45 Inner Child Affirmations for Healing Childhood Wounds

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What we experience in childhood shapes our beliefs, behaviours and emotions throughout the rest of our lives – even if we’re not always aware of it.

For many of us, this isn’t always positive. If we experience deep wounds in our younger years, these can stay with us through adulthood, affecting our self-esteem, relationships and mental wellbeing.

And this doesn’t have to be extreme childhood trauma, either. Anything that our younger self experienced as negative can stay with us, even if we think it’s “NBD” now.

This isn’t a life sentence though! You can heal these wounds and their impact by acknowledging and nurturing your inner child – the vulnerable and authentic part of you that holds onto those experiences.

One powerful tool for assisting this healing process is inner child affirmations.

45 inner child affirmations to heal childhood wounds

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How Positive Affirmations Can Heal Your Inner Child

Inner child affirmations have been a part of my own journey working through childhood trauma, and targeting the stubborn beliefs that have stayed with me.

It’s not uncommon to have negative beliefs about yourself, even if you didn’t go through anything extreme. However, there’s no doubt that adverse experiences like emotional neglect or physical abuse can have deeper effects.

Common beliefs that stem from a difficult childhood can include feeling unworthy of love, feeling undeserving of success or harbouring a sense of shame or guilt.

The idea of positive affirmations is that they serve as antidotes to these beliefs, replacing them with positive statements that affirm our worthiness, our value, and our right to a fulfilling life of love and happiness.

When repeated consistently, they can help to reprogram our subconscious mind and challenge the negative thought patterns and beliefs that have been running the show for many years.

But specifically in the context of inner child work, they address the wounded parts of ourselves, offering the reassurance, validation, and love that was most likely lacking in the formative years. This can have a huge impact!

By incorporating affirmations into your daily routine, you can gradually shift your internal dialogue from one of self-doubt and criticism to one of self-compassion and empowerment.

father with son on shoulders, "mini me" representing inner child

45 Inner Child Affirmations for Healing

Have a read through these inner child affirmations and pay attention to how you feel in your body in response.

There will most likely be a subtle shift that tells you your inner child has been waiting to hear certain words. (It’s not uncommon for me to burst into tears when I find the right words to comfort my inner child!)

When you find an affirmation that lands, try to spend some time with it. You will experience greater healing this way.

  1. I am worthy of love and belonging, just as I am.
  2. I forgive myself for any mistakes I made as a child.
  3. I release the pain of my past and embrace a new life.
  4. I honour the emotional needs of my inner child.
  5. I am safe, loved, and protected at all times.
  6. I trust myself to meet my own needs with kindness and compassion.
  7. I choose to let go of childhood judgments and embrace my authentic self.
  8. I am capable of healing my inner child’s wounds with patience and love.
  9. I release the burden of carrying past experiences into my present.
  10. I deserve happiness, joy, and fulfilment in every aspect of my life.
  11. I am resilient and capable of overcoming any challenge that comes my way.
  12. I celebrate the uniqueness of my inner child and embrace them wholeheartedly.
  13. I am not defined by my past; I create my own future.
  14. I deserve to set boundaries that honour my inner child’s needs.
  15. I let go of anger and resentment towards those who hurt me in the past.
  16. I am deserving of love and respect in all my relationships.
  17. I trust in my ability to heal and grow, one step at a time.
  18. I release negative energy from my body, mind, and spirit.
  19. I am deserving of success and abundance in all areas of my life.
  20. I give myself permission to feel and express my emotions authentically.
"I honour the emotional needs of my inner child." inner child affirmation
  1. I am surrounded by love and support.
  2. I am whole and complete, just as I am.
  3. I am deserving of kindness and compassion from myself and others.
  4. I release the need to seek validation from external sources.
  5. I am capable of nurturing my inner child with love and tenderness.
  6. I trust in the wisdom of my inner child to guide me towards healing.
  7. I let go of shame and guilt from past experiences, embracing forgiveness and self-love.
  8. I am deserving of rest, relaxation, and self-care.
  9. I release the weight of carrying others’ expectations and embrace my own needs.
  10. I trust in the process of healing and growth, knowing that I am supported every step of the way.
  11. I am capable of transforming negative beliefs into positive affirmations.
  12. I honour the resilience and strength of my inner child.
  13. I release the need to control every aspect of my life, embracing surrender and acceptance.
  14. I trust in the divine timing of my healing journey, knowing that everything unfolds in perfect harmony.
  15. I am deserving of happiness, fulfilment, and love in all areas of my life.
  16. I am capable of setting healthy boundaries that protect my inner child’s needs.
  17. I release the grip of fear and doubt, embracing courage and confidence.
  18. I trust in my ability to ground and centre myself in moments of stress.
  19. I am deserving of success and abundance, both now and in the future.
  20. I release the need to seek external validation, finding validation from within.
  21. I am capable of reshaping my inner dialogue to reflect love, kindness, and positivity.
  22. I honour the wisdom and resilience of my inner child, knowing that it holds the key to my healing.
  23. I release the need to seek approval from others, embracing self-acceptance and self-love.
  24. I am deserving of love, respect, and kindness from myself and others.
  25. I trust in the process of healing and growth, knowing that I am worthy of a life filled with love, joy, and abundance.
healing your inner child: inner child affirmations list

Healing your inner child is a journey of self-compassion, and it can take time for your more vulnerable parts to build trust in your adult self.

By incorporating positive affirmations into your daily routine, you can nurture and heal the wounded parts of yourself, offering love, validation, and acceptance that they may have been missing in your formative years.

As these parts gain our trust and we begin to reprogram our subconscious beliefs and thought patterns, we open the door for a life with more self-love, authenticity, and empowerment.

But remember, this isn’t a quick fix and it’s not always easy. Patience and consistency are key to inner child work. But your inner child will thank you for showing up and putting in the work!

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Esther is the founder of Through the Phases, a wellbeing and healthy lifestyle blog dedicated to sharing mind/body/soul practices for self-exploration, healing, and fulfilment. She has a degree in Psychology, is yoga teacher trained (200hr), and is currently pursuing a Neuroscience MSc to further study the mind-body connection. Read more about her story here.

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