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How to Use Positive Affirmations for Anxiety

If you want to learn how to stop feeling anxious thoughts and worrying, this is a method that teaches you how to use positive affirmations for anxiety.

Since learning this method, I’ve been able to calm myself down from spirals of negative thoughts and worries (which I really don’t want to have). And there’s no point in living a life full of anxious thoughts when it’s so easy to use positive affirmations to combat them.

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of worry and uneasiness from not knowing what to expect from the future. Our brains try to deal with the potentially dangerous future by imagining different bad scenarios so that we can be prepared. It also means that when we are experiencing anxiety, we are not living in the present moment but in the future.

A lot of times we “overreact” to different scenarios and feel anxious for things that aren’t dangerous for us. And when we feel anxious too much, it destroys our quality of life and can lead to depression, unhappiness, and so things like that. So, naturally, it’s worth it to learn how to stop those feelings and live a happy life.

How to Stop Feeling Anxious by Using Positive Affirmations

Okay, so let’s say that you’ve caught yourself feeling anxious. You are suddenly aware that you are having unnecessary anxious thoughts and just want it to stop. As I said, the first things is to return to reality, the now, and acknowledge your feelings, as well as replace the bad thoughts with healthy and good ones. So, step-by-step:

1. Breathe Slowly

When we are anxious, our body reacts physiologically.

We need to calm our heart, and our entire body, before we can truly stop the anxious thoughts.

The way to do that is by breathing slowly. 4 seconds in, 4 seconds out. Or 4 seconds in, and 8 seconds out. Do that and do it for multiple times.

You will feel your body starting to relax, and your mind will follow.

2. Acknowledge Your Feelings – Why Are You Anxious?

Be aware. Listen to yourself and be honest with yourself. Even if it’s hard.

Are you anxious because you’re afraid of being laughed at? Are you anxious of being left by someone you love? Are you anxious of different things that can go wrong?

3. Acknowledge That it Hasn’t Happened Yet – It’s Only in Your Imagination

Now, realise that your fears are not real. They don’t exist yet and they may never be true. The future doesn’t exist yet, there is only now.

And as long as what you’re afraid of or worried about hasn’t happened yet, then it isn’t real. It is only a thought. An idea in your head. It’s only a pattern of neurons in your brain firing together and creating that thought. It has no real substance.

And, why would you live in that thought? It’s hasn’t even happened yet.

4. Let it Go. Let All Negative And Toxic Thoughts Go

Now when you have calmed your body, and you’ve become aware of why you are anxious and have acknowledged that it’s not real… Then you need to breathe out and let it go. Continue breathing and for every breathe out, release any negative thoughts.

5. Infuse with Positive Thoughts (Affirmations)

Your mind can not differentiate between thought and reality. That’s why you felt anxious and bad about your negative thoughts. Now when you’ve emptied your mind and heart, you’ve opened up space.

In this space, you’ll fill it with positive thoughts and affirmations. Affirmations are statements that are wanted for example

  • I love and accept myself
  • I am loved
  • I let go of all negative thoughts

But don’t just say them in your head, but feel them. Truly believe in what you’re thinking and saying to yourself. And do that a few times.

By now you should’ve been able to let go of some of your anxiety, and gotten into a more positive and wellbeing state.


I really hope this could help you. The important thing is to practice this and be really kind to yourself. Especially when feeling anxious and depressed. It’s easy to feel self-loathing and be angry by oneself for feeling bad, but don’t be. It doesn’t help you at all and it’s not good for anyone. Be kind to yourself instead, be your own best friend, and help yourself out of it, and into a better you.

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Wendy Zhou

UX/UI designer from Sweden. I write about design, tech, side projects, personal finance and cyberpunk. Contact: wendyzhou.design@gmail.com

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