Our wishes and dreams for our teens have changed so much lately haven’t they? One minute you are hoping for an amazing prom, sports season or the perfect post graduation job. The next minute you are just hoping for a job, even a simple graduation ceremony, or just good health. Now, I know our kids will all survive this season in their life. And they will be a little stronger and wiser for understanding that life doesn’t always go as planned. But as moms, we still want to be there to offer words of encouragement, to pick them up on the hard days. So here are some positive affirmations for teens so we can encourage them during tough days.
Positive Affirmations for Teens
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What is a Positive Affirmation?
A positive affirmation is a uplifting statement that reminds teens of their strength and purpose. Positive affirmations points teens towards truths that will give them confidence and build their self-esteem.
Inspiring words also remind our teens that though they may be struggling in their unique way, that everyone struggles. In this way, positive affirmations offer balance for those times when teenagers feel like life is all negative. Instead teens can choose to focus on the bigger picture and find the positives through positive affirmations.
Positive affirmations can be a statement, an inspiring quote, or a Bible verse. Positive affirmations are powerful because they focus on what a teen can control and for which they can be thankful.
Some use positive affirmations to speak of creating positive energy. I believe that just because we speak something doesn’t make it true. But that there is plenty of beauty and truth in the world, and we can always focus on that. There is power in focusing on our attitude in a situation and the choices we can make.
20+ Self-Esteem Raising Positive Affirmations for Teens
Teens can choose to write these encouraging words on a piece of paper and post them in their room. They can create a screen saver on their laptop or phone with a positive affirmation. Or teens can choose to say a few positive affirmations aloud to themselves each morning!
1. I am unique and there is no one with my exact talents.
2. I can learn from my mistakes and become stronger.
3. I will continue to try. Just because something is hard doesn’t mean it won’t eventually work.
4. I am smart in my unique way, but it’s wise to ask for help sometimes.
5. I am not limited by what others think of me.
6. I have permission to care for my needs and feelings.
7. I am wise to stop and consider my options.
8. I may not be everyone’s cup of tea but there are many for who I am a perfect match!
9. I can change my feelings by changing my thinking.
10. I will continue to pursue my dreams even if others don’t share my dreams.
11. I can tell someone no and still be a kind person.
12. I will be confident to speak up when I need to.
13. I am not responsible to take care of other’s feelings.
14. I am loved and matter to many people.
15. I will choose to believe that I have a lot to offer someone.
16. I am worth taking care of physically and mentally.
17. I deserve to have friends that treat me well.
18. I am important even if I am not rich or famous.
19. I will appreciate and be kind to myself as I would a friend.
20. I can choose to be happy right where I am, even if I desire more in the future.
22. I am worthy of love because I am a person not because of how I look or perform.
23. If I feel overwhelmed by fear, anxiety or depression today, that’s OK, because tomorrow is a new day!
5 Inspiring Quotes for Teens to Build Self-Esteem
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” Fred Rogers
“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” Michael J. Fox
“You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” Brene Browne
“It’s not knowing what to do; it’s doing what you know.” Tony Robbins
5 Gratitude Boosting Positive Affirmations for Teens
1. I am thankful that I can choose to learn even under challenging circumstances.
2. I am grateful for the family, friends and mentors that do believe in me.
3. I am blessed to have had many opportunities in life.
4. I am thankful that I have so many choices, and I will use them wisely.
5. I am grateful that God is always in control.
12 Positive Affirmations to Text Your Teen
Is your teen feeling down? Encourage your teenager with a sticky note or text to let them know you are thinking of them!
1. I believe you will get through this.
2. I am so proud of how you are facing this challenge.
3. You are dearly loved and a blessing to many.
4. I am so thankful to be your mom.
5. I can’t wait to see the good that God will bring out of this season.
6. You are worth having someone who truly appreciates you.
7. I am so amazed by your unique talents.
8. I was in awe of the way you care for your friends.
9. I am really proud of how hard you have worked to improve yourself.
10. You have accomplished so many wonderful things already in your life.
11. You may be just the person that someone needs to hear from today.
12. You are so brave for showing up for yourself!
Positive Thinking for Teenagers to Encourage & Inspire
Do you ever struggle to find the right words of encouragement for your teenagers? Utilize these positive affirmations and inspiring quotes to encourage and build up your teen’s confidence and self-esteem. And don’t forget to send them a quick text (yes, even if they are home with you right now) to give them a boost today!
Want another way to encourage your teen? Read and grab the 20 Day Self-Care Calendar for Teens here!