You know when you feel like you have a million and one things to do and NO time to do them? When your to-do list just seems to be getting longer and longer as the day goes on? Or when you’re so overwhelmed that even the smallest of tasks puts you over the edge?
Well, we’ve all been there. And this is exactly where a mantra comes in handy!
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How mantras work
First of all – what exactly is a mantra?
A mantra is a word or phrase that you repeat to yourself in order to alter your consciousness and re-shape the way you see your reality. Sounds like magic, right? It’s pretty close to it!
Here’s why it works – our reality is shaped by the way we think about reality. And the way we think about reality is shaped by what we say.
For example, if you’re constantly putting yourself down by saying “I’m so stupid” or “I’m so ugly”, you’ll start to truly believe it! The more you say these negative things about yourself, the more your brain will think it’s a fact.
Mantras work, therefore, by instilling positive ways of thinking into your mind by”forcing” you to think good thoughts! When it comes to mantra, the magic truly lies in the words!
Mantras and stress
A mantra is in essence a form of meditation. And like all mediation, it has the ability to alter your mindset by bringing you a deep sense of calm.
Mindset is THE most important thing you can focus on when trying to do or achieve anything in life. Among other things, your mindset can help you:
- reach your career goals
- manage your mental health
- improve your self-esteem
- reach your fitness goals
- make friends
It can also help you attain a much calmer state of mind when you’re feeling stressed out!
The following 5 mantras are specially designed to target a stressed-out mindset. I recommend writing them down either on your phone, on your laptop, or anywhere near your workspace so that you’ll be able to quickly refer back to them the next time you feel your stress levels on the rise!
The 5 anti-stress mantras
Mantra #1: I will not hesitate, I will just do what I need to do
This has worked absolute wonders for me, as I’m sure it will for you too.
If you feel like you’re at a standstill because you just don’t know where to start – this will help give you some clarity and motivation. It will push you along to just start doing what you’ve gotta do! It could be anything from doing your laundry, to exercising, to studying, to working on your goals and dreams!
Mantra #2: I will accept what I cannot control
Many of us tend to get frustrated and stressed out over things that we have no way of controlling. One of the biggest examples is frustration over what other people do.
This is completely wasted energy. Why? Because it’s impossible for you to control! You have NO power over other people – you only have power over yourself. So all you need to focus on? You! This mantra will help remind you of this.
Related Article: How to Let Go of Things You Can’t Control to Live Anxiety-Free
Mantra #3: With every deep breath I take, I feel myself becoming more calm
Taking deep breaths is an amazing way to immediately feel calmer and more at peace. However, when we have an overwhelmed mindset, we often forget about doing this. Instead, we tend to take short, shallow breaths that make us feel more anxious and more on edge!
This mantra will remind you to STOP what you’re doing and take some deep breaths. Once you’ve finished, you’ll be able to return to your work in a much more centred and aligned state of mind.
Mantra #4: I accept myself as I am
A lot of the time we can get quite frustrated and overwhelmed because we doubt ourselves and don’t believe that we can do something. We may fear that if we try something new – whether that’s a new project or just a new recipe – we’ll make a mistake or fail completely.
This way of thinking is toxic, and is just getting in the way of you doing what you need to do! This mantra will help take the focus away from your flaws and help you accept yourself as you are – imperfections and all.
Mantra #5: I’ve done more than enough today
This last one’s designed for all you over-achievers out there (myself included!).
Too often we set WAY too high expectations for ourselves with regards to how much we want to cross off our to-do list. We’re not superhuman, and we’re only awake for about 14-16 hours a day! We need to leave time for resting, enjoying, socializing, eating, etc.
If you’re anything like me though, you’ll constantly feel guilty about not having done enough in your day, regardless of how much you’ve actually done (which is usually more than you think!). This mantra will help remind you to be more realistic. And even if you haven’t had an overly productive day – it happens! You always have tomorrow.
The more you incorporate these positive anti-stress mantras into your daily routine, the more calm and centred you will feel as you work your way through your to-do list.
Remember: YOU have the power to change your mindset and re-wire your thoughts. All it takes is dedication and practice!
To learn more about how you can harness the power of your thoughts to design your life for the better, check out all of my self-care resources!