A few years ago, I started a spiritual journey. As I became more consciously awake, I realized the importance of practicing mindfulness every day. I soon realized how many negative thoughts I was having about myself. I soon learned the power of self-suggestion, and how to create positive affirmations for anxiety and stress.

What Is an Affirmation?

Affirmations are short statements that “affirm” something true about yourself or your life.

You are using affirmations every day whether your aware of it or not. From the things you say aloud to the thoughts in our head, these all contribute to your self-esteem and ultimately will change your beliefs in the subconscious mind.

We have thousands upon thousands of thoughts each day. When people live without conscious awareness of these thoughts, they run on autopilot. As a result, your thoughts and feelings can be tainted with negative self-talk.

Negative self-talk occurs when you complain, self-loath, pose self-doubt or talk down to yourself. It is a natural response that occurs as we socially and emotionally reason with life. But it can take a huge toll on your mental and emotional wellness.

The good news is, we can fix by using positive affirmations for anxiety and stress!

Mindfulness is the key!

A non-mindful person will usually seek external blame for their problems. They will allow their thoughts, feelings, and emotions to run on autopilot, which will create limiting beliefs about themselves and their abilities. As a result, they will react poorly to highly stressful and emotional situations.

Mindfulness systems such as positive affirmations can help people live a healthier, happier life.

30 Positive Affirmations for Anxiety and Stress to Say Every Day

Affirmations for Anxiety and Stress

Below is a list of 30 positive affirmations you can use when you are experiencing stress and anxiety.

  • I am in charge of how I feel today.
  • I let go of all emotions that do not serve me.
  • The past does not define me.
  • I surround myself with positive people who bring out the best in me.
  • I am allowed to make mistakes; it’s how I learn.
  • Being afraid or worried does not serve me.
  • I release my feelings of anxiety.
  • I accept that which I have do not have control over.
  • By feeling positive and hopeful, I will attract more of these positive emotions.
  • I choose to fill my mind with positive, nurturing thoughts.
  • I take deep breaths when I feel overwhelmed.
  • Being calm and centered is one of my top priorities in life.
  • I am releasing all negative emotions from my body.
  • I only let positive vibes into my circle.
  • As my thoughts slow down, my body feels relaxed.
  • I easily release tension when I am feeling stressed out.
  • I am free of stress and tension.
  • At this moment, I chose to be calm and peaceful.
  • I am enjoying this feeling of vitality, calm, and peace.
  • There is no obstacle that I cannot overcome.
  • I am a strong person.
  • I have compassion for people who are overwhelmed.
  • My fears of tomorrow are melting away.
  • I am at peace with what is happening and what will happen.
  • I like to focus on breathing and grounding myself.
  • When I feel stressed, I focus on the good in my life.
  • I am a balanced and peaceful person.
  • I breathe out stress and worry with every exhale.
  • Beautiful things emerge from the most unlikely of places.
  • I only focus on present thoughts & feelings.

5 Tips on Using Positive Affirmations

After I provided this long list of positive affirmations for anxiety and stress, let’s talk about the best practices in using them.

1. Find a quiet place.

Whether you are at work or at home, get up, and find a quiet, relaxing place where you can be alone.

2. Relax your shoulders and lengthen your neck.

Finding the right posture in your body can help you be more confident and convincing with your affirmations.

3. Take a few deep breaths in and out.

Breathing deeply is known to relax your body and mind. Focusing on your breathing just before using affirmation will help you become more focused and open to receiving the affirmations.

4. Recite the affirmation aloud or write them down.

The most powerful way to use affirmations is aloud in front of a mirror! But just saying them aloud, or even writing them down will be powerful too.

5. Repeat!

Use the affirmations at least 3-5 times per sitting and do it twice a day!

Other Tips

Be proactive.

Using affirmations for anxiety and stress can be extremely helpful to your mental health. But using them when you are at peace can have an even stronger impact. That is why I always use affirmations before my day even begins.

Say them with conviction.

You must believe in the affirmations when you say them. The feelings and emotions associated with your affirmations are what will have the biggest impact on your subconscious mind.

Say them in the present tense.

When using affirmations, do not say “I WILL BE MORE RELAXED”, rather say “I AM MORE RELAXED”. Putting it in the present tense will help your affirmations be more meaningful.

Be consistent.

I use affirmations religiously every day. Creating a daily ritual with your affirmations will allow you to be more consistent, thus magnifying its effects. Write your own affirmations. Take time to write down the negative thoughts or affirmations.

Summary

Affirmations for Anxiety

Affirmations are a form of mindful meditation.

When used regularly, affirmations can be a powerful tool that not only reduces stress and anxiety but helps you to reprogram your mind in a positive way.

I am excited to be a part of your journey and encourage you to use these affirmations daily if you struggle with stress and anxiety. But the most powerful affirmations are those in which you create yourself.

Every time you have a negative thought or feeling, write it down! Then re-write it as a positive affirmation! Even if it is not how you are feeling in the present moment, write it as if you are where you want to be in life. Now say it aloud 3 times per day!

The power of the mind belongs to you. Whether you choose to exercise it or not, this power will always remain in your hands. Use these affirmations for anxiety in the morning and any time you are feeling stressed throughout the day. You may be surprised to where it leads you.

Alicia Seibel, B.A.

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