Recite Prayers, Mantras, or Affirmations to Help Lessen Stress and Overwhelm

Recite Prayers, Mantras, or Affirmations to Help Lessen Stress and Overwhelm

When you get stressed or overwhelmed, it can be helpful to recite a prayer, mantra or affirmation. Just what do I mean by a prayer, mantra or affirmation? Well let’s see what has to say


According to Merriam-Webster


Definition of prayer (Entry 1 of 2)

1 a (1): an address (such as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought 

      (2): a set order of words used in praying

   b: an earnest request or wish

2: the act or practice of praying to God or a god


Definition of mantra

: a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating

: a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone's basic beliefs




Definition of affirmation

a :  the act of affirming

b :  something affirmed :  a positive assertion


Find a prayer, mantra or positive affirmation that resonates with you. A couple good prayers to use are the Lord's Prayer or the Serenity Prayer. Some mantras examples you can use are Aum or the Om(Pronounced 'Ohm'), I am that I am, It is well.  A few positive affirmations are I am peaceful and calm, I am safe and secure, I am worthy of all my goals and dreams. Pinterest and Google are great resources for finding Mantras and Positive Affirmations! 


Make a list of a few that you really like or that fit certain situations, like morning, bedtime, or moments of self-doubt.   Then when you are stressed recite one or more to yourself for a minimum of 3 times.  I tend to recite mine 9 times or more(more when I'm extremely stressed!)


To help you keep up with how many times you have recited it, use a Rosary, Prayer Beads set(7, 9, 21 beads on a string/bracelet), or a Mala(108 beads). You can purchase these online or make your own. I want to make a set out of gemstones and lava stone beads to be able to add a couple drops of essential oil to it.


Give this self-care technique a try next time you are stressed or overwhelmed and see how it helps you!


Come back here and let me know what prayer, mantra, or affirmation you found and used!