Positive Affirmations: Part of Your Toolkit for Managing Anxiety and Stress

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Positive affirmations are short, positive statements or phrases that people use to challenge and overcome negative or self-limiting beliefs, thoughts, or behaviors. These affirmations are typically repeated regularly, either verbally or in writing, as a way to reprogram the subconscious mind and promote a more positive mindset.

The idea behind positive affirmations for stress and anxiety is that by consistently affirming positive thoughts and beliefs, you can change your perception of yourself and your capabilities. Ultimately this leads to improved self-esteem, confidence, and well-being. Positive affirmations are often used as a tool for personal development, self-improvement, and managing stress or anxiety. How can you implement them in your daily life?

Benefits of Positive Affirmations for Stress and Anxiety

Positive affirmations can be a helpful tool for managing stress and anxiety for some individuals, but their effectiveness can vary from person to person. Here’s how positive affirmations can potentially help with stress and anxiety:

  • Shift in mindset: Positive affirmations encourage a more optimistic and constructive mindset. When you repeat affirmations focused on reducing stress and anxiety, you are training your mind to think more positively and calmly.1
  • Interrupting negative thought patterns: Many people with anxiety tend to engage in negative self-talk and catastrophic thinking. Positive affirmations can interrupt these negative thought patterns and replace them with more positive and rational thoughts.
  • Enhancing self-esteem: Repeating affirmations that reinforce self-worth and self-confidence can help individuals feel better about themselves, which can reduce anxiety related to self-doubt and self-criticism.
  • Reducing the physiological stress response: Some studies suggest that positive affirmations may have a small but positive impact on reducing stress-related physiological responses, such as cortisol levels. However, the evidence on this is mixed.2
  • Promoting relaxation: Incorporating relaxation techniques with positive affirmations, such as deep breathing or meditation, can amplify their stress-reduction benefits.

Developing Your Positive Affirmations

So what do positive affirmations for stress and anxiety look like? Here are a few examples of some positive affirmations:

  • “I am confident and capable.”
  • “I deserve success and happiness.”
  • “I am in control of my thoughts and emotions.”
  • “I am worthy of love and respect.”
  • “I embrace change and grow from challenges.”
  • “I attract positive experiences into my life.”
  • “I am grateful for all the blessings in my life.”

Some of these may work for you but others might feel out of touch. The best approach is to write affirmations that apply to you directly. Next, read them aloud to yourself every day. Put them somewhere you will see them. Write them on a sticky note and tape them to your mirror or your computer monitor. Reading your affirmations aloud will probably feel silly at first but over time you may begin to realize the power of positive affirmations in your life.

When to Seek Professional Help

While positive affirmations for stress and anxiety can be a helpful tool for promoting a positive mindset, they are not a magic solution to all problems. They should never be your primary defense if you’re living with a mental health problem. Positive affirmations work best when combined with other approaches, particularly specialized mental health treatment.

If you’re struggling to manage your mental health, you should seek professional help from a mental health treatment facility like Pasadena Villa. Our programs will equip you with the tools and skills to manage your mental illness and live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life.

To learn more about Pasadena Villa’s treatment options, reach out to us at 407-574-5190 or submit an online contact form today.


1. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. (2016). Self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward.

2. Health Psychology. (2015). The impact of self-affirmation on health-behavior change.

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