Sometimes, we need a little push in the right direction to help us step past the pain and move into more peaceful territory. Speaking words of affirmation to ourselves in times of stress is a quick way to trigger positive change. It’s a readily available method for letting go and moving forward.
“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” – Mark Twain
What you tell yourself every day will either lift you up or bring you down. Choose to speak of love, peace, and happiness even when your mind feels bombarded by negativity, stress, and doubt.
Some of these words of affirmation can be found elsewhere on the blog, and have been written about in more detail there; the links provided will lead you to that particular affirmation.
Choose which thoughts best suit you today. Start employing them wherever and whenever you need a positive push in the direction of peace and happiness.
Words of Affirmation for Stress Relief
So many rivers, but they all reach the sea.
This is an affirmation for times of regret, doubt, or fear of taking risks. There are many, many ways to live one’s life, and we get to decide in each moment how we will live this journey. Whichever river you travel, you will reach the sea.
I take internal control; I let the rest go.
The need to control the outside is directly related to how out of control we feel inside. Logically, we know we cannot control everything in our lives, but we still get caught up in the chaos of an ever-changing world that doesn’t evolve exactly how and when we want.
This affirmation for inner peace can help you release the need to control the external environment and realign with your internal environment.
My present circumstances do not determine where I go, but only where I start.
If you need to start over again, practice being okay with it. Every stressful trigger is an opportunity to start where you are, use what you have, and grow beyond it.
I trust life, and I trust that life is working on my behalf.
Being willing to trust the process of life is a huge determinant of happiness and peace of mind. To weave faith and gratitude into the journey, however it unfolds (especially if it’s not how we hoped for), is the key to unlocking happiness in each moment.
I choose another way.
Choose peace instead of this. Choose another, more positive thought over this stressful thought. Choose to take a loving approach to the situation. Be willing to be open to the abundance of possibilities other than this one stressful moment. Be willing to walk in a different direction.
I accept this moment.
The first step of change is awareness, and the next step is acceptance. See the moment for what it is, and welcome it as if you had chosen it. You’re meant to be here and to experience this; your presence in this moment is a testament to that truth.
I can transform any stress into something positive and beneficial to my growth.
Meet your negative thoughts with some grace and compassion, because you are so much more than any small thoughts of doubt, stress, regret, fear, failure, or anger. You have the power to transform what you’re experiencing into something else.
Stress is easy, but happiness is divine.
Stress is of this world, but happiness seems to come from somewhere else and through us into the world. It’s light and freeing, it’s refreshing and unchained to another time. It’s easy to react to and absorb the stress from the world, but it takes some spirit to own our happiness and choose happy thoughts instead.
- Which of these words of affirmation are you speaking to yourself today?
- What thoughts or practices help you move through the stress and reach the calm again?
Please share any of your own affirmations or mantras, helpful thoughts, or experiences with me in the comments.
Share these words of affirmation with someone who could use a little inspiration today.
Keep smiling through the words you speak.
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