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10 Mantras to help you stay calm in times of stress

A mantra is a phrase or sentence that you can fall back on when things get tense. While its premise is simple, it has proven health benefits. Here are examples of mantras that can help ease your anxiety.

Samantha Z. Beltran

Struggling with stress or anxiety? These common tensions can create an impact on your daily mood, hinder your productivity, and even affect your wellbeing. While there are different ways to manage and care for your mental health, one of the easiest methods you can stay calm every day is through mantras or affirmations.

Words are powerful. They can shape your thoughts and affect your emotions—and you must choose your words carefully, even to yourself.

Think about it: when you are struggling with a deadline or a serious task, what do you tell yourself? Is it “I can’t do this?” or “I’ll never get this done in time?”

What you say can shape your emotions. But if you tell yourself something positive, you learn to internalize and manifest this mantra.

Ready to start living more joyfully? Start with these mantras that can help you stay calm in times of stress or anxiety.


I am (word).

This three-word sentence can do wonders in helping you manifest positive qualities within yourself. Fill this in with the word or adjective you want to be for that day, or that you would want to work towards becoming: “I am love,” “I am compassion,” “I am peace.”

You can even fill this in with simpler, more concrete words that help affirm yourself: “I am good,” “I am kind,” “I am smart,” “I am capable.” Repeating this to yourself can help you produce your desired outcome.


This feeling will pass. It does not control me.

People who undergo stress or anxiety know the feeling of emotion taking over your body and crippling your senses and ability to function. Our range of feelings is what makes us beautifully human, and recognizing the feeling—whether anxiety or stress—creep up is normal, instead of suppressing it.

By saying this, you tell yourself that you have this feeling, and you will let it pass through your body—but it does not control you.


I am safe and secure.

Sometimes, all it takes is a little self-reminder that you are safe, secure, and even loved. Time to stop seeking validation from others and start assuring yourself of what you are and what you have.


This is not about me.

Sometimes, we hinder ourselves from accomplishing truly great things because we get caught up in the little details. Are you giving a big speech or doing a presentation? Maybe you’re worried about how people will perceive you. Time to remind yourself of the big picture and tell yourself: “This is not about me.”

Telling yourself this mantra takes away the spotlight from you and helps you see things from a bigger perspective: Are you providing an important message that people need to hear, or will it help make you achieve your goals? Then how people see you shouldn’t matter as much, because you’re here making a difference.


I deserve to live with peace and ease.

Claiming that you deserve a peaceful, easy, and calm life can help you manifest this. In times of trouble or anxiety, repeat this and you will manifest it.


Here are other daily affirmations you can use to handle stress:

  • I release all negativity in my mind and body.
  • I deserve to unwind and recharge today.
  • I have done more than enough today.
  • I am proud of myself for trying.
  • I can be anxious and still finish this task.


By reciting these simple mantras, you can help put your mind at ease, reframe your perspective, and adopt a positive mindset that helps you make the most out of your life. As you control your stress, might as well look into how you can achieve total wellbeing by taking care of your physical, mental and emotional, social, and financial wellbeing. You can know more about that here.

For your financial wellbeing, start looking into financially protecting yourself. Schedule a financial checkup and planning session with an FWD financial advisor. Only by achieving total wellbeing can you live the joy of wellbeing.