5 Affirmations to Help With Depression

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When we’re feeling depressed, it’s easy to flood our minds with self-deprecating and negative thoughts. Sometimes repeating a few words or phrases of encouragement can help us feel better. Here are some affirmations you can use when you’re feeling blue.

I Am Loved, Despite My Sadness

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It’s all right to feel sad. Just because you’re sad doesn’t mean you are unlovable. The people who love you unconditionally will love you regardless of your mood. So embrace your sadness, express it and remind yourself that you are still loved.

I Am Needed, Even Though I Feel Worthless

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There will always be someone who needs you, no matter how poorly you think of yourself. Your breath is needed to circulate air and feed the trees, and your presence is noticed more than you realize. Even if you feel like you can’t contribute much at the moment, you still have value.

I Am Strong in My Weakness

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Depression sucks the energy out of us and it’s honestly hard to find the strength we need to get by on some days. Even if you feel absolutely drained, remember your strength—it never left, it’s just hidden a little deeper, under a few more layers. You can find it when you’re ready to get going again.

This Won’t Last Forever

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Some days, it may seem like you’ll never feel better, that the depression will never go away. But you have the control to do something about it, even though it’s difficult and you may not want to recognize that power within you right now. Just know that it won’t last forever, as long as you don’t let it.

I Am Okay Where I Am Right Now

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There’s a reason for everything and it’s fine to be where you are right now. Let yourself feel the emotions, or lack thereof, and really be aware of the state you’re in. Let yourself accept your depressed state, even if it’s not where you want to be. You’re okay here, and you will be okay afterwards.