Living with vitiligo takes mental strength. At any moment, a rude comment, staring eyes or even your own negative thoughts can tear you down and send your day into a downward spiral. It’s easy to come face-to-face with anxiety, negative self-talk and depression. When this happens, its up to you to pull yourself back up and find your courage again.
To help you face that moment, we’ve created a list of positive self-affirmations to remind you of just how strong you are.
#1 I am more than the skin I’m in.
#2 I am strong enough to live with vitiligo because I already have.
#3 I choose happiness.
#4 I choose how to react to others.
#5 I am taking steps towards loving myself.
#6 I am allowed to struggle with vitiligo.
#7 I am worthy of self-love.
#8 Today is a good day because I choose to believe it.
#9 I will be hopeful of what tomorrow brings.
#10 I have the courage to smile at those that stare.
#11 I forgive those who stare, point, judge or bully me.
#12 I am tough.
#13 I control the thoughts in my head.
#14 I am allowed to have bad days – because tomorrow will be a better one.
#15 I can do this.
#16 Living with vitiligo is a chance to grow as a person.
#17 I have value and identity in things beyond my skin.
#18 I choose to turn my pain into purpose.
#19 I have the confidence to send good vibes into the world.
#20 I can live the life I want today.
#21 I am fearless.
#22 My vitiligo grounds me and helps me realize what is truly important in life.
#23 I turn my challenges into triumphs.
#24 I am strong enough.
#25 My life is up to me.
#26 My journey with vitiligo is a story of strength.
#27 I have the power to create change for the vitiligo community.
#28 I love who I am.
#29 I appreciate the journey I’m on.
#30 I will surround myself with people who bring positivity into my life.
#31 I will let positive thoughts influence my mind and actions.
#32 I can face tomorrow, no matter how my skin changes.
#33 I have the power to choose my next step.
#34 I deserve to be loved.
#35 I will lean into the things I love.
#36 I have a beauty that is more than skin-deep.
#37 I have courage and strength.
#38 I can find beauty in others.
#39 I can smile at my reflection.
#40 I am making the right decisions for myself as I deal with vitiligo.
#41 My skin is flawless.
#42 Every day is a step towards a better me.
#43 My skin makes me a stronger person.
#44 I create positivity in my life.
#45 I am bold, brilliant and beautiful.
#46 There is no one definition of beauty.
#47 I can use this challenge to show the world what I’m made of.
#48 I belong to a community of others with vitiligo that support me.
#49 I have the choice to believe what people say to me.
#50 I am stronger than the stares.
It’s your turn. Which self-affirmation is your favorite? What would you add to this list?
Erika Page is the Founder and Editor of Living Dappled. After getting vitiligo at the age of seven, she lost 100% of her pigment to the condition and today lives with universal vitiligo.