To calm myself, I started thinking about yoga breathing that makes me so relaxed. Along with that comes a number of phrases various teachers have suggested over the years.
The one I personally love, is something to the effect of...
Breathe in strength (or light or energy),
Breathe out what doesn't serve you.
Sunrise at the top of Bolan Mt.
This has always resonated well with me and brings a lot of comfort. I like the idea of mentally dumping everything I no longer need that clutters up the important stuff in life.
Do you have a phrase that serves as your mantra when you're stressed or overwhelmed?