2016 has been off to a rocky start for me already. I've had a lot of negativity find its way into my life and I definitely started to let it get the best of me. The thing about negativity is that when it gets too overwhelming, it starts to control the way you function throughout your day to day life.
I've grown tired of letting negativity control how I'm living so I've made it my mission now to wake up every morning and start the day off right.
Most of you already know what a "mantra" is. For those of you who do not, it's a word or phrase that you repeat to yourself - usually in meditation. It is something that has deep meaning and resonates with your current situation. I enjoy taking these mantras out of my meditative practices and using them in my daily life.
Mantras are a great start to bettering your overall mental health. For me, mantras work best when I can focus on a particular phrase and utilize it throughout my day. If it's a longer mantra I will write it down on a sticky note and post it on my bathroom mirror or in my bullet journal. If it's one that is easy to remember I will simply repeat it to myself throughout the day.
Mantras can be whatever you want them to be.
Maybe it's just a single word, like "believe." For you starting the day off thinking of this word in particular and continuing to repeat it throughout your day, may be the perfect way to remind yourself to actually believe. Believe in yourself. Believe in those around you. Believe in the universe to lead you in the right direction.
A phrase may be more useful to you. Try repeating to yourself, "let it be." This isn't only a phenomenal song by The Beatles, but a truly great piece of advice. Introducing this phrase into your day may allow you to be more willing to go with the flow.
Below are 5 mantras that I suggest you try repeating to yourself throughout the day - starting as soon as you wake up!
1. Live for today.
As someone who has a mind that wanders into the future, this mantra has been very useful for me. It's important to be aware of the present moment. Have the now be your sole focus and use your peripheral vision to keep your eyes on the future.
2. I can & I will. / My potential is unlimited.
Doubting ourselves is common. More common than you may think. Even the most successful people have felt some sort of reluctance. Believing in yourself is the first step to realizing your true potential.
3. I will see the light inside of the darkness.
When times are not ideal, we tend to focus in on the negativity that surrounds us. I know because I've been there. When times are tough it's important to see the positivity that is coming out of the situation. Focusing on the negative will only force you to become negative.
4. There is beauty in everything & everyone.
Sometimes our faith in humanity gets hindered. You hear awful stories on the news and it can really become discouraging, as if the number of "good people" in the world is decreasing. Reminding yourself that there are so many beautiful people and beautiful things in the world is a great way to boost your overall view of the universe as a whole.
5. Have faith.
Simple and to the point. Have faith in yourself. Have faith in your surroundings. Have faith in the world and it's ability to lead you in the right direction.
What mantras do you enjoy living by? Do you connect with any of these above?
May your days be filled with positive thoughts and feelings of joy! If you're finding it hard to stay positive, hang up some mantras or positive reminders around your home. Allow yourself to fill your surroundings with positive vibes!