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Coping Statements for Replacing Dysfunctional Thoughts

Danica Joan June 16, 2022

A Coping Statement is a short, simple, and direct phrase validating your positive humanity as an individual; for example, “I believe in myself.” These statements work because they offer you an alternative, positive thought to replace a negative, dysfunctional thought. Several points are helpful before working with coping statements:

  • Use the most positive affirmations you can to replace old, negative dysfunctional thoughts, even if you don’t believe it yet.
  • Don’t use affirmations in the future tense because it is important for your mind to experience a new belief as if it has already occurred. For example, don’t say, “I will be able to express myself comfortably” but “I am able to express myself comfortably.”
  • Writing down or saying the affirmations out loud will produce a deeper level of knowing and believing than reading them to yourself.
  • Repetition will also allow you to believe in a deeper way.

Here are some useful coping statements:

  • I am a worthwhile, deserving person

  • I am worthy of love

  • I love and accept myself.

  • I am safe and always feel protected.

  • I am unique and loving, loved and free.

  • I am acceptable just because I’m a human being.

  • I am healthy in all aspects of my being.

  • Only I decide what success means to me.

  • I accept my feelings and manage them effectively.

  • I alone am responsible for my choices.

  • I am successful in many ways.

  • I have the power to forgive myself for past mistakes.

  • I can set my own boundaries.

  • I deserve support, and it’s perfectly all right to ask for it.

  • I am filled with energy to do all the daily activities of my life.

  • I am at peace with all those around me.

  • I express anger in appropriate ways.

  • I am free to be myself.

  • I am responsible for my life.

  • I am at one with myself.

  • I can trust my perceptions.

  • I overcome obstacle to reach my goals.

  • Each mistake I make is an opportunity to learn.

  • My future begins now.