Stress is a feeling that everyone can understand. Even when you look at someone and believe that they have a perfect life, they feel stress. Most people feel stress at work, in their relationship, financially, and in many other ways. Then, certain life events are beyond your control, such as the current crisis, that brings more stress into your life. Even reading and hearing the word stress can cause your mind and your body to tense up. You might even start to feel anxious about now because you’ve read the word so much.
If this sounds like you, take a deep, slow breath and continue reading because this article isn’t here to make you feel stressed. The items in this article are affirmations that will help you relieve your stress. They’ll give you a sense of calm that will relax your mind and body, helping you manage life just a little easier.
Think Positively To Erase The Negative Thoughts
One of the best ways to start focusing on the positives in your life is to think positively. While you’ll never be able to remove your negative thoughts altogether, you can accept them and then turn them into positive thoughts.
When you find yourself burning the evening meal because you were multitasking, smile, and tell yourself that it gives the food a little character. If you don’t do well on a project, tell yourself that you did your best and you’ll do better next time. If you’re struggling to find a positive thought, take a deep breath and tell yourself, “I deserve to think positively.”
One of the most critical steps to take when focusing on relieving stress is to believe that you deserve to feel better. Stress is a negative emotion that is strong enough to increase your anxiety and fear and decrease your self-esteem. The more stress you feel in life, the worse your mindset can become.
When you start to feel stress arises, it’s time to focus on calming methods. One way to do this is by taking a slow, deep breath and telling yourself, “I deserve a peaceful and loving life.” Allow the soothing words of “peaceful” and “loving” echo through your head, into your heart, and make you feel more at peace with what’s causing your stress.
Challenges, problems, or issues. It doesn’t matter what you call them. You see them as a negative feature in your life that increases stress. They make you feel frustrated, angry, and sad because you start to think that you can’t overcome them.
But you can, and you need to believe you will. Instead of becoming frustrating or giving up when facing a challenge – see it as an opportunity. Look at it as a way to gain more knowledge and strength within you. Imagine yourself overcoming the problem as this will keep you focused.
Don’t be in a rush to get to a certain point in your life. It doesn’t matter what goal you’re working toward; you’ll accomplish it at the right time. Like everyone else, you have a higher purpose or a mission in your life that you’ll complete before you pass on to a higher realm.
Throughout your life, you take small steps toward this purpose. No matter what, you’ll complete what you need to. Don’t focus so much on time, and need to get tasks completed as quickly as possible. Instead, go at a comfortable pace as this will make you feel less stressed and more at peace.
If You Want Something You’ve Never Had, You Have To Do Something You’ve Never Done
You need to take chances in your life. Yes, sometimes they can cause you to stress, but if it’s what you want – face your fears. If you want a degree to receive a promotion at your job, apply to a college until you receive your letter of acceptance.
You know in your heart that you want to change your career and start your own business – start making a plan to accomplish this goal. The first step you take is always the hardest, but it also leads you to other stages and toward completing your goal.
It happens often: you go through social media or see people on the street, and they look happy and calm. You start to wish you felt that way. Even though you don’t honestly know how they think, you wonder why you don’t have the same type of happiness.
It’s time to stop wondering and realize that you do. You hold the same level of happiness as everyone else. If they’re something keeping you from feeling truly happy, look at ways to overcome it, such as therapy or changing your career. Pull the happiness out and let it shine brightly.
Sometimes it’s the racing thoughts in our mind that make us feel stress. You think about everything you need to do for the day, and you wonder how it’ll get done. You worry about the exam you have coming up, and then you start to think about what will happen if you fail.
Gently tell your mind to slow down. Don’t expect it to come to a sudden stop, but to decrease the number of thoughts soaring in your head. Over time, you’ll start to focus on fewer ideas and feel calmer.
Even When One Area Of My Life Is Not Flowing, Another Area Is
There are many moments when you feel chaos in your life. You might think that you can’t get organized, your home is a disaster, or you have too much clutter in your mind.
You can’t avoid these moments, but you can take a step back and look at the areas of your life that are calmly flowing. You can’t ignore the raging river, but you can tell yourself that soon the water will have a more relaxed flow.
