69 Short Positive Affirmations for Stress and Anxiety When You’re a Caregiver.

We were in the car when my dad dropped the bomb. “I’ve got Lung Cancer,” he said casually as if we were talking about the weather. I had no idea what to say… no clue how to respond.   

I just sat there shocked. Trying to catch my breath, and silently wiping at the tears that were slipping down my cheeks.  

I could feel the panic coursing through my body. I know I was having an anxiety attack, but I just kept saying over and over again in my head. “Just keep breathing. It’s okay. We’re gonna be okay.”      

I had no idea at the time, that this way of dealing with anxiety symptoms (repeating that phrase to myself over and over) was even a thing. But, it is. And it works… It’s something I use constantly as a caregiver.

Affirmations are a type of positive self-talk.  

yOUNG WOMAN SITTING IN nature trying to relax.  Text overlay says Positive affirmations for caregiver stress and anxiety.

Positive messages, powerful phrases, or strong reminders to help you get through anxious feelings or emotional distress. They can also help you push out negative thoughts and replace them with positive thinking.

You can use these positive thoughts during stressful situations …

  • To get through a situation where panic attacks are likely.  “Just keep breathing. It’s okay. We’re gonna be okay.” 
  • As a reminder of how to handle times of stress before they happen (kind of like practicing before the big game). “I feel anxious, but that’s okay. I’ve been here before and I know how to get through it.”  
  • As a reminder to reach a goal you want to improve in everyday life. “I will find something each and every day to be thankful for.”  

Managing your mental state is an ongoing and complex job during a cancer situation. There are so many things that can negatively affect you. Our state of mind is a compilation of our past, and present thoughts and feelings. 

So, when times are tough, full of fear and uncertainty, and your stress levels are out of control… managing your mental state is more important than ever.

When it comes to managing your mental state, self awareness is a major factor. Understanding how you feel, where those feelings are coming from, and why you have those particular feelings, helps you begin to manage your mental state. 

Processing your feelings is much easier said than done. That stuff is often worked through with a therapist or a counselor (which I am actually a huge supporter of).

But, as a caregiver, you barely have time to brush your teeth, much less process all of these intense feelings.


  • If you feel like you should talk to someone but have no idea how you would find the time.
  • Or,  if the idea of sitting in a room with someone telling them your darkest secrets is extremely intimidating… 

The changes in the world over the last few years have made it EASY to talk to a therapist from wherever you are.

Talkspace gives you access to a licensed therapist on YOUR schedule and from the comfort of your home.  They work with some insurances and offer tools and solutions to help you navigate the challenges and anxiety that will pop up as a result of this situation.  

Worried that you won’t be able to talk freely to a therapist?  A lot of these conversations are done by text, so you won’t have to worry about being overheard or interrupted constantly.  

It’s like having just one more weapon in your arsenal to get through this situation.

You can learn more about Talkspace here…

Positive affirmations are a simple way to enhance your state of mind. They’re positive phrases you repeat to yourself daily. You can try talking to yourself in the mirror in the mornings, or reminding yourself while you’re driving.

Telling yourself things like, “I am confident” or “I am relaxed and at peace” will sink into your subconscious mind. And over the long term, you will start to believe the positive statements you have repeated to yourself.  

Using quick powerful tools to combat negative feelings and negative emotions really works.

  • Affirmation (positive self-talk)
  • Meditation (15 minutes per day to sit in silence and clear your head does wonders for your mental state) 
  • Deep breathing techniques (breathing in through your nose and out through the mouth will slow your heart rate and help to curb anxiousness) 

Establishing a daily practice has a lot of positive benefits. It’s a great way to focus on a more positive direction. It will also lower anxiety levels, help you achieve stress relief, and reduce feelings of panic. 

Head’s up… If you’re drowning in the overwhelm of a cancer diagnosis, we can help you SIMPLIFY the complex issues that come with cancer.  
  • Finding the best care
  • Talking with your insurance company
  • Finding resources that will actually help
  • Dealing with the fear, anxiety, and overwhelm of this whole situation.

