Does the thought of heading to work make your stomach churn and your heart race with anxiety?
Does your to-do list feel like it’s plotting against you and you can’t seem to escape that never-ending cycle of meetings and deadlines?
Is it even possible to find peace in a sea of emails and work stress?
The truth is, we’re living in a world where work can sometimes feel like a non-stop roller coaster ride, and it’s completely normal to feel the weight of it all.
But guess what? You can condition yourself to have a good time on that roller coaster!
In fact, there’s an incredibly simple yet powerful tool that can help you regain control, find your inner calm, and put a smile back on your face even when you’re having a hectic day at work.
That tool is Affirmations.
The affirmations below are designed specifically to reduce work anxiety and help you handle stress at work effectively.
As suggested by psychologists and therapists, affirmations can help shift your state instantly amidst stressful circumstances.
What are Affirmations?
Affirmations are simple yet powerful sentences that you repeat often to reprogram your mind and redirect your thoughts toward a positive and desired outcome, while at the same time, overcoming negative thoughts and emotions.
Whenever you find yourself stuck in stressful thoughts and emotions of anxiety and overwhelm, you can use these positive affirmations to transform your mental and emotional state immediately and begin overcoming those challenges.
How Positive Affirmations Can Help You Get Rid of Work Anxiety
The words we consistently speak have a direct impact on our subconscious mind. In essence, we program our minds with anything that is said or done repeatedly.
A Research study published in 2013 by J. David Creswell (& colleagues), shows that Self-Affirmations can greatly reduce stress and enhance our problem-solving ability, even in people who tend to be more stressed than usual.
Another study published in 2014 by S. Katherine Nelson (& colleagues) from the University of California suggests a noticeable improvement in the quality of life of people who use affirmations daily.
The participants who used affirmations every day for several weeks noticed a significant enhancement in their overall well-being and flow of life. They experienced a more meaningful and satisfying life.
