In one of my last recap posts, I mentioned that for the first time ever I actually used a mantra to get me through a day of tension, fear, and anxiety.
For anyone that doesn’t know, a mantra is a word, phrase, or even a sound (like in meditation) that is frequently repeated to bring calmness and peace. I knew about them for a long time but never bothered to give them a chance.
Well, I guess that’s not completely true. We all have mantras whether we realize it or not, but unfortunately, they’re usually negative mantras like “I’m too fat, I’m not good enough, I can’t do that.” Repeating negative mantras will put you in a negative mindset. They’re powerful, so you just need to learn how to use them to bring peace and positivity into your life.
Here’s what I wrote in my recap about how repeating a mantra during an anxious episode really, truly made a difference:
I kept my mind as busy and as focused at work as I could, but when my mind did start to wander, and I could feel the anxiety rising up, I would stop, take deep breaths, and repeat a mantra to myself. I could not even tell you the number of times I repeated that mantra in my head throughout the day, but each time I did, it helped. It was my first time really using mantras as a coping method during my anxiety, and it was a really positive experience for me. In addition to repeating my mantras, I also prayed.
About 15 minutes after I said my prayer, the situation that was causing my initial anxiety was resolved, and I didn’t have to do a thing. I just stayed calm. I didn’t let my anxiety get the best of me, and I didn’t allow my emotions to go crazy and become completely irrational. I am so proud to share that I actually held it together. I made it through without a scene, and everything was okay.
Mantras have honestly been so beneficial in helping me get through anxious moments, keep myself calm, and still be able to see the world with clarity instead of the nasty lense that anxiety tries to stick in front of me. I would highly recommend them to any anxiety sufferer. Plus, they’re simple! You can say them out loud while you’re alone, or you can even repeat them in your head while in a crowded room. I repeated mine in my head while I was at work all day!
Now, here are 17 powerful mantras for anxiety:
I am strong. I am powerful. I am beautiful.
This too shall pass.
This is only False Evidence Appearing Real
I’ve already come so far.
I am worthy.
I deserve love and happiness.
Anxiety is only a feeling.
These thoughts are not rational.
I will accept what I cannot change.
I am safe.
Everything will be okay.
Anxiety does not define who I am.
I love myself unconditionally.
Let it go.
Good things are coming to me.
I have full control of my thoughts and emotions.
I must love myself before I can give love to others.
Have you ever given mantras a try?
What’s your favorite and most beneficial?