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Positive Affirmations Stress Management

Updated on January 22, 2013
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Marlene spends numerous hours researching solutions to common and sometimes obscure health and beauty issues. She shares her results here.

Relaxing! Positive Affirmations Stress Management can help you create a less stressful life.
Relaxing! Positive Affirmations Stress Management can help you create a less stressful life. | Source

Stress is Normal

Stress is a normal reaction to events in life. When you are confronted with stress, your brain tells your body to produce adrenaline which is a hormone that is released into your bloodstream. This adrenaline is your body’s protective device which helps you cope both physically and emotionally with stressful situations.

Stress Basics
“In looking at the causes of stress, remember that your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response. This has been labeled the "fight-or-flight" response. Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off.” by Mayo Clinic Staff

You are what you think, so your thoughts shape who you are. Your thoughts can also determine how you feel. Positive affirmations stress management is an alternative stress management treatment. Through positive affirmations, you can influence your brain to modify your behavior, thus manage your stress.

Recognizing Stress

Everyone handles stress differently, however there are common symptoms that help you recognize when you might be overly stressed and in need of stress management.

Some symptoms which alert you that it is time to develop a stress management program are:

  • You feel out of control.
  • You cry a lot.
  • You feel constant pressure to accomplish more than you feel capable.
  • You have difficulty concentrating.
  • You have constant feelings of depression, helplessness, anxiety, or panic.
  • Your physical health suffers and for no reason you feel faint, dizzy, and nauseous.
  • You always feel tired and have difficulty falling asleep or getting a good night’s rest.

Certainly, every now and then you will experience some of the above feelings, however when these feelings persist uncontrollably, then this is a signal that you need to take action to manage your stress.

Statistic: Health Care Expenses

Health care expenses are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress. – Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Stress Management

The first step to managing stress is to visit your doctor to rule out unknown physical reasons for the way you feel, as some illnesses, such as heart disease and high blood pressure can cause you to feel faint or nauseous. Before embarking on any stress management treatment, make sure you are indeed healthy and then begin incorporating things you can do to alleviate your feelings of stress.

Causes of Stress

Stress comes in many forms; however, there are two causes of stress.

  • External
    External stressors are events or things that happen which are not under your control and there is nothing you can do but accept them and cope with the situation. Sitting on the freeway during a traffic jam can cause stress. The death of a loved one, starting a new job, deadlines, and interaction with rude store clerks are all activities that contribute to your level of stress.
  • Internal
    Internal stressors are events or things that happen which are under your control. Your own behavior trait may contribute to stress. If you are a negative person, workaholic, have bad eating habits, or always leaving little time to get to work, you are responsible for bringing self-generated stress upon yourself

There are many ways to manage stress, some which include deep breathing, meditation, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercise. There are also alternative stress management techniques which include positive affirmations or “self-talk”.

Speak Only Positive Words

Growing up, I remember how my mother would not allow me to say anything bad, because she believes that what we say comes to life. -- MarleneB

Positive Affirmations Stress Management

Affirmations are, repeatedly, saying the same thing to yourself. Learn how to write your own affirmations using a step-by-step process which includes writing down some positive thoughts on a sheet of paper and then repeating these thoughts over and over, day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. Whatever you repeatedly say to yourself, you will come to believe. So, just keep saying your affirmations in order to focus your mind on what you need to believe. What you believe will cause you to act the way you need to act in order to bring your beliefs to life.

Tips for increasing the chances that your positive affirmations will come true:

  1. Be emotionally tied to your affirmations by developing strong feelings associated with your affirmations.
  2. Act as if your affirmations are already true. Visualize yourself in the moment of realization.
  3. Relax and breathe deeply, using your diaphragm when repeating your affirmations.

With consistent practice, positive affirmations stress management can help you change your behavior to the point where you are able to manage your level of stress. Just as positive self-talk affects your body in a positive way, negative self-talk affects your body in a negative way. When you find yourself saying negative things to yourself, begin immediately to counter negative thoughts and words with positive affirmations.

Master Your Thoughts

Video: Master Your Thoughts

This video is 5:42 in length. It is a relaxing video with gorgeous visuals and beautiful music. It is created by EAffirmations(dot)com. As you watch the video, read and repeat the affirmations to help alleviate stress.

I am the master of my thoughts.
I am the master of my feelings.
I radiate good feelings.
I radiate love.
... more affirmations are on the video to create a feeling of love, calmness, and relaxation.

After viewing the video, write down your own personal affirmations and use your own words to speak out loud as part of your stress management program.

The key to writing successful affirmations is to use "I" with each affirmation. Also, be sure that each affirmation is a single focus such as, "I am stress free", "I have the power to change", and "I am in a great emotional state".

RESOURCES for Positive Affirmations Stress Management

I found the following resources about stress management and affirmations to be very helpful. These organizations publish many reports and additional information on the subject of stress and how affirmations can help manage your stress.


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    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hello Benjamin Chege! Thank you for your feedback. Yes, I have found that saying things out loud makes it more real.

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      Benjamin Chege 

      5 years ago

      Hi Marlene B. As usual, I am motivated and inspired by your hubs. I know having a positive attitude is everything, but your hub has taught me how to make it work for me: by professing it with my mouth and thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you, William Savage, for your positive feedback. Being positive and staying positive is one of those things I learned from my parents. It really does make a difference in the quality of the life we live.

