Affirmations for stress, health, success, self esteem, financial abundance or personal growth can be very useful for "talking yourself" into a better state of mind and body. Because the emotional, mental and physical effects of stress are so harmful, consider making a conscious habit of using positive self-talk and mind power techniques to reduce your own stress levels.
The best time to use affirmations for stress is AS SOON as you realize that you are experiencing the symptoms.
There are many mind power techniques that can make your affirmations more powerful. When you combine affirmations with the skillful use of breathing, self hypnosis, creative visualization and/or meditation, for example, you integrate the words at deeper levels, and those intentions become even more powerful.
When using affirmations, avoid just reciting and repeating a string of meaningless words. Instead, energize your practice with the feelings and mental images you want to have more of in your life.
Here are some of my favorite affirmations for stress reduction:
These affirmations for stress work best when you use your breath and imagination to see yourself calm and in control.
For specific instructions on using affirmations with deep breathing, please see
the instructions in my article about Overcoming Anxiety while Driving. (The mind power technique uses autosuggestion with breath to help calm anxiety. It works in all situations and is not specific to driving).