Using self talk for stress will help prevent problems such as anxiety and depression before they start.
Since stress is a precursor for deeper problems, it makes full sense to manage your stress before things become worse. There is no better time to learn self talk for stress than the present.
The sooner you learn the better equipped you will be when stressful situations arise. Consider self talk for stress as preventative medicine!
Even if you are not currently stressed, these statements may help prepare you so that your reaction to stress will be more positive and optimistic.
As listed in positive self talk, it is best to repeat these statements to yourself for at least 15 minutes, twice a day. Once in the morning, before you start your day and once before bedtime is ideal.
For additional benefit, you can even repeat each statement to yourself three times before moving onto the next one.
You can repeat these statements to yourself aloud or you can record yourself while saying them and play it back anytime you wish. Some people use their cell phones to record these messages and that way they are able to have a convenient method of playing it back whenever they want to throughout the day.
The more you repeat these statements, the more effective they will be. Remember, repetition is necessary when using self talk. The goal is to change your automatic negative thoughts to automatic positive thoughts. New habits of thinking take time, so be persistent and do not give up! Remember, you have the power to choose which thoughts you want to think.
Self talk for stress should sound something like this:
- I am safe and secure.
- Everyday I focus more on the positive and less on the negative.
- I am exactly where I belong in life.
- I feel calm and relaxed. When I am calm and relaxed, I can handle any situation.
- I do not stress over the things I cannot change, instead I accept them.
- I accept the things that I cannot change. I learn from them.
- I choose to live in the present moment.
- I worry less and less about the future and I no longer dwell on the past.
- I no longer focus on negative things, instead I focus on the positive.
- When I notice negative thinking in my mind, I quickly replace those thoughts with positive ones.
- I am calm and relaxed even in stressful situations.
- When I am feeling stressed, I use my relaxation breathing to relax my mind and body.
- My body is relaxed and comfortable. I release my muscles from all tension.
- I choose a positive attitude. Optimism comes naturally for me.
- I take good care of myself.
- My mind is focused and full of positive thoughts and ideas.
- I am able to relax my mind anytime I choose.
- When stressful situations arise, I will accept and float with it.
- I am able to encourage myself when things don't go the way I expect or plan.
- I do not have enough time in the day to worry.
- I focus my mind on things I can change and let go of the things I can't.
- I always repeat healthy, positive thoughts to myself throughout the day.
- When I am calm and relaxed, I am helping to create a healthy mind and body for myself.
- I feel good when I am calm and relaxed. My brain feels focused and alert.
- I exercise and eat right. I understand that both of these things contribute to my good health.
- I am strong, capable and self assured.
- I am responsible for myself and my life.
- I make good choices for myself.
- When negative situations arise, I remind myself "this too shall pass"
- I can handle anything that comes my way. I am a good problem solver.
- When I am overwhelmed, I will prioritize and only do those things that are most important to me at that time.
- I no longer worry. Instead, I focus my mind entirely on the "here and now".
- Everyday I feel more and more in control of my feelings and emotions.
- I enjoy taking care of myself. It makes me feel good inside and out.
- I choose to stay relaxed and focused no matter what situation I am facing.
- I am calm, relaxed, safe and secure. My body and mind are strong and capable.
- Stress is manageable. I will manage the stress in my life in a positive, healthy way.
Okay, so there you have it! Some great positive self talk for stress statements. Of course, you can do your own or even change these around to suit you and your situation more personally.
Self Talk for Stress in Printable Format
To make things even more convenient for you, I have put these self talk for stress statements into a PDF file, so you can print them out and take them with you anywhere and practice them at any time.
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