We are living in anxious and stressful times which we all react to differently. Some of us embrace each day with positive thought and some of us become worried, anxious or stressed over the smallest of things.
Worrying about things increases anxiety and stress. I’d love to say that I live by the saying … ” If you can do something about it, don’t worry about it. If you can’t, don’t worry about it.” But I don’t live by the saying, I still get worried or stressed about things that I can’t do anything about. It is not healthy therefore I work on improving my anxiety and stress levels in a variety of ways. One of the ways is by saying positive affirmations.
The Difference Between Anxiety and stress.
Anxiety and stress are both emotional reactions. Stress is an emotional response from an external factor, where as anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness beyond control which can effect our everyday lives.
Anxiety is a common mental health issue around the world which can effect your health and well being. Everyone feels anxious, though not everyone who feels stressed and anxious develops anxiety. However, research shows that 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety at some time in their lives.
Stress and anxious feelings can come from work pressure, maybe a work dead line, or running late to a meeting. Sitting an exam or writing a university essay can be enough to feel stressed or anxious. Anxiety can also come from loneliness and living within in your head, with your thoughts. The current pandemic is enough to cause stress and worry especially if you are out working and caring for people daily. There are many things that can bring on stress in many different ways. What some people don’t see as stressful, other will. Speaking on stage to a large audience is a large fear that causes anxious feelings in many people, me included, yet some people find speaking on stage not stressful at all. I know I’d be saying many positive affirmations to give me confidence if I was to speak on stage.
There is a lot to learn when it comes to anxiety and stress. I’m not a doctor, these are my thoughts, I recommend if you do suffer from stress or anxiety that you speak with your doctor or call one of the many helplines.
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How to use positive affirmations to manage stress.
Affirmations are a form of positive psychology increasing positive thoughts and success . The more you say something positive the greater the chance of positive change. The reverse is true too, negative attitudes towards life or situations increases the change of failure or not progressing towards your life goals. Therefore positive affirmations can help with reducing anxiety and stress.
Affirmations may appear to be wishful thoughts, however research has shown that the brain rewires itself and creates new pathways deleting connections that are no longer useful. Neuroplasticity also creates and strengthens more useful connections,adapting and changing to our environment. I’m not an expert on neuroplasticity, so here is an article on what is neuroplasticity.
15 Positive Affirmations To Help With Anxiety And Stress.
Every situation can be seen negatively and positively. I’m a glass 1/2 full person and look for the positive in situations. The negative situations I choose to learn from. An affirmation to start seeing things in a positive manner is;
I choose to see the positive in all situations.
I learn from all outcomes.
My past is my past and can’t stop me achieving my future goals.
There is no obstacle that I can’t overcome.
This situation is not here to test me, it is here to help me grow.
Affirmations for calmness.
To help with anxiety and de-stressing I like to practice mindfulness including breathing. Taking deep breathes help with inhaling positive energy and exhaling negative energy. Here are a few affirmations on breathing and control.
As I take deep breathes I breathe in energy and release anxiety.
Stress evaporates from my body as I breathe.
I control my breathing. I can breathe deeply and slow down my breathing.
I’m calm and relaxed.
Affirmations of strength and control.
I have the strength, the ability and the will power to succeed and achieve my lives dreams.
I have the mindfulness skills to help me through this anxious phrase.
I can overcome anxiety with my inner strength.
I like my life, my life gets better everyday. I’m in control.
I acknowledge my anxiety but do not need to listen to it.
Personally, I like to acknowledge the stress I’m feeling. I find it helps me move through the stressful moment and recognise it for the thought feeling it is. Often I find drawing on moments of achievement or success also help.
I feel stressed but it will pass. I can and have managed feelings of stress before, I can control my feelings again to return to calmness.
Affirmations can be said at any time throughout the day. Some people like to start their day with positive affirmations, other people say them as needed. It is easy to personalise and write your own affirmations, this post gives a few tips on how to write positive affirmations – Be more productive, start your day with daily affirmations.
Although reading positive affirmations for anxiety and stress can help in the short term, it is most important to talk with someone, your doctor or counsellor, friend or helpline about your concerns and worries. The more you let your worries build up inside you the more it impacts your health and well-being.
Angie blogs about setting goals and mastering habits as well as productivity and living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business. Her goal to work online came about due to wanting to see overseas family and travel around Australia. Her mission is to help others succeed with their goals. Angie often shares tips and tricks while walking the beaches or near the lake on the Central Coast NSW Australia.