Songwriting and poetry are both excellent ways to express yourself. If you like to write songs, lyrics, or poetry, or if you’ve always wanted to give it a try, this post is for you! 

This video from Missouri Show Me Hope explains the process for writing a song with I statements, perfect for teens, tweens, or anyone looking to express their thoughts on paper or through music. 

This song will use these statements: 

I am ______

I am getting better at _______

I am worthy of _______

Today I choose _________

Although songwriting or poetry may seem like a big task, it’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to complete this song. Take your time and enjoy the writing process. You may do your best work over days or weeks, or you could do it in one sitting. 

If you’re wondering how to put music to your words, look no further. We’ve provided you with a backing track here.

We’ve also listed a blank song template here

This songwriting activity is a great reflective practice with several opportunities for self affirmation. Think about your song, write it, complete it, and sing it with the backing track. You could even record yourself, share your recording or your lyrics with a loved one, or post it on your mirror or in a place where you can see it so that you can continue to remember your self affirmations. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing stress due to the pandemic, call or text Show Me Hope for 24/7 anonymous crisis counseling. We’re here to listen. 

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