Recite These 5 Daily Affirmations When You're Ready To Say "I Love You,” Because It's Time

Whenever I've been ready to say “I love you” to someone in the past, I often felt like there was a war raging inside my mind. On the one hand, I felt like I wouldn't be able to hold it back and it was just going to come tumbling out of my mouth. But on the other, I was terrified to say it was because I felt like, once it's out there, there's no taking it back. It can be really scary to open up your heart and be vulnerable with someone. But if you feel the time is right, daily affirmations when you're ready to say "I love you” might be just the thing to give you the confidence boost you need to speak your truth.

You may be surprised at just how effective this method really is in helping you get over your nerves. "Affirmations (meaning statements said with confidence about a perceived truth) have helped thousands of people make significant changes in their lives," psychotherapist Dr. Ronald Alexander wrote on Psychology Today. "An affirmation can work, because it has the ability to program your mind into believing the stated concept." So, why not put that to work in a way that helps build up your confidence? If you're not sure what affirmations will help, here are some ideas for bravery-boosting affirmations to help get you started.

1. “These feelings of love are my truth and I own them."

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This affirmation is all about embracing how you feel, instead of trying to deny it and push it away because you’re afraid to be vulnerable. Owning the fact that you love someone is a great first step to being able to share those feelings with them.

2. “Being emotionally vulnerable is sign of strength.”

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Being vulnerable may make you feel weak, but actually being able to open up and share your heart with someone is true sign of strength. Yes, sharing something as powerful and intimate as romantic love will likely make you feel vulnerable, but that’s not something you have to shy away from. Instead, embrace it. After all, you can’t be brave if you don't have fear. This affirmation will help you to take pride in the fact that you have a loving heart and the strength to open it up to someone.

3. “If they aren’t ready to say it back, I will be OK.”

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Obviously, the worst-case scenario is that you spill out all your feelings, only to have them not be reciprocated. But even if that happens, you’re going to be OK in the long run. If this is the fear that is holding you back, reminding yourself that it really won't be the end of the world just might be the positive affirmation you need to move forward and speak your truth.

4. “Love is always a leap of faith.”

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Just simply giving your heart to someone is a leap of faith, and when you think about it like that, saying it is not really that much of a bigger deal. You're already out there on an emotional limb, so why not share how you feel and see what happens?

5. “I trust myself to know when the time is right.”

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Self-doubt is hard to overcome in general, and could possibly be part of why taking the step of telling someone you love them is difficult. So, an affirmation that reinforces the idea that you can trust yourself and your instincts can be very powerful in any scenario, including when you’re ready to say “I love you.”

See? Daily affirmations are not so difficult after all. Just recite these encouraging statements aloud to yourself for a few minutes each day to help prepare you to open up. Don’t worry — you’re even braver and stronger than you think. You got this.