Mantras and Affirmations for Stress

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When you are trying to reduce your stress, there are many methods you might want to try out. This includes having healthier habits, eating right, exercising, finding out what your stressors are, and many other options. Another great idea is to use mantras or affirmations each day for stress, which can be used in a variety of different ways.

 

Affirmations and mantras are very similar to each other. Mantras are more about sacred phrases that have been used for a long time, while affirmations are more for inspiration and motivation. Both can be used for the purpose of helping you to reduce stress and maintain positivity throughout your life.

 

Why Use Mantras and Affirmations?

First of all, it helps to understand exactly why mantras and affirmations help for your stress. Affirmations can be used for so many things in your life, from encouraging more positive thinking, getting more intention for what you do each day, becoming healthier inside and out, and yes, reducing stress and anxiety. This is really only the beginning of what affirmations and mantras can actually do for you.

 

Here are some reasons using mantras and affirmations can help with your stress:

 

They help you manage specific stressful situations

If your stress isn’t just generalized, chronic stress, but from specific things in your life, you need a good way to deal with it. You can start by managing these stressful situations with mantras. You will choose positive statements that allow you to understand you can deal with the situation without letting it get to you.

 

You get more confidence in moving forward 

Everyone needs a little more confidence, especially people who are dealing with large amounts of stress. Stress can have a snowball effect in your life. It starts to make you feel worse, not just in your situation, but about yourself. You might need a little boost of confidence in order to regain your life back after something traumatic or life-changing has happened.

 

They can put you into a calm state 

Many affirmations specifically for stress are created to relax you and put you into a calm state. These are the ones to use when you need to calm down from a mental breakdown episode or panic attack related to your stress.

 

The positive thinking helps in every area of your life 

Also don’t forget that all affirmations promote positive thinking. This might not seem like a big deal, but if you are someone with a lot of stress and anxiety, it is an amazing added benefit.

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How to Use Them

Affirmations are really easy to use, with many different options available to you. How you use them will depend on your lifestyle, habits, and when you need them the most. Some ideas include:

 

Writing them down in a journal or planner 

A super easy way to use affirmations each day is by writing them down in a journal or planner. This is great if you want to remember them, be in a calm state while journaling, or when you just want a convenient place for recording different ones you have come up with.

 

You can have one section dedicated to your affirmations, or write down a different one for each day’s journal entry, depending on what you need to work on that day.

 

Using different ones each day

You can definitely choose a different mantra each day if you prefer that to having the standards that you repeat to yourself as needed. Sometimes, the stress in your life is about a specific issue, so then you might need a different type of affirmation to get you into that calm state you need.

 

Having your go-to affirmations in a convenient place

Another way to use them, especially if you have a handful of mantras that really help you each day, is to put them in a place where you will see them regularly. This might be on the refrigerator door, inside a cabinet you open every day, or on your bathroom mirror.

 

You can also choose other ways to use affirmations based on your lifestyle, such as having some that you use during a daily meditation and mindful practice, or during your self-care routines.

 

Guidelines for Choosing the Best Ones

Not sure how to choose your affirmations? There are a few guidelines that can help you choose the right one.

 

How does it make you feel?

When looking through affirmations and mantras, consider how it makes you feel. Not just while reading it, but when you say it out loud. Are you relaxed and calm? Do you feel positive? Or did it increase your stress, causing you to focus more on it?

 

What are you using the affirmation for?

Another guideline is deciding what the affirmation will be used for. For example, an affirmation that is used daily that you put on your bathroom mirror is often different than a specific affirmation you write down in your journal.

 

Is it calming and positive?

You really want your stress-related affirmations to be calming, relaxing, and positive.

 

Ideas for Stress-Relieving Affirmations

Here are some stress-relieving affirmations and mantras you can start with. These give you a good idea of what the statements might be like, whether you choose from this list or create your own:

 

I am at peace.

 

I will remain calm today.

 

This is temporary.

 

Exhaling allows me to release the stress.

 

My body is at peace.

 

I feel loved and complete.

 

Today, I will let go of my worries.

 

I am able to relieve stress and tension from my body.

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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because I wanted to share some lifestyle-based strategies to improve your overall mindset and mental health, which in turn improves your life. You must do the internal work to improve your overall health. You can do this by learning what motivates you and working each day on improving your mindset. Your thoughts control your feelings, which controls your behavior. You can cultivate certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.

 

If you are familiar with my approach, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle modifications, such as stress reduction and mindfulness exercises, can help you feel better about yourself and your life. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy.

 

Tools For Motivation And Mindset

Meditating

Although you don’t need a cushion to meditate, you may want to consider using one at some point.  You could meditate in a chair, or simply sit on the floor if you want. You can also use pillows or cushions from your furnishings to try out. Cushion, chair, bench, floor – it’s all good. Eventually, though, if you’re not sitting upright on a chair, you’ll probably do well to buy a dedicated meditation cushion. The cushion will support your sitting posture and help you create an appealing mindfulness corner that will encourage you to practice every day. I recommend this meditation cushion and mat bundle.

 

Journaling

If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can be a great idea. Even if you don’t have these conditions, journaling can enhance your life in many ways. Having difficulty processing your thoughts and emotions? Journaling can help clear that mental clutter and move towards a positive mindset. Research suggests that keeping a journal can have positive impacts on both mental and physical health. So, to start you on your journey, I recommend this self care journal.

 

Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, meditation and mindfulness, as well as healthy and supportive relationships are the best ways to support mental health. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

Stay healthy,

 

Dr. Nicolle

 

PS. I am always asked what tools and resources I recommend to help you reach YOUR health goals. Here is the ever-growing, always updated list for you.

 

PPS. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe stress, anxiety, depression and/or other mental health issues, please contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

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