Do you ever start your day with good intentions to take breaks, listen to a self-development podcast, and meditate — only to blink and see that it's 7 PM already? You're not alone. That's why I'm always looking for simple, handy apps that'll nudge me to step out of stress and into a more positive mindset throughout the day.
I Am is a good option if you like positive vibes and find they give you a boost when you find one that resonates and repeat it to yourself, whisper it, or just write it in a notebook. This iPhone app sends you a daily affirmation as a notification, making you more likely to pay attention to it.
I find positive affirmations work best for me when they're specific, and the I Am app allows you to choose from different topics so you're most likely to be sent one that feels personalized to you. When you discover one you like, this can also be shared to pass on the peace.
This app also looks good, giving you plenty of options to find your favorite soothing backgrounds, which can then be applied to all future affirmations. Think of the I Am app as your little safe space when the stress is mounting.
How do daily affirmations work?
Affirmations are any sort of positive statements about you, your life, and the world around you that resonate with you. For example, a simple affirmation might be: "I am safe and loved." This affirms feelings of safety, love, and groundedness.
Affirmations like these are used as a self-development tool and many people report feeling more confident, motivated, and happy about the future when they look at, repeat, or write down these affirmations regularly.
Although not everyone reports such positive effects, they can be a simple way to shift your focus away from negative thoughts and repeating, unhelpful patterns towards much more helpful, healthy, and happy ones.
An app like I Am, which prompts you with an affirmation, is a particularly good idea. I've had days in which I've set a solid intention to pick an affirmation around lunchtime and meditate on it in the afternoon, but then the stresses of the day will completely derail me. I Am takes out the hard work, serving up a fresh affirmation when you need it the most.
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Becca Caddy is a contributor to iMore, as well as a freelance journalist and author. She’s been writing about consumer tech and popular science for more than a decade, covering all kinds of topics, including why robots have eyes and whether we’ll experience the overview effect one day. She’s particularly interested in VR/AR, wearables, digital health, space tech and chatting to experts and academics about the future. She’s contributed to TechRadar, T3, Wired, New Scientist, The Guardian, Inverse and many more. Her first book, Screen Time, came out in January 2021 with Bonnier Books. She loves science-fiction, brutalist architecture, and spending too much time floating through space in virtual reality. Last time she checked, she still holds a Guinness World Record alongside iMore Editor in Chief Gerald Lynch for playing the largest game of Tetris ever made, too.