Positive Affirmations for Work Anxiety and Work Stress
Affirmations to Manage Work Anxiety Triggers
1. I am in control of my reactions to challenges I face at work.
2. I release worry and embrace a sense of calm.
3. I am resilient and capable of handling stress at work.
4. I choose peace and serenity in the face of anxiety triggers.
5. I focus on solutions, not problems.
6. I let go of things I cannot change and find peace within.
7. I trust in my ability to navigate work-related stress effectively.
8. I am stronger than any anxiety that arises in my work.
9. I welcome challenges as opportunities for growth.
10. I am at peace with myself, no matter the circumstances at work.
Affirmations to Stay Calm at Work
1. I remain composed and collected in challenging situations.
2. I radiate calm and positivity in the workplace.
3. I am a source of tranquility in my work environment.
4. I breathe deeply and release tension throughout the day.
5. I stay grounded and focused on my tasks.
6. I bring a sense of serenity to every project I undertake.
7. I am the master of my emotions when it comes to work.
8. I maintain my composure and clarity of thought.
9. I find peace in the midst of a busy workday.
10. I am a calm and capable professional.
Affirmations to Heal Your Relationship with Work
1. I nurture a positive and fulfilling connection with my work.
2. I release any past negativity associated with my job.
3. I approach my work with love and enthusiasm.
4. I am grateful for the opportunities my work provides.
5. I embrace my job as a source of personal growth.
6. I create a harmonious relationship with my career.
7. I find joy and purpose in my daily tasks.
8. I let go of any resentment towards my job and coworkers.
9. I align myself with my true calling.
10. I am at peace with my work and my life.
Affirmations for Overcoming Overwhelm at Work
1. I break overwhelming tasks into manageable steps.
2. I am in control of my workload, and I prioritize effectively.
3. I stay calm and focused during chaotic workdays.
4. I handle pressure with ease and grace.
5. I trust my abilities to manage multiple tasks.
6. I release the need to be perfect. I do my best and that’s enough.
7. I find peace in the midst of chaos.
8. I am a skilled problem solver, even under pressure.
9. I delegate tasks when needed to lighten my load.
10. I maintain a clear and organized workspace.
Affirmations for Performance Anxiety
1. I am fully capable of meeting and exceeding expectations.
2. I thrive under pressure and deliver my best work.
3. I trust in my skills and abilities to perform at my peak.
4. I embrace challenges as opportunities to shine.
5. I am confident in my preparation and dedication.
6. I let go of self-doubt and embrace self-assurance.
7. I am a valuable asset to my team and organization.
8. I stay calm and focused during presentations and meetings.
9. I radiate confidence and poise in all my work-related tasks.
10. I am a high-performing professional.
Affirmations for a Stressful Day at Work
1. I remain centered and composed, no matter the circumstances.
2. I handle unexpected challenges with grace and resilience.
3. I release tension and stress from my body and mind.
4. I maintain a positive outlook, even on difficult days.
5. I find moments of joy and laughter throughout my workday.
6. I am adaptable and resourceful in any situation.
7. I am in control of my reactions to stress.
8. I focus on the bigger picture and stay motivated.
9. I am a beacon of positivity in my workplace.
10. I end my day feeling accomplished and at peace.
Affirmations for Dealing with Difficult Colleagues
1. I respond to difficult colleagues with patience and understanding.
2. I maintain my professional integrity in all interactions.
3. I am a source of positivity and support to my coworkers.
4. I let go of any negative energy that others may bring.
5. I focus on my own growth and success, unaffected by others.
6. I communicate effectively and assertively when necessary.
7. I am skilled at diffusing tense situations with grace.
8. I choose not to take on the negative emotions of others.
9. I am constantly learning and improving my collaboration skills.
10. I cherish the colleagues who are supportive.
Affirmations to Deal with Stressful Bosses
1. I handle interactions with my boss calmly and professionally.
2. I communicate openly and honestly with my supervisor.
3. I am confident in my abilities and contributions to the team.
4. I maintain a respectful and productive relationship with my boss.
5. I focus on solutions rather than dwelling on challenges.
6. I am resilient in the face of any work-related stress.
7. I maintain my self-worth regardless of my boss’s opinions.
8. I am empowered to voice my needs and concerns.
9. I choose to learn from my experiences with my boss.
10. I find creative ways to build rapport with my boss.
Affirmations to Boost Confidence and Competence at Work
1. I believe in my skills and expertise.
2. I am constantly learning and growing in my role.
3. I am competent and capable in my work.
4. I radiate confidence in all areas of my professional life.
5. Challenging tasks enhance my competence and polish my skills.
6. I trust my decision-making and problem-solving skills.
7. I am self-assured and capable in everything I do.
8. I am a confident and effective communicator.
9. I am recognized and appreciated for my contributions.
10. I am a competent and successful professional.
Affirmations for Work-Life Balance
1. I prioritize self-care and well-being in my life.
2. I create boundaries that protect my work-life balance.
3. I cherish quality time with my loved ones.
4. I find joy and fulfillment in activities outside of work.
5. I am in control of my schedule and time management.
6. I maintain harmony between my professional and personal life.
7. I release guilt about taking time for myself.
8. I am present and fully engaged in each aspect of my life.
9. I make a conscious choice to create space for other aspects of life outside of work.
10. I am fulfilled both in my career and personal pursuits.
Affirmations for Starting a New Job
1. I embrace this new opportunity with excitement and confidence.
2. I am prepared and capable of succeeding in my new role.
3. I approach my new job with an open mind and enthusiasm.
4. I am adaptable and quick to learn in new environments.
5. I form positive relationships with my new colleagues.
6. I trust that this job aligns with my goals and aspirations.
7. I bring my unique strengths and talents to my new position.
8. I will make sure I’m a valuable addition to my workplace.
9. I am excited about the growth and possibilities this job offers.
10. I am ready to excel in my new job.
See the full article on Affirmations for Starting a New Job (COMING SOON).
How to Use Affirmations for Work Stress
|Pick the top 10 affirmations for work anxiety that are relevant to your particular situation and resonate with you the most. The ones that connect with you on a deeper level and feel the most meaningful to you.
|Write those affirmations on paper or on your phone and dedicate 5-10 minutes each day to focus on these affirmations. Pick a time that suits you best. First thing in the morning, during lunch break, before bed, you name it.
|As you say these affirmations for insecurity, visualize them as if it’s your current reality. Vividly see yourself in a confident and relaxed state, handling tasks with ease, achieving your goals, and operating at your best potential.
|As you do this practice, notice the shifts in your state of mind. Notice how you subtly grow more relaxed and confident, feeling a sense of motivation and productivity. Also notice any doubts, negative thoughts, or anxiety creeping in during this practice. Acknowledge those thoughts and gently let them go. It’s okay. You’re doing just fine. Just bring your focus back on positive and proactive thoughts and visualization.
|Be gentle and patient with yourself. It can take some time to start reaping the benefits of this practice. If you don’t feel any significant improvement in the first couple of days, it’s okay. Just trust the process and be consistent in your use of these affirmations.
|Periodically switch up your list of top 10 affirmations and pick new affirmations from this list. Bookmark this page so it’s easier for you to return to this list.
|Remember that affirmations are a “tool” designed to help you positively reprogram your mind toward improvement. Affirmations work best when complemented with practical actions such as setting goals for improvement, taking measures to eliminate negativity and distractions as much as possible, and making everyday choices that help you get desired outcome.
Additional Resources for Work Anxiety
Watch this video by the therapist Emma McAdam who shares her experiences with work stress and anxiety:
Also, make sure to check out the following affirmations that might be relevant to your specific needs:
- Affirmations for Stage Fright
- Affirmations for Social Anxiety
- Affirmations to Eliminate Self-Doubt
- Grounding Affirmations to Center Your Energy
- Affirmations for Job Interviews (Coming Soon)
Hope these affirmations serve you well in overcoming work anxiety. Best of luck with your career. Wishing you all the success and prosperity.
See you in the next one!