Everyone needs a word of encouragement every now and then. But when you suffer from anxiety and other mental illnesses, the frequency increases. It may start off day-by-day, but often times, it’s the moments we end up focusing on. These mantras, by Sarah Schuster from The Mighty, are good reminders during those moments.

You stroll into a room full of people, and your body reacts as if a lion is about to attack. It’s anxiety — physically and mentally draining anxiety — and it can come without warning. How do we get through moments like these? For some, positive self-talk or repeating words or phrases can help when anxiety strikes. 

Try it out:

  1. “It might not be OK now, but it will be OK soon enough.” — Kristy Hindman-Cook
  2. “I’m stronger than I think — I’ve been through this before and I’m still here.” — Mary Theresa Edwards
  3. “Worrying is wasted energy.” — Amanda Davis
  4. “It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.” — Ashley Bridges
  5. “Come on panic, do your worst. Show me what you got.” — Judy Shofner
  6. “I have PTSD and I say to myself, ‘This is not then.’” — Debera Gatlini Townlini 
  7. “I am peace. I am calm. Breathe.” — Pamela Kozy
  8. “I actually have to sing Disney movie songs to myself. I grew up on the classic Disney movies and the music reminds me of being a child. It calms me.” — Allison Bartels
  9. “‘No.’ When I feel the spiral coming I say noout loud. It grounds me again; at least temporarily.” — Lindsey Hemphill 
  10. “It’s only a moment.” — Laura Kathryn Tidwell Book
  11. “It’s OK, you’re OK, it’s OK.” — Vera Porrazzo-DeVito
  12. “‘Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,’ from Winnie The Pooh.” — Molly Ragland
  13. “You are bigger than your fear!” — Lourie Strickland
  14. “In five years, one year, one month, one week, one day and maybe even one hour, this won’t matter as much, if at all.” — Valerie Stipcak
  15. “I am strong enough to get through this.” — Beth Buchanan
  16. “Just breathe and write it down. Review what is stressing you out tomorrow.” — Victoria A. Kavanaugh
  17. “I square my shoulders, correct my posture and whisper, ‘Be a Gryffindor, Ashlyn.’ Then I walk in with my head high.” — Ashlyn Nicole Rozell
  18. “I have survived. I will survive again.” — Nathalie Heizenrader
  19. “I’m not in this alone!” — Lori Phillips Hampton
  20. “My mom taught me to repeat the alphabet until I calmed down. I developed panic attack disorder in my late 20s, and Mom shared this wisdom with me in the waiting room of the hospital. Mom passed two years ago, but I still hold onto that alphabet like a toddler.” — Foo Schmitt
  21. “Honestly, it’s not a phrase or sentence. It’s an image. I close my eyes and while I focus on my breathing. I think of my family.” — Alissa Nelson
  22. “You have enough, you do enough, you are enough.” — Emma Welling
  23. “This is only temporary.” — Amber Cooley
  24. “One day, one moment, one step at a time.” — Nicole Weaver
  25. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10…” — Olivia Hayse
  26. “I sing ‘God Bless America’ in my head! I keep singing it over and over until I’m calm.” — Alice Slaughter
  27. “This too shall pass.” — Heather Dee
  28. “Anxiety is overestimating the problem and underestimating my ability to deal with it.” — Emily Mathiak
  29. “When I’m getting really anxious, I stand up, take a deep breath, put my arms above my head or out to my sides, and as I bend at the waist side-to-side I say, out loud, ‘I’m a tree. I can bend.’ It may sound dorky, but it helps me every time.” — Elizabeth Campbell
  30. “I repeat to my self ‘just exhale.’” — Holva Dalmasi
  31. “Anxiety is only a feeling, nothing more.” — Kayla Wientzek
  32. Just keep swimming!” — Lena Darlington
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To celebrate the release of my new book, Stay With Me, as well as commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month, I will be posting articles and links on the subject through the month of May. Please share this with your friends and family. And don’t forget to get a copy of my book. Go to https://ruthegriffin.com/home/bookshelf/stay-with-me/ for more information.
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