The Power of Positive Self-Talk: Managing Anxiety with Affirmations

Written by: Sarah Mixson, M.S.W.
The Power of Positive Self-Talk: Managing Anxiety with Affirmations

Positive affirmations can be helpful in managing anxiety by promoting positive self-talk and shifting one’s mindset. Negative self- talk can have a significant impact on anxiety by exacerbating its symptoms and making it more challenging to manage. Negative self-talk can affect anxiety by reinforcing negative beliefs, amplifying anxious thoughts, and heightening self-doubt. By replacing negative thoughts with positive and realistic ones, individuals can begin to shift their mindset and reduce anxiety. Here are some examples of positive affirmations a person can use for anxiety:

  1. “I am calm, capable, and in control of my thoughts and emotions.”
  2. “I have the strength and resilience to overcome any anxious feelings that arise.”
  3. “I am not defined by my anxiety. I am strong, capable, and deserving of peace.
  4. “I trust myself to handle whatever challenges come my way.”
  5. “I am in control of my breathing, and I can create a sense of calm within myself.”

Positive affirmations work best when repeated consistently and with belief. Incorporate these affirmations into your daily routine, by saying them aloud or writing them down. This will help to reinforce positive thinking. Additionally, practicing self- compassion and cultivating a supportive inner dialogue can promote a more positive and nurturing mindset, reducing the impact of negative self-talk on anxiety.