To begin building a healthier self-image, many people find it helpful to use self-affirming statements. The purpose of these statements is to remind yourself of the good qualities you possess in order to give you strength and resilience when confronted with distressing situations. This type of statement will remind you that hidden underneath your sometimes overwhelming emotions is a caring, loving person who is capable of handling a distressing situation in a healthier way.
“Even though bad things happened to me in the past, I’m still a good person.”
“Even though I’ve made mistakes in the past, I’m still a good person.”
“I’m a sensitive person who experiences the world differently.”
“I’m a sensitive person with rich emotional experiences.”
Source: DBT Skills Workbook