Katy Morin

How to Use Positive Affirmations to Manage Anxiety

Stress is an inevitable part of life. However, when stress levels remain high, they can start to have a detrimental effect on both your emotional and physical well-being and lead to anxiety. It is imperative to find ways to manage anxiety and repeating positive affirmations is a way for you to increase feelings of inner peace, and to combat daily anxieties. The idea is to take the positive statements of what you want to manifest in your life and repeat them enough that they become a part of how you think and see the world. 

Here are some of the best ways to use positive affirmations to help you manage anxiety.

Write Your Affirmation in the Present Tense
For your affirmation to be effective, you have to write it in the present tense, as if it is already happening to you. Writing in the present tense helps your subconscious to believe that the statement is true.

Turn Negatives Into Positives
If you struggle with negative self-talk, take the time to write down the persistent thoughts and beliefs that are bothering you. Then write an affirmation that is the opposite of that belief. For example, if you always think that you aren't talented enough to move ahead in your career, turn it around and write an affirmation like, "I am an experienced and skilled professional."

The most popular way that you can harness the power of affirmations is by merely repeating the affirmation to yourself regularly. Saying them out loud to yourself several times a day, in the mornings or evenings, can be incredibly useful. When you repeat them out loud, you hear them more clearly, which can make them more effective than if you were to repeat them to yourself mentally.

Do-It-Yourself Recording
To hear your affirmations more times throughout the day, you can record yourself repeating the positive affirmations and play the recording while you are driving, when you're reading in the evenings, or when you are exercising. Be sure to talk in a calm voice, and consider playing your favorite soothing music in the background. DIY recordings are a great way to create a tailor-made experience for your specific needs.

Use Post-It Notes
A fun way to utilize your positive affirmations daily is by writing them down on Post-It Notes and placing them around your house to provide you with positive messages throughout the day. You can put them on the refrigerator, your bathroom mirror, and other places that you see frequently. This technique can be incredibly useful on its own, or you can use it with some of the other affirmation techniques as a reinforcement.

If you want to increase the effectiveness of your positive affirmations dramatically, you can use self-hypnosis with them. Self-hypnosis is a way to cement your affirmations into your subconscious thinking much quicker than merely repeating them when you are in your normal conscious state.

While not all positive affirmations will be helpful in helping you relieve anxiety, most of them can effectively transition you into a better frame of mind and help you build resilience, and help you find enjoyment in your life.

The powerful technique of affirmations has helped thousands of people obtain everything they desire. Many people practice positive affirmations daily, but not everyone manages to benefit from them. Affirmations work a lot like visualization and setting goals. If you practice affirmations but aren't enjoying the results, then you are probably doing something wrong.

Here are 4 simple steps for making affirmations work for you.

Step #1 - You Must Feel It
Many people don't see results from their daily affirmations because they are merely doing it for the sake of doing it. They aren't associating any emotions or feelings with their affirmations. If you want your affirmations to work for you, then you have to include positive feeling words in your affirmations. When you can feel the emotions, your affirmations will become much more powerful and effective.

Step #2 - Turn Your Affirmations Into Your Habit
If you want to get the most out of your positive affirmations, you have to turn the practice into a habit. This means that you should repeat your statements at the same time every day. The best times to practice your affirmations is once in the morning and once before you go to sleep. Repeating your affirmations right before you go to sleep at night, helps your subconscious mind continue to work on what you want in your life.

Step #3 - Belief That it Will Happen
Most people will do their affirmations, but they don't believe that they are going to get what they desire. If you don't believe in something, you will never put in the effort required to obtain it. You will never take action. Your beliefs define your action, and when you believe that you are going to achieve it, you will do whatever it takes to get it.

Step #4 - Commit and Take Action
If you want your affirmations to work for you, then you have to put in your commitment to achieving what you want. If you want to have a slim body, then you have to be committed to that outcome and take action by working out and eating better.
If you want your affirmations to work for you, then you have to be determined that they will. Practice your affirmations daily, with feelings and emotions, and you'll be amazed at how quickly your desires are manifested.

If you need help with affirmations, download my free guide Conquering Anxiety With Affirmations. 

If you need more information to overcome social anxiety, join my community where I'll be sharing more techniques to overcome loneliness and fear of communicating, by showing you how to communicate better in your interpersonal and professional relationships, to have a social life and a career you want.
Created with