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8 Best Meditation Mantras For Anxiety

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The most common mental illness in the U.S., severe anxiety is something that affects at least 18% of the population.

Anxiety can surface out of nowhere and turn any moment into a bad experience. When anxiety hits, it is important to have a way to control those thoughts and help calm your body; this is where meditation mantras for anxiety can help.

Mantras are calming statements that you repeat to yourself in order to manage anxiety naturally. It is a large part of meditation and can help readjust your energy to find inner peace and balance.

To use a mantra, repeatedly say your word or phrase to help relax you and reach a desired mental state.

The more you repeat the mantra in your daily life, the more it will affect you by redirecting anxious thoughts to that desired state of mind.

Mantras for Anxiety

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Here are some of the best meditation mantras for anxiety to try.

1. This too shall pass.

This is a classic mantra and a popular quote all in one.

When swarmed by anxious thoughts, we can feel like they will never stop which will only increase the anxiety. Reminding yourself that these thoughts will pass and relief is on its way by repeating this mantra over and over can help you center yourself and acknowledge that this moment will not last forever.

2. All is well.

Another popular mantra, sometimes you just need to hear that everything is going to be okay. Even if you’re hearing those magic words from yourself and not a third party, they are still just as effective.

Acknowledging that things may be hard, but that in the end everything will work out, is the perfect mantra for anyone who's having trouble seeing past the obstacles in front of them.

3. It’s not about me.

This is a great mantra for anyone who worries about how they are being perceived or what people think of them when they are giving a presentation or making speeches.

By reminding yourself that people judge the information you give them and not you personally, you can focus on what’s important.

It's nerve-wracking to feel judged, but at the end of the day, this mantra reminds you that you can't spend time prioritizing what people might think about you.

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4. Be here now.

Worrying is usually centered around the future. Focusing on what could go wrong, what may happen, what the negative outcomes could be, is a sure way to start an anxiety spiral.

This mantra is short and simple and allows you to focus on the moment. Being present is a great way to stop anxious thoughts and focus on what’s in front of you.

Why waste time worrying about the unknown when life is happening right now?

5. Let this be easy.

When you feel overwhelmed by work or are not sure you can handle something, repeating this mantra can ground you.

Thinking positive thoughts about whatever task you are nervous about can help you feel more confident in yourself and your abilities.

Hoping for the best instead of assuming the worst can be a great way to change your mindset. Try it the next time you feel that sense of dread about an upcoming assignment.

6. Positive energy yields positive results.

This mantra is all about getting out what you put in.

If you are expecting the worst and assuming things will not go well, that already starts you off negatively. How you view things can make a real difference in your life.

If you readjust that energy by repeating this mantra, you will be able to focus more on the process and having a positive outlook than a pessimistic approach.

7. Look how far I've come.

Instead of looking ahead to how far you have left, take a moment to look back and reflect on how far you have come.

Repeating this mantra will help you appreciate yourself and the hard work you do and have done in the past.

Taking this moment to acknowledge and congratulate yourself on your successes can help pull your thoughts back to a more positive space.

8. Don’t go into your mind where your body is not.

If you are focused on all the things that could go wrong, this is the mantra for you. This phrase is all about staying in the moment and focusing only on the space where your body currently is.

If you are not currently wherever you are worrying about, do not spend time focusing on that.

Remind yourself where you are and what you are doing; that is what’s important right now.

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Erin Watson is an Editorial Intern. Her main focuses are relationships, horoscopes, and entertainment.