Guilt and shame can be incredibly powerful emotions. They can make us feel like we are not good enough and keep us stuck in patterns of behavior that we want to break free from. If you struggle with guilt and shame, it is time to reprogram your mindset with affirmations!
This blog post will give you 50 affirmations for guilt and shame. When you repeat these affirmations daily, you will start to undo the trauma these emotions have caused in your life.
What’s the Difference Between Guilt and Shame
Guilt is a feeling of responsibility or remorse for something you have done wrong. Shame is a feeling that you are bad or flawed as a person. (I love to read anything by Brene Brown, and she explains this concept very well.)
In essence, these are very different things, but often, the two emotions get conflated and mixed up. Here’s what you need to know: guilt can be a positive emotion if you have done something to harm someone else. Shame is never healthy or helpful.
Guilt and Shame as a Woman
As women, it’s easy to feel guilty and ashamed. We are constantly inundated with messages from society telling us that we are not good enough. We are told we need to be thinner, prettier, smarter, more successful, and the list goes on. It can be incredibly overwhelming, and it’s no wonder that so many of us struggle with these emotions.
And when we become mothers, the guilt is compounded that much more. Mom-shaming is a real thing, and it can wear on you.
How to Deal with Guilt and Shame
But we don’t have to put up with the guilt and shame. When you’re working through any guilt or shame you are experiencing, the first thing is to get clear on the feeling. Is it guilt or shame? Once you’ve determined that, you can start to work through the emotions.
For guilt, ask yourself if there is anything you can do to make amends for what you have done. If so, take action and do it. If not, forgive yourself and move on.
For shame, start by identifying the thoughts and beliefs causing you to feel this way. Once you’ve identified them, work on refuting them with positive affirmations about yourself.
50 Affirmations for Guilt and Shame
Use these affirmations daily to help reprogram your mindset and undo the damage guilt and shame have caused in your life.
- I am not my mistakes.
- I am worthy of love and respect.
- I am forgiven.
- I am not defined by my past.
- I am capable of change.
- Shame cannot control me anymore.
- I will no longer allow myself to be a victim of shame.
- I am not what people say about me.
- I am not my failure.
- I refuse to be controlled by guilt and shame.
- My worth is not defined by others.
- I define my own worth.
- Others’ opinions of me do not define me.
- What others think of me is none of my business.
- I am worthy. Period.
- I am enough.
- I love and accept myself just as I am.
- I deserve to be happy and healthy.
- I am allowed to make mistakes.
- It’s okay to not be perfect.
- I will no longer compare myself to others.
- I will no longer allow myself to be defined by society’s standards.
- I am my own person.
- I am beautiful just as I am.
- I accept myself unconditionally.
- I am worthy of love and respect, no matter what.
- I am forgiven.
- I am getting clear on my emotions.
- I am choosing to release my shame now.
- I have nothing to be ashamed of.
- I am happy with who I am!
- I am comfortable in my own skin.
- I love myself just as I am.
- I am allowed to be human.
- I am capable of change and growth.
- Shame has no power over me anymore!
- From this day forward, I choose to love and accept myself.
- I am worthy of a life full of love and happiness.
- I am strong enough to overcome anything.
- I am not my mistakes. I am learning and growing from them.
- I release my mother’s shame, and my mother’s mother’s shame.
- When I heal my shame, I help heal the shame of my ancestors.
- I let go of others’ expectations of me.
- I embrace my strengths and weaknesses.
- I breathe through this journey called life and I embrace who I am.
- I am more powerful than the guilt that tries to bind me.
- I am choosing to love myself and accept myself unconditionally.
- I am on a journey of self-discovery and self-love.
- I open myself up to love, forgiveness, and healing.
- When I forgive myself, I make room for more love in my life.