If you ready my last post, you know that I am currently dealing with a lot of changes in my life. As someone with anxiety, I do not often react well to change. It has been a struggle that I have been dealing with my whole life, and I am getting a little better day by day.
Prior to all of this happening, I started the journey to self love, and have been working to implement affirmations in my life each day. You can learn about affirmations in detail here, but essentially, affirmations are statements of encouragement. The concept is that simple! My first affirmation journey was based around self-affirmations, which are basically statements of self love. I have been doing pretty good with this journey-writing down my affirmations and reminding myself every day.
With all of the craziness surrounding my recent circumstances, I have been focusing on affirmations to reduce anxiety and calm stress. These are more along the lines of statements of self assurance, rather than statements of self love and acceptance.
Here are a ten affirmations that I have found most useful and inspiring for calming anxiety and reducing stress.
I have been through obstacles before, and I have come out strong.
Anxiety will cause you to forget logic and forget what you know, and remember only the situation at hand. I get it. For this reason, this is, perhaps, one of the most important affirmations to remember. Thinking back on past obstacles and remembering your feelings can often help you relate to a present one. For example, if you have anxiety about starting a new job, try to remember how you felt the last time you started something new. Were the feelings similar, and how do you feel now? Odds are, you probably feel pretty comfortable with your job now. You are likely to feel the same way about this new job in the future.
While this change may be permanent, this feeling is only temporary.
When you have anxiety, change, both good and bad, of any kind can be hard. However, change that is permanent, or change that has permanently lasting effects, can often be the hardest. Even though a change may alter aspects of your life forever, the feelings that you have about it are merely temporary. Remember this affirmation when you are feeling strong, negative emotions about a change in your life.
Tomorrow is a new day.
Remember this affirmation when you are having a particularly bad or stressful day. It is good to imagine each day as a new, blank slate, with the possibility to accomplish anything that you want to. Making to-do lists are great, and they can be very useful in terms of organization, but try to make it a point to create your to-do list each day, instead of creating one for days, even weeks, at a time. This gives you the opportunity to organize your day based on what you want to accomplish on a daily basis. Thinking about what NEEDS to be done tomorrow only creates stress and anxiety. Thinking about what you WANT to get done can create a sense of comfort.
I cannot change what I cannot control- and that is okay.
This one is tough for me, because I am a bit of a control freak. Okay, more than a bit. I am a super control freak. That being said, when things happen that are out of my control, my anxiety usually skyrockets, and my life starts to feel like it is out of my control. This affirmation is important for anyone who may feel the same way. You quite literally cannot change things that are out of your control. This could range from situations, like a busy day at work, to the actions of others, such as a rude client or customer. In this situation, you should also remember the next affirmation.
I cannot control Situations, only how I react to them.
This affirmation goes hand in hand with the previous. Once you accept that you cannot change situations you cannot control, you must realize that you CAN control the way you react to them. Your reaction to a situation can make or break the outcome of your day and your attitude. In this case, you should also remember the next affirmation.
I choose to react positively to negative situations.
This is an empowering, as well as a healing affirmation, because you are essentially telling yourself that you are in control, and that you choose to do what is best for you.
I trust in something bigger than myself.
Whether you are religious and trust in a god, or you are non-religious and trust in the power of positive vibes and the Universe, it can be comforting to remind yourself that you have a trust in something bigger than yourself.
There are people who love me and care about how I am feeling.
When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it is easy to feel like the world is closing in on you and that no one is really noticing. This is especially true when you have anxiety. Taking the time to remember the people who care about you and how you are feeling is a great remedy for this feeling. Feeling like you are cared for and loved makes any burden more bearable.
There are no wrong decisions to be made.
This is a good affirmation to remember if you are feeling overwhelmed by decisions. No matter what you choose, there is no wrong decision. The outcome, no matter the decision, will be a learning experience.
I choose to live in the present moment.
I know that this is easier said than done, especially for people with anxiety. Thinking about tomorrow will not change tomorrow, it will only hinder today. Living in the present moment is a great stress reliever and anxiety reducer. Why do you think dogs are so happy all the time? They live in the moment- one moment at a time! So, think like a dog. Love the moment you are in, without worrying about what is next. This affirmation is great to remember if you are feeling anxious about an upcoming event.
What affirmations do you use when you are feeling stressed or anxious? Do you have any coping methods?
Until Next Time,