Stress and anxiety zap our strength and seriously hamper happiness. Dealing with stress can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. And, dealing with it is absolutely essential for our peace of mind.
There are many ways to deal with stress and fortunately, the internet gives us almost countless resources to help. Some people use a combination of remedies, such as positive affirmations, prayer and mindfulness techniques to help combat the stress.
These affirmations, uplifting quotes and prayer will hopefully help you deal with stress — or, at least give you the strength to get beyond it enough so that you can pursue a personalized prescription for beating stress and anxiety.
Positive affirmations that may help:
- I am safe. I am calm. I am secure.
- Stress does not control me, I control my stress.
- Stop! Relax. That negative thought is toxic and I banish it. I’m okay. Everything will be fine.
- Take a deep breath and relax. Everything is going to be okay.
- I feel peace and serenity flowing through my mind and body. I will be okay.
- I am happy, relaxed and in control. I have the power to conquer my fears.
- One step at a time. One day at a time. One thought at a time. Calm yourself.
With affirmations, it’s helpful to envision peace and tranquility. When repeating a positive affirmation, try doing so in a quiet, realxed place and visualize beautiful scenes, such as a lush green valley at dawn, a beach at sunset, a meadow of beautiful wild flowers, etc.
These quotes are inspirational and very wise:
“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” — Hermann Hesse
“Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.” — Osho
“Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously.” — Norman Vincent Peale
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” — William James
“There’s a lot of stress out there, and to handle it, you just need to believe in yourself; always go back to the person that you know you are, and don’t let anybody tell you any different, because everyone’s special and everyone’s awesome.” — McKayla Maroney
“The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it, or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking.” — Wayne Dyer
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” — Norman Vincent Peale
“Stress is the trash of modern life—we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” — Danzae Pace
Prayer, especially prayer said from the heart with complete sincerity, is extremely powerful. If you’re a person of faith, consider this prayer:
“Dear Lord, I’m so stressed and tired and I need your help. I ask that you forgive my sins and help to clear my mind of negative thoughts. Please be with me and help me to remember that through you, all things are possible. I humbly ask that you guide back on the path to strength and resiliency. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.”
I’m a big believer in praying from the heart, so you may want to write/say your own. If you believe in prayer, rely on it to help get you passed the stress and anxiety that has crept in.
Many Christians read the Bible regularly and these passages can help deal with stress:
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3–4
The best way to deal with stress may be to first acknowledge it. Mindfully acknowledge the stress and anxiety, analyze it and figure out how to best deal with it. Unfortunately, many people simply avoid tackling it and that allows it to fester. Confront it and if nothing helps, absolutely see a qualified professional to help get it under control.