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9 Beyoncé-Inspired Affirmations for Making Lemonade From HIV

May 11, 2016


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For people living with HIV, every day is not going to be a walk in the park. Burdened by stigma, guilt, medication, doctors' appointments and disclosure, it can be an uphill battle to even get out of bed in the morning. When you add life circumstances outside the virus, the weight of the world may seem insurmountable -- but there is hope.

The power of the affirmation is what I, and many others, use to get through the day-to-day hustle and bustle called life. Affirmations can serve as our daily reminder that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Who better than the Queen Bey herself to help us remind you in nine GIFs that you possess power and are more than this virus.

I'm Not Bossy -- I'm the Boss

Taking control of your life and surrounding yourself with the things you need does not make you bossy: It makes you the boss. When dealing with your day-to-day, remember that you are in control and have control over the virus. It is not the boss of you!

Healthful Eating, Healthy Living

It's so important that we cook healthful meals and put good nutrients into our bodies to support antiretrovirals and other treatments. Keeping the body healthy is the greatest prevention method we have and can help to ensure a long healthy life.

You're No Angel Either

When people try to shame you for being positive, be ready to remind them they are aren't angels either. Never feel that you are unworthy or less than whole because of stigma you face.

To the Left, to the Left

There is truly no room to keep any negative people or things in your circle. Just as in the Beyoncé hit, you gotta be willing to send some things to the left. Self care is the most important care when it comes to the stability of your mind, body and soul. As hard as it may be at times, you must let go of certain things to preserve yourself.

I Can't Do It By Myself

The importance of creating a support system is vital for fighting against the virus. Having cheerleaders in your corner helps you to be more confident and responsible about your mental and physical health.

I Woke Up Like This

Flawless! Having the virus is not a flaw. It is a part of who you are, but not a detriment to who you are.

Staying Fearless

Remaining confident and fearless is necessary when dealing the with virus. There are going to be days when you wish you it didn't have to be you who had to fight the fight -- but it is you. Accepting that is the first step toward becoming resilient and remaining tough enough to know that you will survive.

It's Okay to Cry

We are warriors. We take on a lot of stress and pressure but often try to bottle it in, wearing a mask to society saying everything is OK. Let me be the first to tell you that it is OK to cry. We all need to be able to release the weight that we carry, and crying is a great way to get it out. Crying is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign that you are human and feel pain just like everyone else.

'Cause You Slay

Not much needs to be said here. Always remember that you slay. In whatever it is that you do, keep a positive mindset and the world will be yours for the taking!

George M. Johnson is a writer based in the Washington, D.C., area. He has written for Huffpost,, and, and has a monthly column in A&U magazine. He is a loyal member of the Beyhive and you can follow him on Twitter @iamgmjohnson.

Copyright © 2016 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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