What are Affirmations and Mantras for Mental Health?

Affirmations and mantras help you shape and cultivate your mental health and wellbeing. Repeated over time, the affirmations and mantras affect how we perceive ourselves, others, and life itself. 

Explanation of Affirmations for Mental Health

Affirmations are statements that express and assert a desire or belief. They’re stated either as a polite yet firm wish, such as “May I be at peace,” or as a representation of how you are at your core even if you don’t always feel that way, such as “I am peaceful.” Either way, the idea is that you have that quality within you already. By repeating the affirmation, you are reminding yourself of your strengths and goals. Here are some examples of positive affirmations.

Explanation of Mantras for Mental Health

Mantras are words, short phrases, or sounds that help you focus your mind. They’re often used in meditation by sitting comfortably and mentally or verbally repeating it, returning your attention to the mantra when your mind wanders. You might, for example, repeat the phrase “peace and calm” for several minutes while sitting quietly at a break during your busy day. Check out these positivity mantras that promote mental health.

How to Use Affirmations and Mantras to Improve Your Mental Health

Some tips for using affirmations and mantras for your mental health:

  • Decide what you want to cultivate. Calm? Happiness? Focus? Motivation?
  • Write statements of affirmation and place them where you’ll see them during your day. Pause and read them thoughtfully whenever you see them.
  • Choose a single word or short phrase to act as a mantra. Pick a regular time to meditate and repeat the mantra. Set a timer, and keep it short at first—even just one minute

Repeating affirmations and mantras regularly teaches your brain what to focus on. You gradually begin to internalize these positives rather than focusing on what you don’t actually want.

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Peterson, T. (2021, July 6). What are Affirmations and Mantras for Mental Health?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: July 6, 2021

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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