Best Affirmations for Anxiety

25+ Positive Affirmations for Anxiety

Published On: March 4, 2024

You are not alone in your anxiety. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenges in the United States. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, anxiety affects over 40 million adults.

Many people are trying new, innovative ways to cope with their anxiety and lessen the negative impact it has on their lives. One of the ways people are making strides in overcoming anxiety is by implementing positive affirmations. Here are some of my favorite positive affirmations for anxiety as well as some growth affirmations worth exploring.

Why are Affirmations Helpful?

Affirmations are useful because they encourage us to speak kindly to ourselves and reinforce our natural capabilities.

People experiencing anxiety may benefit from affirmations, as they reinforce our resiliency to cope with stressors and navigate emotionally complex situations. Affirmations do not deny that humans experience bad things, they simply remind us of our ability to work through tough times. With consistent practice and implementation, affirmations gradually build a healthier mindset and overall resilience, as well as reduce anxiety.

Positive Affirmations

One of the many ways people manage their anxiety is by changing the way that they think. Some people approach this by implementing positive affirmations. Positive affirmations are short statements that instill hope, combat stress, and promote positive thinking. 

In order for positive affirmations to be effective, I encourage people to practice them regularly. Repeating positive affirmations even when things are going well reinforces the message, and makes it more accessible when you need it.  

25 Positive Affirmations

  1. I believe in my dreams.
  2. I learn from my mistakes.
  3. I am full of courage.
  4. I am resilient.
  5. I choose my attitude.
  6. My ideas are unique.
  7. I am blessed beyond measure.
  8. I am grateful for all what I have and what I will accomplish.
  9. I am prepared to take advantage of opportunities presented to me.
  10. I accomplish anything I focus on.
  11. I am dependable and resourceful.
  12. I am prepared to work even harder.
  13. Today is going to be incredible.
  14. I am wonderfully and beautifully made.
  15. I am thankful for a new day.
  16. I let go of negativity. 
  17. I am successful at everything I do.
  18. I am not my mistakes. 
  19. I release fear and worry.
  20. I offered my best self today.
  21. I have the power to control my thoughts. 
  22. I can get through whatever life throws at me.
  23. I accept myself for who I am.
  24. I am confident.
  25. I remain calm in stressful situations.

Positive Affirmations Feel Phony? Try Neutral Affirmations

For some people, positive affirmations are not effective, and may even feel inauthentic or phony. Rather than forcing positivity, I recommend implementing neutral, realistic affirmations in the form of growth affirmations. The core difference between positive affirmations and growth affirmations is that positive affirmations try to swing things in a positive manner, whereas growth affirmations allow more flexibility and acknowledge that we are still working towards our goals. 

10 Growth Affirmations

Neutral affirmations
  1. I have survived this feeling before, and I can do it again.
  2. I am working to remain calm in stressful situations.
  3. I am mindfully letting go of things I cannot control.
  4. I am learning to control my thoughts.
  5. I am choosing to redirect my energy in positive ways.
  6. I am giving myself grace as I learn to release worry.
  7. I am transforming into my true, authentic self.
  8. I am focusing on my progress rather than my setbacks.
  9. This is difficult, and I am strong enough to withstand it.
  10. I trust myself to try another approach. 

When to Get Professional Help

While positive (or growth-based!) affirmations can be helpful, they may not be enough for someone who is experiencing significant mental health challenges to find relief. I encourage people to seek out professional, specialized mental health treatment in addition to implementing positive affirmations to fully address symptoms of anxiety.