The Mantras That Helped Me Recover From Anxiety & Depression

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Today I am happy, peaceful, and living my potential—but it wasn’t always this way.

Almost a decade ago, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. At the time, I was also suffering from eating disorders and addicted to drugs. But my turning point was when I learned the power of positive thinking and retraining my brain to focus on the good, in the form of meditation and mantras. I created a strong foundation for healing and positive growth. Mantras or affirmations are words and phrases that are repeated often to help us retrain our brains and align with our true selves so we can feel better instantly.

Mantras are an excellent tool for happiness because they align your thoughts to recondition the fear-based mind. Here are a few of my favorite mantras for attracting more abundance. Repeat them daily and see if they help you feel more secure too:

All my needs are always met.

There is no need for you to stay in any situation that no longer serves you. If an area of your life feels strained because you don’t understand how it could possibly work out, you can turn to trust. Plenty of possibilities are available to you when you are open to receiving.

Repeat after me:

"I admit I sometimes get ahead of myself and become consumed with frustration. I release my need to know the outcome and align with my inner self."

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The universe has a plan greater than mine.

Life rarely turns out exactly like we think it will. Perhaps you felt you would have a family, but instead you have a fulfilling career. Perhaps you studied one subject in school and have pursued a path that has nothing to do with it. The reality is we often want something, and life ends up delivering something else. This is because the universe has a greater plan than the one you imagine. Have faith in your inner wisdom and trust the timing of your dreams. It is time for you to stop resisting and let the universe take over. You may feel conflicted or unsure of this new path, but now is the time to turn inward and trust the nudges coming to you. The universe is always guiding you, and the inspiration from within will lead you in the right direction.

Repeat after me:

"I don’t always get what I want, but I will always get what I truly need. I may feel stuck and at a standstill at times, but when I turn inward I know all is in order."

Everything is in divine order.

Close your eyes and wish upon a star. The universe is working out a divine plan for you, and all is in your favor. Feel hopeful and purposeful. Believe in your dreams. In this moment, you may feel paused or stuck. This is only temporary, as readjusting is in process.

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Repeat after me:

"There is a sacred timing to everything in my life. I release any concern that I am not where I need to be. I have made no mistakes and where I am in this moment is perfect."

Abundance and joy are my birthrights.

There is no need for you to be in fear. Joy is natural to you. Stop holding onto negative and fearful thoughts. There is no need to worry, as you were born to be happy. Instead of giving your attention to things that bother you, allow them to fall away. Harmony will soon come to you, as joy and abundance are your birthrights.

Repeat after me:

"I am not my worries or concerns. I am so much bigger than any dilemmas in my life. I choose to see the good in each situation, and I focus my attention on all that is well. I am joyful and connected to my truth."

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When I follow my heart, I am abundant, successful, and free.

We are told from a very young age that our lives must follow a certain path. This all depends on your family’s beliefs, the culture in which you live, and even the era in which you grow up. We are not encouraged to follow our hearts but told survival is based solely on logical thinking. This message is trying to tell you that wonderful things can happen in your life when you decide to let your heart make decisions for your head and not the other way around. Drop to your heart for more clarity. Perhaps you worry about all your needs being met. Today is a day to remember that when you are happy, you are always abundant and successful. All of your past decisions have led you to where you are today. By celebrating the present moment, you will feel the freedom within. Your heart is always speaking to you; now is the time to listen.

Repeat after me:

"I turn inward to listen to my heart. I trust the guidance from within. I remove all external critics and release the need to fit in. When I follow my heart, all falls into place. I am free."

I embrace the space between where I am and where I want to be.

Slow down. You may be too focused on the outcome. When you can add more love to this moment, you will embrace the process more. Instead of racing to meet your goal, savor the sweet moments along the way. Through the process, you become who you are meant to be. Allow yourself to be more present in the journey, which will help you grow.

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Repeat after me:

"I am in no rush. I simply savor the sweet moments of my life and trust the divine unfolding of everything in its right time and place. I look forward to learning new things as I grow more into my best self."

My positive thoughts create desired results.

You have an opportunity to create a more fulfilling outcome than what you are currently experiencing. If you are unhappy with an area of your life and you worry things are not going as well as you hoped, it could be because of your thoughts. Check in with yourself and see if your thoughts about the situation have been more negative. There is no room for negative thoughts in the manifestation process. Allow yourself to go inward and reach for good-feeling thoughts. Positive thoughts will help you manifest your desires more rapidly. We get what we focus on, and you have the power to get what you want by focusing on the positive aspects.

Repeat after me:

"I no longer focus on what is going wrong and instead turn all my attention to the outcome I desire. I know that remaining positive is essential for me to manifest my ideal outcome. I focus fully on what I want and release all fear and negativity by focusing on positive thoughts."

The perfect companion to any mantra? A journaling practice. These writing rituals will help you get clear on where your blocks are so you can break through them.

Adapted from an excerpt of Find Your Happy Daily Mantras: 365 Days of Motivation for a Happy, Peaceful, and Fulfilling Life with permission from the publisher.

Shannon Kaiser

Author, Speaker
Shannon Kaiser is a best-selling author, international speaker, retreat leader, and teacher. Her much-anticipated new book, The Self-Love Experiment, will be released in August 2017. She’s been named on of the Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by mindbodygreen and "One of the freshest voices in mental health and wellness" by Chicken Soup for the Soul. Shannon's the founder of PlayWithTheWorld.com, named one of the Top 75 Personal Development Websites, and Top 100 Self-Help Blogs by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Her work has been recognized in media outlets across the globe such as HuffPost Live, Health Magazine, Australian Vogue, Women’s Health, Spirituality & Health, and Entrepreneur magazine. Everything Shannon does is to empower you to believe in and trust yourself, so you can live your ideal life. Grab a free "Manifest Your Ideal Life" meditation at PlayWithTheWorld.com. Connect on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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