Affirmations for the Holiday Season

There are so many things to love about the holiday season. All of the gifts and decorations and gatherings come together for a season with a lot of love and warmth. However, when you struggle with anxiety or strained family relationships, the holiday season can feel overwhelming. To protect my mental health through the holiday season, I try to be very intentional about my daily affirmations and mindfulness routine. If you’re like me and feel the high stress of this time of year, you can try these mental health affirmations for the holiday season.

Why Affirmations?

Affirmations are mantras that help you focus your mind on what matters for the day ahead. I have always felt like affirmations help me look at the day in a different perspective and remind me of what is important. During the holidays, it’s especially important to center myself before tackling the day.

20 Affirmations for the Holiday Season

For a Super Busy Day

A holiday to-do list can be truly horrifying. From buying gifts to making cookies to posting on social media to taking family photos–it can feel like every day is jam packed with stuff to do. If I know the day ahead is unbelievably busy, I use these affirmations to remind myself that my to-do list doesn’t define me.

  1. “I have time to do what I need to do today. I don’t need to rush.”
  2. “Anything that I don’t get done will be there tomorrow.”
  3. “I know how to prioritize my tasks.”
  4. “The only thing I have to do today is take care of myself and my family.”
  5. “My worth is not tied to my productivity.”

For a Tough Family Environment

If you have complicated feelings about family, you understand how stressful the holidays can be. Whether you’re dealing with grief or painful relationships, it’s important to have reminders that are empowering and grounding. These affirmations can help center your mind before tough family gatherings.

  1. “I have love and support from __, __, and __.”
  2. “I am not defined by how my family sees me.”
  3. “It’s good to have boundaries that protect my mental health.”
  4. “I will approach today with love, compassion, and understanding.”
  5. “I am an adult. I decide what I will and will not participate in.”
  6. “It’s okay to feel grief today.”
  7. “I will breathe through uncomfortable situations.”

For Financial Strain

“Keeping up with the Joneses” mentality is at an all time high during the holiday season. I need reminders throughout this time of year that overspending won’t make me feel any better! Being mindful of my family’s budget and their real needs and wants is what matters. I use these affirmations on a day where I know I’ll be tempted to overspend.

  1. “Not all gifts cost money.”
  2. “I will prioritize my budget today.”
  3. “I am creative and intelligent and will use those skills today.”
  4. “I will avoid comparing myself to others.”
  5. “My family’s health and peace are the most important things to me.”

For Exhaustion or Fatigue

Not only are the holidays busy, but they’re also the peak of cold, flu, and virus season here in the western hemisphere. Taking care of my body every day is important, but during the holiday season, it’s critical! I use these affirmations to remind myself to take a break.

  1. “I will find time to rest today.”
  2. “I can enjoy this season without wearing myself out.”
  3. “I deserve a break. I don’t have to earn it.”


Always remember that your ability to grow, heal, and be yourself is what the people who love you truly value. More than gifts, sparkly lights, or big parties, this season is about peace and love! I hope these affirmations help you remember that during the holidays.

xoxo Fil

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