14 Magic Phrases to Instantly Calm Your Anxiety
When your mind is racing with all your stressors and fears, take a deep breath and repeat one of these sayings. You’ll instantly start calming anxiety and feeling in control.
Go for positivity
Sub out “loving” for any word that you feel describes you when you’re being your best self. Now close your eyes and think about how it feels when you’re embodying that trait, says Dr. Hanna. Use those values and feelings to guide you before you start your day so that you can react in a way you’re proud of. “We get so focused on needing to do stuff all the time that we forget how we want to be,” says Dr. Hanna. If you’re having trouble thinking of a word, consider the compliments you’d like to hear from others. That mindset will help you figure out what matters most to you, she says. Check out these other ways to treat anxiety without medication.
Embrace your emotions
Don’t let anxiety debilitate you. Attend a football game or go on a date, even if you have to take a bit of anxiety along with the ride. “As I’m waiting to not feel uncomfortable or out of danger, I’m not living life to its fullest,” says Dr. Kissen. “You don’t need to be anxiety-free to live.” Pay attention to these silent signs of high-functioning anxiety.
When anxiety is keeping you away from a social activity or important presentation, put yourself back in control by doing the opposite of what your mind is trying to convince you. “You’ll win, and anxiety will lose,” says Dr. Kissen. Next, check out these other tips for managing anxiety and panic disorder.