I Trust My Intuition As It Guides Me To Make The Right Decisions
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach that tells you whether a decision is right or not – listen to it. This mood is your intuition, and it speaks to you freely. It knows more than you think it does, and it can help you find your path and stay on it.
Even if you meet someone and feels like your gut is giving out red flags not to become too close to the person, listen to it. When you let your intuition guide you, you’ll naturally start to feel less stressed and more at ease.
Did you know that no one is made exactly like you? No one in this world thinks the same and feels the same. Your personality is unique because it’s the only one in this world. Even if you share traits of others, no one is exactly like you.
Because you’re the only you, it’s time to love yourself for exactly who you are. You need to enjoy your faults just as much as you like the best pieces of yourself.
I Am Breathing Deeply And Slowly To Fill Myself With Calmness
When most people meditate, they start with slow and deep breaths. It is an excellent exercise to follow when you feel overwhelmed, angry, or frustrated. When you take time to breathe deeply and slowly, your mind relaxes. This action makes your muscles relax, and soon your heart finds itself in a healthy, calm rhythm.
You might find it helpful, especially during the most challenging moments, to tell yourself, “I will breathe in calm energy into my body and breathe out negative energy.” You can also imagine the negativity leaving your body as you exhale and peaceful energy entering as you inhale.
Being Centered And Calm Is One Of My Top Priorities In Life
You have two choices in life. You can decide to focus on calming energy and centering yourself when you feel overwhelmed, or you can do this every day. You can choose to make this one of your top priorities. You might not always think that you’re calm because stress is a natural part of life, but when you take the time to focus on centering yourself every day, it’s easier to find your calmly flowing waters during a storm.
You can choose to do this through meditation in the morning or develop a routine that helps you focus on centering yourself. Keep your mind open as you never know what technique will be your best fit.
There are moments where you struggle to feel supported. You might be stuck at home for some time, living alone, or just feel alone. Even though there are people around you, the feeling of support seems low.
In these moments, you need to look within you and all around to find support. It’s easier to find than you think and the best part is it’s always been there. If you’re stuck at home, video chat with someone you’re missing. If you feel alone, contact someone that you know will understand. You’re never truly alone because there are always people who support you.
Like many other people, you feel stuck. You might feel stuck in your home, at your job, mentally, or emotionally. The most crucial factor to remember when the word “stuck” starts to make you feel stressed is that it’s not true. You’re never actually stuck, but you do feel that way.
When you realize that feeling “stuck” in your environment is just a feeling, the world starts to open up a bit more. You’ll find ways to overcome this feeling and help yourself move on. Sometimes, all you need to say is, “I’m not stuck.”
This affirmation ties into the first one, where you transform your negative thoughts into positive ones. The difference is now you’ll take a step further and start to imagine releasing all the negativity from your body.
All you need to do is close your eyes and start breathing. First, you want to breathe normally and feel the rhythm of your breath. Then, you’ll begin to breathe slowly and deeply. At this point, you’ll imagine negativity releasing with each breath. When you exhale, it escapes your body, goes into the air, and vanishes.
Telling yourself that you are free can give you an unbelievably calm feeling. Not only do you feel free to make your own choices, but you also feel free to choose how to experience life. This saying is an excellent affirmation to tell yourself when you feel overwhelmed by all the work you need.
You feel that people are pulling you in all directions, and you don’t have the freedom to control your life. It’s time to remember that you’re in charge of your life, which means you can release yourself from any mental chains.
Your past likes to hold you down. It wants to make you think about every mistake you made, and this doesn’t allow you to move forward. Instead, you focus on who wronged you or what you did to someone else. You hold onto feelings of guilt and struggle to find your true happiness.
It’s time to tell your past to take a back seat and focus on forgiveness. Even if you can’t bring yourself to forgive someone who hurt you, forgive yourself so you can start to move forward. Forgiveness won’t happen magically, but telling yourself, “I lovingly forgive,” can help you let go of the past.
I’m Too Busy Focusing On My Grass To See Yours Is Greener
You’ve heard the phrase, “the grass is greener on the other side,” and you’ve probably found grass that you think is greener. When you start looking at someone else’s lawn, you tend to forget about your own. However, when you focus on your grass, you can make it greener.
It’s always best to spend your time wisely, and this means focusing on your life. Always remember, everyone else’s grass will naturally look a bit greener because you don’t see their problems, especially when they’re hidden in the bushes.
Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone fails. You can’t find success without failure. Instead of focusing on your shortcomings as a negative part of your life, you need to look at them as a new growth experience.
One of the most important lessons you need to remember about failure is that it teaches you. You learn what works and what doesn’t. It inspires you to try again but in a different way because you want to succeed. Another lesson is that your failure can inspire someone else. When they see you pick yourself up, they’ll do the same.
You can’t avoid pain. You’ll feel it throughout your life in many ways. You can feel it physically or emotionally. For example, you’re at work, and your supervisor comes to you and criticizes your last project. The words they tell you can cause you emotional pain as you start to criticize yourself, causing more pain.
When it comes to a moment like this, you can choose to hold on to the pain and start suffering or let it go and grow from the experience. When you suffer, you lack self-esteem, and you don’t believe that you can succeed. When you grow, you don’t suffer from the pain, and you know success is in your future.
When you’re faced with troubling situations, you can choose how to look at it. For example, you lost your job because of the current situation. Now, you’re stressed about how you’ll afford bills and find a job when the world seems to be heading into financial struggles.
Instead of filling your mind with worry and negative thoughts, it’s time to look at your difficult time with a changed mindset. Whenever one door closes, another one opens. Maybe losing your job means you can finally aim to start your business, go back to school, or find a better job.
When you find yourself struggling to calm your mind, start focusing on what you appreciate. Think about all your blessings from your family to your career. If you’re about to graduate from college, think about when you first started and how you felt about the next several years.
Notice how you made it through all your classes, and now you’re at the finish line. Take time to appreciate your struggles because they made you stronger, your professors, and everything you’ve learned.
I Won’t Become Polished If I’m Irritated By Every Rub
It’s easy to find yourself irritated at the slightest sound or thought to come through your mind, especially when you’re at home for a long time, and your routine is messed up. However, whether you’re struggling with the current crisis or another issue, it’s important to remember that it’s helping you grow.
Furthermore, every smaller problem that pops up during a larger one can help you become more polished. You might find that you’re learning how to focus more on your studies or work on a project you’ve been pushing aside for lack of time. Every step you take can give you a more polished look for your future as you continue to learn and grow.
One of the best statements you can tell yourself when you’re stressed is to take a deep breath and say, “I am grateful.” You don’t need to say what you’re grateful for, but you can think about it. You can also take time to write in a gratitude journal where you write down all the positives of your day.
For instance, did you drive to work without any issue? If so, that’s a positive. Did you get a promotion at work? Did you make someone smile? Do you feel good about yourself? Ask yourself questions that lead you to a grateful heart and mind.
You’re in control of your life. You decide what to do and when to do it, even if someone else is giving you directions. For example, you choose to go to work because you want to take care of your family. The fact is, every decision you make is your choice. Therefore, it’s time to focus on the positives and count your blessings.
Take a moment every night to sit back and think about all the blessings in your life. Is your family healthy? Are they happy? Are you happy? Do you have a loving home? Count each positive moment as a blessing and feel the stress leave your body.
It’s easy to become defensive. Sometimes you don’t even realize it’s happening. You might feel that you need to defend yourself when someone criticizes you, picks on you, or for any reason.
Instead of becoming defensive, take a step back and decide to smile. If someone criticizes your parent style, smile, and tell yourself that you’re doing the best you can and that everyone is happy – this is what truly matters. Tell yourself to let go of that defensive feeling because you need to make room for happiness.
You can’t avoid the negative. No matter how hard you try, something terrible will happen. You’ll lose a loved one and struggle to carry on. You’ll lose a companion animal and miss their furry cuddles. You’ll make a mistake that you don’t know how to fix.
When you find yourself in these stressful moments, it’s important to remember that they will pass. Just like your mother might have told you as a child, “This too will pass.” You didn’t want to believe her then, but she is right. Now is the time to start feeling these words.
One crucial step that you probably forget to take every day is to tell yourself, “I love you.” It’s easy to tell other people you love them, but why not yourself? You need to feel the same love that you give to other people.
You can start by taking a look in the mirror and saying these three words. If you’re not comfortable with that, at least in the beginning, mention them in your head. No matter what, find time every day to tell yourself that you’re important and loved by others.
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