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25 Affirmations For Resilience

If there is any time when someone needs an uplifting message, it’s when they’re feeling broken down. Depending on your situation, it can be hard to find where we tucked away our resilience.

Resilience is our ability to bounce back from tough situations. It’s our grit, tenacity and ability to navigate our way out of tough times. It doesn’t mean that you don’t feel trauma or sadness. When a person is ready to bounce back or just wants to lift their head out of the clouds, these affirmations can help.

Share these with a friend, family member or colleague who may need some inspiration. Add these to your computer screensaver, phone alarm, business planner, vision board or any other location where the reminder can come in handy!

  1. I have the power to pick myself up again.

  2. I have a history of being a survivor.

  3. I know how to defeat the odds.

  4. I allow doubt to float away from me.

  5. I handle change with ease.

  6. I deserve the life I want.

  7. I have not run out of possibilities.

  8. I can rewrite my story.

  9. I am bent but not broken.

  10. I am unique.

  11. My scars are my armor.

  12. Setbacks can be overcome.

  13. I will keep going.

  14. I know how to call on my healthy supports.

  15. I let go of what weighs me down.

  16. Disruption is just a change of energy. It won’t last forever.

  17. My faith has lifted me up before and I can rely on my faith now.

  18. I believe in my abilities.

  19. I am committed to my purpose.

  20. I love how quickly I can adapt to change.

  21. I am supported by the Universe.

  22. I have wisdom and strength.

  23. It’s okay to not be okay.

  24. Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness.

  25. I surrender these feelings of overwhelm.

If you’re interested in learning more about resilience I have a 3-part series on increasing resilience you can refer to!

How To Increase Your Resilience – Part 1

How To Increase Your Resilience – Part 2

How To Increase Your Resilience – Part 3

Do you use affirmations when you’re going through tough times? 

Part 3: How To Increase Your Resilience

Originally posted on April 15, 2015

How internally fit do you feel after Part 1 and 2 of this series????!!!!!! Let’s recap!

Part 1 of this 3-part series identified ways to address physical and social resilience.

In Part 2, emotional and cognitive resilience were discussed. These 4 areas of resilience, or internal fitness, were part of Dr. Donald Meichenbaum’s research, which focused on military members and trauma survivors.

Trauma can be defined as an event that causes one to feel unsafe. Car accidents, burglaries, surgeries, and natural disasters can leave trauma scars that last for years. I wrote a post earlier this year entitled “Coping with PTSD”, which looked closer at post-traumatic stress and effective coping skills.

 To close out this series let’s identify ways to improve your spiritual and behavioral resilience!


Spiritual Resilience

  • Have you lost hope? Are there spiritual tools you would be willing to use to help you regain hope?
  • Is there a spiritual advisor that you can talk to or reach out to?
  • Are you willing to engage in spiritual or religious groups? Do you know someone who is already connected with a group?
  • Have spiritual tools helped you in the past? Proverbs? Psalms? Readings? Can you use those again?
  • In what ways could spiritual music help you? Energy? Positivity? Regaining Hope? Comfort?
  • Are there individuals in your life that challenge your spiritual values or bring “negative” vibes into your life? How can you set a boundary with them?


Some tools that can help people with increasing spiritual resilience are books, journals,music or wearing jewelry that reflects your spiritual beliefs (cross, bracelet, necklace). Recovering addicts may wear a necklace signifying their affiliation in 12-Step programs and many use keychains or “chips” that are tangible symbols of their commitment to their sobriety. When my sense of faith was shaken after the tragic deaths in Newtown in 2012, I wore a bracelet with a cross to give me a sense of safety and comfort.

Some people feel they need to get closer to nature, gardening, being near the ocean, etc. Spirituality has many pathways. Find what works for you.


Behavioral Resilience

  • Can my goals become more manageable? Can they be broken down into sub-tasks?
  • Do I need to avoid certain people, places or things that negatively affect my behavior?
  • How much negativity do I hear or see throughout the day? Think of TV, news, radio, Facebook, social media, chatter at work, chatter at the kids’ school.
  • Can I identify any friends or family who are engaging in positive behaviors? Think of fitness, spiritual activities, outdoor activities, healthy habits. Can I confide in them or become involved with their activities?
  • Do I need to renegotiate my role at home or at work? Can I delegate some responsibilities, even for a week or weekend?
  • Can I incorporate some behaviors that help me relax? Reading, gardening, walking, volunteer opportunities, creative outlets, etc

Our thoughts and emotions affect our behaviors. Period.

This is why babies cry. Our behaviors can affect our values, our interactions with others and our productivity.

I have previously written about cleaning up our daily environment. In a post entitled,  “Taking Out The Trash”, I highlighted areas in our life that create toxic energy, if left unchecked. Facebook and other social media can be a gift and a curse. Recent studies point to Facebook being linked to depression. Personally, these sites provide encouragement and motivation for me because I CHOOSE to follow others who are on the same path.

If you know someone who posts positive messages or has a positive energy, ask them what helps them stay behaviorally fit! As a first-time parent did you ask other parents about words of advice? College students may ask graduates for advice on how to survive post-grad. Bloggers look to other bloggers and social media managers for guidance on their projects.

If you are too shy to ask for help, use the cheapest and easiest method available – pen and paper! Make an inventory of your behaviors.

 How Do You Spend Your Time???

Once you evaluate how you spend your time make yourself accountable. Tell others about it. Tell them what will now be of importance to you.

Is Sunday designated for church and downtime?

Do you need to clean up your social media pages?

Do negative people need to stop calling you about their problems? Tell them!!


Question: How is your internal fitness feeling after this series about resilience?

Let me know what is working for you!

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