Positive Affirmations for When You Are in a Bad Mood

Positive Affirmations

January 9, 2024

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Using Positive Affirmations When You’re in a Bad Mood

Looking for some positive affirmations for when you are in a bad mood? Look no further.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely because you’re in the middle of one of THOSE days where everything seems to go wrong!

We’ve all been there. So, in this short post, I’ll cover some tips for discovering the magic words that can turn your gloomy day around. Ready to banish that bad mood? Keep reading!

Using Positive Affirmations When You're in a Bad Mood
Positive affirmations are positive statements that help you overcome negative thought patterns that make you doubt yourself.

What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are positive statements that help you overcome negative thought patterns that make you doubt yourself.

The result is that positive affirmations can boost your self-esteem and give you the confidence to make positive changes. 

The great thing about the brain is it cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy, and it works in pictures. The visual nature of your brain creates an opportunity if you know how to use tools such as positive affirmations, visualizations and manifesting.

In fact, did you know that the human brain processes images 60,000x faster than text?

Based on that fact, you can see why visualizing might be more helpful than simply repeating word-based mantras or affirmations. So try to combine the positive affirmation that you say to yourself with positive imagery in your mind to make the practice 60,000x more powerful! (+)

What’s the best way to use affirmations to change my mood?

When you are in a bad mood, the first thing you need to do is act like your own best friend. 

Acknowledging you feel bad doesn’t mean you aren’t good; it means you are human. It is essential to separate yourself from your bad mood because by doing this, you stop judging yourself and start being compassionate and curious about your feelings.  

When I am in a bad mood, I catch myself being judgemental, saying things to myself like, “How can I be in a bad mood when I am usually so positive? When I have so much to be grateful for? What is wrong with me?” 

I have now learned to switch gears and think of what I would say to a good friend.

I would be compassionate and might say, “You are allowed to feel the way you feel and remember, nobody is perfect. The bad mood will pass, and some days are more challenging.” 

Remind yourself that a considerable part of life is about learning and growing. It is about being present, acknowledging these moods, and recognizing you have been here before, and it will pass. 

After acknowledging and comforting yourself, you can more easily get into the feeling of saying a positive affirmation. Thinking of what you would tell a friend in this situation can help you get started with what you need to hear.

To get you started, below are some helpful affirmations:


  • I am allowed to feel this way right now, and I know it will pass
  • I am not my feelings 
  • Somedays are more challenging than others
  • It is okay not to be perfect


  • I am strong and can endure this
  • I am okay
  • I am alive 
  • I can do hard things
  • This will pass


  • I am grateful to learn through emotions
  • I am happy and thankful for everything I have
  • I am open to finding the “gift in sandpaper” of this experience 
  • I am open to receiving an abundance from life
  • I appreciate the small steps I take each day 


  • I am unique and an important part of this world
  • I am courageous
  • You can do this
  • I can achieve anything I set my mind to
  • I choose my life
  • Life is an opportunity to grow
What's the best way to use affirmations to change my mood?
I am open to finding the “gift in sandpaper” of this experience 

How can affirmations help when I’m in a bad mood?

Affirmations help by changing your energy and mindset so that you’re not repeating negative words and spiralling into despair.

It’s not uncommon to start out feeling a tiny bit bad and then talking yourself into a dark hole. Here’s how to avoid that!

Technique for using affirmations to change your mood:

  • First, acknowledge how you are feeling and that you aren’t your feelings.
  • Then, choose to be curious if you can look at your situation differently.   
  • Write out a positive affirmation that relates to your current situation. 
  • Finally, you need to repeat this affirmation and get into the feeling of having achieved this. 

If you are in a bad mood or feeling hopeless, the following process will help: 

Acknowledge you are feeling hopeless. Remember, you don’t want to say I am hopeless, but I am feeling hopeless. 

Choose to be curious if you could look at it differently. Everyone has down days and may not be their best. 

Can you imagine situations where you are good, strong, or confident? 

What things, even small things, are you good at? 

In these moments, you may be so down you can’t think of anything but one positive thing like “I made breakfast.” That’s OK.

This is a positive step. Repeat this positive statement and remind yourself that you can handle this and aren’t alone. 

How can affirmations help when I'm in a bad mood?
Acknowledge you are feeling hopeless. Remember, you don’t want to say I am hopeless, but I am feeling hopeless. 

Can affirmations change my feelings, or are they just a distraction?

If you are wondering whether affirmations change your feelings or if they are just a distraction, the answer is yes to both! 

Let me explain. 

Affirmations can change your feelings, or they can just be a distraction. 

An affirmation isn’t a magic wand where you say a statement and poof, your life changes. However, your brain IS like a magic wand, and affirmations train it to work for you. 

Remember when I said that the brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and fantasy? 

So when you tell your brain, “I am grateful for my life,” your subconscious starts looking for more things to be grateful for. You start seeing things differently, and your actions create reactions. 

Your energy and presence in the world are different, and it has a ripple effect.

 When you show up differently in the world, even when you are just doing your ordinary routine, people around you shift and respond to you differently. 

How often should I repeat affirmations for the best effect?

Affirmations are best when repeated several times daily, but this is personal to everyone. 

Using affirmations is a tool that takes practice to become part of your routine. So if it only works for you to fit it twice a day, once in the morning and before bed, then start with this. You can build on this, and when you get into negative thoughts during the day, use a positive affirmation.

Remember to create change and a new habit you want to practice. 

Using affirmations, visualization, and meditation can make exponential changes. The most important thing is just to start with what works for you. If it seems too hard to fit in, you won’t do it, so begin and commit to what you know you will do. 

How often should I repeat affirmations for the best effect?
The most important thing is just to start with what works for you.

Do I need to believe in the affirmations for them to work?

Yes, you need to believe in the affirmations you say for them to work. 

So, start with something realistic and easy for you to believe. Think of it as creating a new weight training program; start with small weights, knowing you will tackle more significant goals as you get stronger.  

Final Thoughts

If intense negative feelings come up for you with an affirmation, write down the feeling and label it as a limiting belief. 

I have written other articles on how to release these limiting beliefs and deal with money blocks. You can find some of these posts linked below in the related articles section.

Just remember: anything is possible because your brain is the magic tool! 

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About the Author

TIFFANY WOODFIELD is a financial coach, cross-border expert, and entrepreneur based out of Kelowna, BC. As a TEP and associate portfolio manager, Tiffany has extensive experience working with successful professionals who want to leave a legacy and enjoy an adventurous, work-optional lifestyle. Tiffany combines extensive knowledge from her background as a financial professional with coaching and her passion for personal development to help her clients create a unique path that allows them to live their fullest potential. Tiffany has been a regular contributor to Bloomberg TV and has been interviewed by national and international publications, including the Globe and Mail and Barron’s.