We're all guilty of catastrophizing sometimes. When life gets stressful, we often get needlessly worked about about every little thing that's gone wrong, is currently going wrong, or could possibly go wrong in the future. Before your head starts spinning at the thought of your recent friend drama, upcoming exams, or the fight you had with your mom this morning, take a moment to de-stress. Forcing yourself to pause, breathe, and take a step back for just a moment can give you some much-needed perspective -- and will help you to realize that freaking out will only make the situation worse.
We enlisted the help of some great writers and thinkers who know a thing or two about staying centered when life gets crazy. Click through the slideshow below for some of our favorite relaxation mantras.
Tell us: how do you de-stress? Do you have a go-to mantra for when you need to calm down? Share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen.