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Read the set of related affirmations below aloud. It’s important to your conscious and subconscious mind to hear the affirmations said in your own voice. Choose one or two of the affirmations from the set to start working with. You only need one or two affirmations, used consistently, to make a substantial change in your life.

Choose one affirmation that feels easy to you and choose another that generates resistance or disbelief. The idea is to practice extending your current self-imposed limits and encourage growth.

Say your chosen affirmation loud enough for your mind to hear your voice saying the words and take notice of how you feel as you begin and as you continue your practice. Repeat your chosen affirmation multiple times a day for at least 30 days and reinforce your affirmation by writing it in your journal.

You can change your life by beginning an affirmation practice – using one or two favorite affirmations over the course of 30 to 60 days can permanently change your mindset and your life.

Moving from childhood to adulthood can be a real challenge – maturity doesn’t often come automatically. While we continue to get older with respect to time, “growing up” isn’t necessarily a function of time. We all know people who continue to act as if they are children when they’re well past the age of majority.

If you weren’t provided with the minimal conditions to help you develop into a positive, healthy, and centered adult, it can force your inner child to focus on self-preservation instead of your own development. Having to manage your parent’s or caretaker’s feelings and behavior isn’t a fair burden for you to have to shoulder, and it leaves behind lasting effects.

The fallout from your painful childhood can include negative consequences like a higher risk of depression, higher levels of anxiety, obesity, behavioral issues, and even health problems like heart disease or substance abuse. Fortunately, you’re not doomed to deal with the consequences for the rest of your life – there are things you can do to help yourself heal from painful childhood episodes and memories.

One of the greatest factors in helping you to overcome the challenges is to express love for yourself. A deep, true, abiding love for oneself is a critical component for healthy self-esteem, self-confidence, and helps build coping mechanisms that empower you to get through each day.

Now I’m not a doctor or a mental health professional, and I’d strongly encourage you to seek out a qualified mental health professional that will help assess your current condition and help you design a course of treatment. One thing you can do right away to help yourself is to tap into the power of Affirmations. Check out the list of 20 affirmations below, and try speaking them aloud. Notice which ones resonate with you, and make them part of your self-improvement routine on a daily basis. Positive affirmations can help you to increase your belief in yourself and your inherent worth and dignity, and encourage you to define and live into your authentic values. Check out my Affirmations Index Page to see all the different affirmations provided here on the site, and articles to help you start or continue your personal practice.


Affirmations to Help you Heal from a Painful Childhood

I believe my parents/caretakes did the best they could.

My childhood is not my adulthood, today I have myself to take care of me.

The pain I experienced in my childhood has made me stronger today.

I forgive my parents.

I am grateful for the resilience I learned from childhood experiences that serves me today.

I take care of myself today. I nurture myself today. I am there for myself today.

What happened in childhood is in the past. The present is fully within my control.

I choose me.

The abuse I experienced in childhood does not define who I am as an adult.

My life is surrounded by peace, and I feel safe.

What happened to me as a child is not my fault.

I feel connected to others, I am not alone.

My body, mind and spirit belong to me.

When I set boundaries with others, I protect myself and keep myself safe.

Love is all around me, I reach out and I can feel it.

I seek out positive interactions and relationships with others.

I trust myself. I trust other people.

I release my anger, resentment, and ill feelings.

I release guilt and shame.

I release feelings of pain and hurt. I focus on feeling positive, joyous, and peaceful.

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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