bad at that as achievers. Self-care is a priority and we have to do it more.” - Ava DuVernay
13. "Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.” - Janelle Monáe
1. You are uniquely gifted. No one else in the world can do exactly what you do in exactly the way you do it. That’s amazing.
2. That was a really good decision. You’re a strong decision-maker and a great problem-solver.
3. You are healthy. Your mind is healthy. Your spirit is healthy. Your heart is healthy. Your body is healthy. Because you’re healthy, you are whole. Because you’re whole, you’re prepared for your opportunities.
4. Your skin is a gorgeous shade of brown. It sparkles like gold.
5. No matter what your grades look like, you are a strong, capable student. I see you growing and making progress.
6. You are an asset to our community. You have leadership qualities all over you. You make our people and our ancestors proud.
7. You are a giving, generous person. You are open-hearted but you are also wise.
8. Your body is beautifully perfect. It is the perfect body for you. You are more than your shape or size—you’re love and joy and beauty—but you’re good just the way you are right now.
9. You are a magnet for blessings.
10. Mistakes are not the end of you. Challenges are not the end of you. You learn from them and you get better because of them. You are resilient and powerful.
11. Your hair is the perfect halo for your head. It’s stunning and strong and soft at the same time, just like you.
12. Feelings are your personal property. You have a right to express yourself in a way that allows other people to hear and understand you.
13. Your future is your own. You will have everything you need to be the woman that you’re supposed to become.
14. You should be proud of yourself.

1. I am strong.
2. I am confident.
3. I believe in myself.
4. I am important.
5. I am brave.
6. I am safe and secure.
7. I am awesome!
8. I am allowed to feel proud of myself.
9. I trust myself.
10. I listen to my heart.
11. I love myself.
12. I accept myself.
13. I am worthy.
14. I deserve to be happy.
15. I don’t need to be perfect.
16. I don’t need to be perfect to be accepted.
17. I accept my flaws.
18. I love and accept all parts of myself.
19. I forgive myself for my mistakes.
20. I think positive thoughts about myself.
21. I speak to myself with kindness.
22. It’s okay to be sad.
23. It’s okay to be angry.
24. It’s okay to be scared.
25. I am allowed to feel all of my feelings.
26. I am kind.
27. I am grateful.
28. I am happy with what I have.
29. I am compassionate.
30. I forgive others for their flaws.
31. I help others.
32. I include others.
33. I consider other people’s feelings.
34. I am generous.
35. I love my body.
36. My body is perfect the way it is.
37. I don’t compare myself to others.
38. I am grateful to my body.
39. My body is strong and healthy.
40. I respect my body.
41. I am beautiful.
42. I love my family.
43. I accept my family.
44. I am an important part of my family.
45. I can fight with my family and still be loved.
46. I can make mistakes and still be loved.
47. I am loved.
48. I belong.
49. I am a good friend.
50. I am trustworthy.
51. I can be myself in my friendships.
52. I am allowed to be different than my friends.
53. I am allowed to have all kinds of friends.
54. I deserve to be accepted for my true self.
55. I deserve to be treated with kindness.
56. I don’t need to fit in to belong.
57. I reach my goals.
58. I can make mistakes and still reach my goals.
59. I accept help from others to achieve my goals.
60. I am always learning.
61. I work hard.
62. I am determined.
63. I believe in my abilities.
64. I enjoy being challenged.
65. I am calm.
66. I am peaceful.
67. I am relaxed.
68. I am present.
69. My mind is free from worry.
70. I let go of my worries.
71. I calm my mind with my breath.
72. My whole body is relaxed.
73. My mind, body and heart are calm.
74. I stand up for myself.
75. I stand up for others.
76. My voice matters.
77. My opinions matter.
78. My words have power.
79. I speak with kindness.
80. I speak with respect.
81. I respect others even when I don’t agree with them.
82. I have the courage to share my true feelings and opinions.
83. I am responsible for the words I speak.
84. I listen when others share their feelings and opinions.
85. I overcome my challenges.
86. I peacefully resolve conflicts.
87. I find solutions to my problems.
88. I deal with anger in healthy ways.
89. I ask for help when I need it.
90. I don’t need to go through my challenges alone.
91. I am supported in overcoming obstacles.
92. I learn from my mistakes.
93. I can handle any changes that come my way.
94. I believe in my dreams.
95. I can reach my dreams.
96. I am creative.
97. I am imaginative.
98. I go with the flow.
99. I have good ideas.
100. I am open to new ideas.
101. Anything is possible.
102. My wildest dreams can come true.
103. We are all connected.
104. We are more similar than different.
105. We all have something unique to contribute.
106. We work together to solve problems.
107. We create peace.
108. We can change the world!

1. The more I like myself, the more others will like me. And if they don’t then so what; I validate myself.
2. I am becoming better with each day.
3. I am happy to be here.
4. I have people who care about me and will help me if I need it.
5. I will ask for help if I need it.
6. I am always learning more about who I am and what matters to me. Always evolving and expanding.
7. I understand that my actions have consequences, so I will try my best to do the right thing whenever possible.
8. I love and respect others, just as I expect them to love and respect me.
9. I am an intelligent being and constantly evolving.
10. I am proud of who I am.
11. I love myself unconditionally!
12. I am grateful to have the opportunities that I do.
13. My dreams are achievable.
14. The only people who may be judging me, are the people who are most afraid of being judged. I won’t let their judgement impact my life.
15. In 1 year the issue I’m facing right now won’t even matter.
16. In 5 years the only thing that will remain is what I have learned and how I have grown.
17. My first love will probably not be my only love, and I’m ok with that.
18. People can be mean, but it only reflects the kind of person they are.
19. I am happy. Who else am I trying to please?
20. I accept and love the way I look without comparing myself to others.
21. A six-pack does not need to be standard. In either form.
22. I am completely unique and therefore, there are no rules to what I am and am not.
23. I give myself permission to do what is best for me.
24. If I need advice, I will seek it from people with more experience that I trust and respect.
25. I am so powerful.
26. I will build a Support System that I can care for me and I for them.
27. I am responsible am responsible for the energy I put out into this world.
28. My opinion matters.
29. I will use my voice in service of myself and others.
30. I can make an impact in this world. I am part of this large universe.
31. I can say no, and no will mean no.
32. I stand up for myself because I matter.
33. I love myself unconditionally.
34. I see the beauty in stopping to appreciate my what I have.
35. I am not in a race, there is no competition. I move at the space of my own life’s journey.
36. Reputation does not define you, YOU define you.
37. My friends are not always right. I must trust my intuition.
38. I am not lost, I’m still creating myself.
39. When there is a bump in the road, I keep going.
40. If someone is trying to bring me down, it means I am above them.
41. I have all the tools to be successful.
42. Though times may be difficult, they will eventually get better.
43. I do not regret yesterday and I am excited for tomorrow.
44. This is only the beginning.
45. I will do better next time.
46. I haven’t even seen what I am capable of yet.
47. I will savor my youth.
48. I wish for experiences and knowledge.
49. I will do today what I will appreciate tomorrow.
50. I begin my day by affirming the positive and end my day with gratitude.



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