You can get the Cancer Combat Plan FREE here…

69 Positive Affirmations for Stress and Anxiety

Caregiver taking 5 minutes in bed reading her affirmations before starting the day.
  1. I feel anxious, but that’s okay. I’ve been here before and I know how to get through it.
  2. I will focus on the things I love to get me through.
  3. No matter what happens today, I will be OK.
  4. I KNOW I can do this. 
  5. I am going to fight and I’m going to win.
  6. I will find something each and every day to be thankful for.
  7. I choose to be hopeful.  
  8. I have everything I need inside of me to handle whatever challenges come flying at me.
  9. This is tough, but I’m tougher.
  10. I will stop what I’m doing and take deep breaths when things get stressful today.
  11. I will think outside the box and find solutions to today’s challenges.
  12. I am doing the best I can.
  13. I am resilient and, I will get through this.
  14. I will focus on finding the good in this situation.
  15. I will find the light even in the darkness.
  16. I will take this situation one day at a time.
  17. I will use my strengths to get through this. I know being flexible (insert your own strength here) will help me get through this situation.
  18. I am listening to the lessons cancer is trying to teach me.
  19. I’m stronger than I think.
  20. I can handle this.
  21. I can do this.
  22. I’ve been knocked down before. I will keep getting back up.
  23. I will forgive myself for my frustrations today and do better tomorrow.
  24. I will choose one thing today to look forward to.
  25.  I don’t have to understand everything right now.
  26. I can get through anything.
  27. I have the ability to overcome any challenges life throws at me.
  28. I will remember today that this is hard because it matters.
  29. Cancer can’t take away my heart, laughter, love, family….
  30.  Life was not meant to be easy.
  31. It doesn’t matter what happens today, it matters how I handle it.
  32. Tomorrow is a new day and a chance to try again.
  33. I accept that I can’t control this.
  34. I’m not afraid to work hard for myself and the people I love.
  35. I can solve any problem.
  36. I will not let fear take control of me.
  37. I can and will survive anything life throws at me.
  38. I can find hope in any situation.
  39. I don’t have to solve everything today.
  40. I am doing the best that I can.  
  41. I will use the knowledge and skills I have to get through this.
  42.  When I have done what I can, I choose to let my mind rest.
  43.  I am becoming the kind of person who can survive this storm.
  44. I am flexible and can adapt when life doesn’t go according to plan.
  45. Courage doesn’t mean having no fear, but I can face the obstacles despite that fear.
  46.  I will be brave even if I don’t feel like it.
  47. I am not afraid to work hard and show up for the people who matter.
  48. I know when to keep going on a path and when to change course.
  49. I don’t have to do this alone. I have people in my life who support, encourage, and inspire me.
  50. Life is full of constant changes. I will adjust my sails and roll with them.
  51. This is just one chapter in my life. Not the whole story.
  52. It’s sink or swim and I am damn sure going to swim.
  53. No matter what happens today, I can push through.
  54. When I fall down, I’ll just get back up.
  55. I will write down one thing I can do every day to get through this.
  56. I can be flexible and roll with the punches.
  57. I am calmer with each deep breath I take.
  58.  I am in control.
  59. With every breath, I inhale strength and exhale fear.
  60. I do not have to prove myself to anyone.
  61. I forgive myself for not being perfect.
  62. There are no mistakes, that’s why pencils have erasers.
  63. I deserve things that are good.
  64. I am being guided and protected by God at all times.
  65. I believe in myself and in my ability to get through tough times.
  66. Everything will be okay.
  67. I will get through this moment. One breath at a time.
  68. No matter what challenges come my way, I can overcome them.
  69. I will not worry about things I cannot control.

I know how incredibly difficult it is when the cancer bomb drops into your family. The intense fear and nonstop worrisome thoughts occupy your mind every second. These anxiety affirmations are an easy, positive way to reduce stress on a bad day.  

P.S. If you have no idea how to deal with a cancer diagnosis, we can help you formulate a plan to SIMPLIFY the complex “stuff” that comes with this disease…  
  • Finding the best care
  • Talking with your insurance company.
  • Finding resources that will actually help.
  • Dealing with the fear, anxiety, and overwhelm of this whole situation.

We can’t control the cancer, but we CAN show you how to manage this crisis.   And it’s 100% Free. 

You can get the Cancer Combat Plan FREE here…

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