When you’re feeling anxious, it’s crucial to speak kindly to yourself. Fighting negative thoughts isn’t easy if you’re dealing with the effects of a bad anxiety day. In those moments, you may feel like you’re your own worst critic. Reciting positive affirmations for anxiety is a great way to shift your mindset so you can move forward.
You want to keep affirmations short, simple, and in the present tense. For example, maybe you’re experiencing the start of a panic attack. You can recite things like, “In this moment, I feel grounded,” or “with each breath I take, I feel calmer.” Think of these statements as helpful tools to combat your fears in times of stress.
I notice that keeping an affirmation log in my journal helps a lot with my stress levels. I like to write down positive thoughts and sayings in my journal before the day ends.
They are also super useful during moments of panic. The other day, I felt a panic attack coming on in the middle of the night. Before my anxiety levels got too bad, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and said, “I am calm,” over and over again.
Keeping the statement simple was important in that moment. Even though my brain was a bit foggy, I was still able to concentrate on my breath and repeat the words. Slowly but surely, I felt better.
Don’t let negative self talk steal your happiness. Here are 35 daily affirmations to help ease anxiety and restore your inner peace & tranquility! 💛
35 Positive Affirmations for Anxiety
1. My feelings and thoughts are valid.
You have the right to your feelings and it’s perfectly healthy to express them.
Anxiety comes with very real symptoms, which aren’t “all in your head.” Acknowledge your thoughts so that you can better understand your fears. Write them down or reach out to someone you trust. Also, remember to talk to your doctor if you feel that self-care isn’t enough!
2. Today, I am looking after my body, mind, and soul first.
Sometimes, we all just need to take a step back and show ourselves a little TLC. Self care looks different for everyone. It can be writing, eating plenty of fruits and veggies, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee in peace!
3. I will talk to myself as though I’m speaking to a loved one.
Inspired by one of my favorite quotes! We should always talk to ourselves as though we were talking to our closest friend. 💗
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”- Brene Brown
4. I am a beautiful person, inside and out.
5. I trust myself.
6. It’s okay to say no for the sake of my mental health
7. When I breathe in, then exhale slowly and steadily, I am letting go of my stress.
Breathing exercises are effective when you’re struggling with anxiety. Consider reading up on different methods and try incorporating them throughout your daily routine to help with stress relief.
8. The panic I feel is only temporary.
9. I will smile, breathe, and go slowly.
During times of high stress, it can be difficult to slow things down. This quote by Thich Nhat Hanh always helps me remember to take a breath —
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
10. I am doing the best that I can and will continue to grow.
It’s easy to preoccupy ourselves with what’s on our to-do lists, but we should celebrate our own growth, talents, and strengths. If you haven’t heard this yet today, you’re doing great!
11. Everything is going to be alright.
12. I feel centered and grounded.
Inspired by Nanea Hoffman’s lovely quote —
“It’s always worth it to take a moment to acknowledge your difficulties, to find little pieces of gratitude, and to make your way back to your center.”- Nanea Hoffman
13. I will focus on today — one hour at a time, one thing at a time.
14. Self care is important because I deserve to be happy and content.
15. I am strong and will get through the cloudiest of days.
16. I am loved.
Anxiety often times makes you feel unlovable, but that just isn’t true. There are people who care about you, want to see you happy, and support your goals.
17. Even if I’m having a hard day so far, I can still make the most of it.
A few days ago, I locked myself out, accidentally wore a see-through shirt over a polka dot bra, and spilled tea everywhere at Starbucks. Later that day, I still managed to have a good time and laughed a lot.
18. I give myself permission to take a mental health day to recharge.
19. As time goes on, I will continue healing from past hardships.
20. I don’t have to prove myself to anyone because I am enough.
Such a memorable statement from Maya Angelou! Anxiety tends to make you feel like you’re not good enough, but you are. And you don’t need to prove yourself to anyone — because you are awesome! 💓
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” — Maya Angelou
21. Everyone’s path is uniquely beautiful, including my own.
This is important to remember, especially when you’re scrolling through Instagram. The comparison game can be enough to make you feel down. Just remember that everyone has their own unique life story. Your story is beautiful because it’s yours!
22. I feel grounded in this moment.
23. I am in control of my body.
24. Today, I choose only happiness and joy.
25. I embrace changes and new opportunities as they come.
26. Tomorrow is a brand new day.
No matter what you’re going through right now, things will get better. Today may have not been the best, but tomorrow is an entirely new chapter. I was having a really rough weekend and Alejandro reminded me of this on Saturday. Thought I’d share his encouraging words with y’all! 💞
27. I am capable of anything I set my mind to.
28. I celebrate everyday wins, big or small.
29. Despite my fears, I will live authentically and follow my dreams.
31. No matter what challenges I face, I will persevere.
This phrase from Elizabeth Warren is something I like to tell myself when I’m feeling down. It truly empowers me and makes me feel more in control! 💖
“Nevertheless, she persisted.” — Elizabeth Warren
32. I have all the tools that I need to face my fears head-on.
33. Right now, I feel totally safe, calm, and at peace.
34. I’ve got my back.
35. My anxiety doesn’t define me.
Positive Affirmations Printables!
*Just a little note, I first published this post in June of last year. I felt inspired and wanted to expand on my original post and also include additional affirmations for anxiety! Thanks so much for reading and hope you enjoyed!*
How do you cultivate positive thoughts, whether you’re dealing with anxiety or going through a stressful period? Also, what are some other helpful affirmations for anxiety?