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      Keep Moving Forward 

      6 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland Living in North Greensboro, NC

      I really enjoyed this article and I enjoyed this line in the hub: "You are what you think, so your thoughts shape who you are." A very powerful truth that touches every race. Powerful!!!

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi New Understanding. Thank you for your positive feedback. I remember growing up - my parents were positive thinkers. They didn't allow us kids to utter negative thoughts. In fact, whenever we started to say or do negative things, they would punish us. Naturally, I carried my positive attitude to my adult life. It works! By the way, welcome to HubPages.

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      New Understanding 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Marlene. A really great message. I'm new to the hub scene but loved this article and am a total believer in thought management and controlling it with positive affirmation are another wonderful way to move away from negative thinking.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hello Escobana . Thank you for your positive feedback. I think it is an excellent idea to devote a room for meditating. It is good to have a safe place in your home. I have a small little corner of my house where I go each day and have alone time for the first few minutes of my day. I'm so dedicated to doing it that when I travel, I really miss my little piece of peacefulness. You are going to be so happy with your meditation room.

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      6 years ago from Valencia

      Wonderful Hub MarleneB! You made me remember the time I frequently used affirmations to cope with daily stress in life.

      Now that I read your Hub, I finally know what to do with the spare room I have in my new home. I had a vague idea but reading through the absolute truth in your Hub, I now know what to do with it.

      I'm going to turn it into a meditation room, with a sofa, buddha's, incense, candles and books. It will become my safe space, to speak out my affirmations at the beginning of my day, to meditate in silence and to read in peace.

      I will use my laptop to see more of those videos you added to your Hub and I will download some music with powerful affirmations to repeat over and over, in my room of peace.

      I am big believer of the power of Love!

      Thanks for an excellent Hub! Up, shared and beautiful!

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi alocsin, I think you hit upon something that is very critical - that in order for the body to be able to handle stress, the body needs time to rest and recuperate.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't think stress is such a bad thing -- the problem is, in the modern world, we tend to get it all the time, which doesn't give the body time to recover. Thanks for these tips on managing stress. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      I agree with you rebeccamealey. Remaining humble is the first step and then recognizing that we are blessed really helps a lot. Happy New Year to you, too.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great thoughts for a new year coming up. It is easy to fall into negativity if we aren't humble and count our blessings. happy New Year!

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you, ChristyWrites, for your compliment. I agree there is a lot of stress in the world today. I use positive affirmations throughout the day to help stay calm. It really does work; and it is best when the affirmations are written out and placed where they can be seen at all times.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Well done. So many people have stress and do not always use healthy techniques to get through it.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi rajan jolly, I absolutely believe in positive affirmations. It really makes a difference in the ultimate outcome of every situation. Thank you for your feedback.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Marlene, a very useful hub. I've seen that being positive works wonders in making the impossible possible. You could say I always try to look at the brighter side in even a negative situation. Thanks for sharing some wonderful thoughts. Voted up, useful.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hello janshares and Brett, as you know, a positive attitude is probably the most effective mind frame that leads to success. I have my set of affirmations that I say whenever I need an extra lift. It really does work. Thank you for your positive comments and for sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Marlene, great hub, very informative and straight forward. I believe strongly in affirmations and encourage clients to use them and relaxation techniques. "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay is another excellent resource. It's old but timeless. Voted up and useful.

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      Brett C 

      6 years ago from Asia

      I completely agree. I try to have a positive attitude and see the plus side of life. This takes effort, but makes me enjoy life more and also tends to draw positive people and things into my life ... a great bonus that only makes things even better.

      Shared, up and useful.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi pagesvoice, thank you for your very positive feedback. It's funny you mention your nephew's ex wife. My ex husband use to complain that my family (mom, dad, sister, and brothers) all laughed too much. He accused us of being lazy and not taking life seriously. He just didn't get it... in the face of adversity, we did laugh a lot. That laughing got us through a lot of turmoil. Today, when we get together, we laugh so hard our bodies ache. Life is too short to be sad all the time. I'm giggling now just thinking about my family. Like you, I make it a point to stay positive.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and across. You presented an exceptionally well written and articulated piece and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and watching the video. I remember several years ago a woman who was married to my nephew (now his ex wife) complained to me and said, "Oh Dennis, you think everything is a joke!" My quick retort was, "Well Cheryl, I would rather laugh than cry." I make a point of trying to be positive and fun and I shy away from negative people.

      Positive affirmations are similar to consciously using self the "The Little Train saying I think I can, I think I can."

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi billybuc. Thank you for reading and for your positive comment. I have come a long way from a long list of "losses" - the J-O-B, House, lifestyle... If it were not for positive affirmations, I would be a wreck right now. I had to do some serious self-talk to put my life back on track. I decided to make retirement work, even if it meant living with less. I love my life now and I owe it all to the Lord and the power of positive affirmations. No stress for me either my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such an important message my friend! There are so many people who are defeated before they start because of all the negativity in their heads. Six years ago that stinkin' thinkin' ended for me. Now every day is about positive thoughts and positive energy and I have never been happier....and stress is no longer part of the equation.

      Love the message!


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