Nurturing Self-Esteem with Mindfulness and Affirmations

February 27, 2024 Sean Gunderson

In the pursuit of nurturing self-esteem, my journey spans nearly two decades of mindfulness meditation practice and affirmations. The profound influence of mindfulness meditation practice has allowed me to comprehend the potency residing within my own mind, transforming it from a tumultuous sea of thoughts into a serene sanctuary that nurtures my self-esteem. Affirmations have a power all their own.

The Transformative Power of Mindfulness to Nurture Self-Esteem

Mindfulness, a discipline requiring persistent effort, has taught me the art of quieting the mind and reclaiming a peaceful state, free from the intrusion of unwanted thoughts. This commitment to being present in the moment, coupled with non-judgmental observation, serves as a powerful tool in countering the persistent waves of negativity often associated with low self-esteem and mental health conditions

The journey to quieting the mind is no magical remedy; instead, it is a skill cultivated through consistent practice. Through the lens of mindfulness meditation, I have harnessed the ability to steer my thoughts away from negativity, redirecting my focus toward tranquility. The rewards of this effort extend far beyond the meditation cushion, permeating various facets of my life and nurturing the foundation of self-esteem. 

Positive Affirmations: A Guiding Light to Nurture Self-Esteem

Another facet of nurturing self-esteem involves the deliberate practice of positive affirmations. These simple yet potent statements act as beacons of positivity, dispelling the shadows of self-doubt and fostering the growth of self-worth within. 

Understanding the malleability of our thoughts, positive affirmations play a crucial role in reshaping the narrative of our inner dialogue. Customized to individual needs, these affirmations serve as a continual reminder of our strengths, resilience, and intrinsic value. They act as a shield against the arrows of negativity, fortifying the armor of self-esteem. 

In the age of technology, accessing positive affirmations has become effortlessly convenient. Social media platforms offer an abundance of affirmations that can be seamlessly integrated into daily routines. Whether through written messages or audio affirmations, these tools provide a constant source of encouragement, reinforcing the belief in one's own self-worth. 

By regularly engaging with positive affirmations, we consciously nurture our self-esteem, infusing our subjectivities with thoughts that uplift, inspire, and affirm our inherent value. This proactive approach to self-esteem is an ongoing journey, yet the rewards are immeasurable: a resilient mind, a compassionate heart, and a bolstered sense of self-esteem. 

I encourage my audience to consider how they can incorporate mindfulness and positive affirmations into their daily routine to nurture self-esteem. I assure you it is worth it. 

APA Reference
Gunderson, S. (2024, February 27). Nurturing Self-Esteem with Mindfulness and Affirmations, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 22 from

Author: Sean Gunderson

Sean Gunderson (they/them) has a wealth of lived experience with mental health issues and, after publishing their thesis, "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Psychiatric Survivor: Exploring the Paradigm Shift in Mental Health," became an advocate for embracing the ongoing scientific paradigm shift in the field of mental health. Find Sean on Facebook, X (Twitter), LinkedIn, and their site

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