All of us technically have a mantra, and we may not even be aware of it. You know — it’s that one phrase you tell yourself repeatedly over and over. For some of us, its a positive mantra: I’m amazing. I love my life. I feel happy. And then there are the mantras that many of us are plagued by: I’m so fat. I’m not good enough. I’m so stupid. What if I’m not capable? Many of us hear these phrases in our heads so often that we believe them! So what if we could replace these thoughts with phrases that are not only better for us, but can help us be confident, feel less stressed, and live our best lives? The secret to achieving your best self might just be a simple mantra away…
Ok, what’s a “mantra”
The term “mantra” is an ancient Sanskrit term, used in Hinduism and Buddhism to mean a phrase that was repeated frequently in meditation. Neurologically, mantra training can reduce distractions and calm the mind. It’s also been proven to reduce stress because repetition and focus regulate chemicals in the brain, releasing endorphins and blocking stress hormones like cortisol.
Mantras can be used as a tool for focus during meditation, or a consistent reminder throughout the day to get back on track, or looked to when you’re in a moment of fear, stress or anxiety. The goal is to find a mantra that resonates with you.
Here are some examples of some of our favorite mantras. Find the one that clicks with you and memorize it.. say it to yourself daily or write it on your bathroom mirror. Use it when you are struggling, feeling lonely or self doubting. Remind yourself that you are pretty dang amazing!
“I’m Good Enough”
“I give myself permission to be ok where I am. I know that I am doing my best.”
“I am seeking contentment, not perfection.”
“Don’t go in your mind where your body is not”
“You’re too legit to quit!”
“Forward progress, just keep moving.”
“You are the sky, everything else is just the weather.”
“Anxiety is contagious. And so is calm.”
“Breathe in, I send myself love. Breathing out, I send love to someone else who needs it”
“Be a warrior, not a worrier”
“Don’t ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go.”
“Choose purpose over perfect”
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”
“Feel the fear and do it anyway”
“I am present within myself. I can center myself with the ease of my breath. I feel grounded, confident, worthy and whole”
“I will not stress myself out about things I can’t control or change”
“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength”
“My time is limited and I will not allow the noise of others’ opinions drown out my own inner voice. I will have the courage to follow my heart and intuition.”
Remember, simple words and phrases have the power to interrupt negativity and invite change in life. Discover for yourself how mantras can affect your well-being, confidence and so much more. What’s your favorite personal mantra?
Denise and Emily
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