A mantra is a motto that helps root you to your closest morals and values. In meditation, it’s used to clear your mind and help you connect with your inner self. This is done by allowing you to direct your mind to positive, beneficial thoughts and away from the negative.
You can use mantras in your daily life in the same way.
Whether you’re feeling happy, sad, or overwhelmed, try repeating these mantras to help you feel a little bit more in control of your life and your emotions.
When you’re unhappy with your body
Repeat “Just because she’s beautiful doesn’t mean I’m not” to yourself when you are feeling self-conscious about how you look, especially if this feeling was brought on by seeing someone else in person or even in a magazine. This will help reaffirm that, yes, that person might be attractive, but that doesn’t in any way take away from your own beauty and shining light.
When you’re mad at yourself
Saying “It’s okay to forgive myself for all the mistakes I’ve made” can help you remember that mistakes happen, but it’s important to realize how to move on and grow from them. Punishing yourself for something that you did–or something that was out of your control–isn’t going to make it go away.
We all make mistakes, so be a little kinder to yourself about the ones you make.
When you’re overwhelmed
The phrase “I put a lot of pressure on myself and it’s okay to step back” can help you focus on yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Responsibilities with class, clubs, work, and family can pile on and it’s okay to take some time for yourself.
Repeating this mantra can not only help you remember that your mental and physical health are a priority, but it can also help give you the courage to step away from some of your lesser responsibilities and learn how to say no.
When you’re sad
Telling yourself “It’s okay to feel vulnerable and crying doesn’t make me weak” can help you remember that feeling is okay. If you’re known as the “strong friend,” this can also help to remind you that just because you’re given that label doesn’t mean that you’re not entitled to moments of emotional vulnerability. Feel free to cry for yourself and don’t be afraid to reach out to a friend or family member for support.
When you’re worried about the future
Repeating the phrase “I am in charge of what will happen in my life and I am capable of making that future bright” can give you the confidence-boost you need to tackle any problems. Don’t stress over what you can’t control, but remember that you have the power to find happiness and success in your own life.
When you’re feeling happy
“I am happy, confident, and content with the person I am today” is a phrase you can use when you are feeling positive to help you root into that emotion and tackle your day. Focusing on your happiness like this can also help you to remember it more clearly when you’re feeling less confident. It can help remind you that you have reasons to feel good about who you are.