Have you ever lived or worked in an environment that was so negative, that you found yourself getting caught up in that negativity? We all have. But, it’s not just other people that can suck us into a negative state. Our own thoughts can do that too. And, that’s where mantras can help.
Do certain thoughts ever get stuck in your head? Sometimes they’re positive ones that make you feel like you can do anything. But sometimes our brain starts churning out some really nasty thoughts. They often come from people in our past – feeding into our insecurities. These negative comments make us doubt our decisions, prevent us from moving on, or keep us from our goals. A good way to rein in these thoughts are with the intentional use of positive thoughts called mantras.
What are Mantras?
Mantras are positive words or phrases that are repeated frequently. Some people take their mantras from the music, as I wrote about in this blog, others make theirs up. These are used to help to interrupt this negative chatter in our brains.
It’s kind of like when, as a kid perhaps, that you blocked your ears and repeated, “Na, na, na, na. I can’t hear you.” (Or maybe your kids did this to you). And, it works. When you’re saying something loud enough, you can’t hear the chatter in the background.
I started using mantras back in my 20’s as I was recovering from my five-year history with eating disorders. Since my disease originated from my feeling that I was not “good enough”, it was difficult to get past those thoughts because those thoughts kept bubbling up. So, I developed a mantra to counter these thoughts: “I am good enough.” Every time my fears started taking over, I would repeat this phrase over and over again. They were so powerful that I continue to develop new mantras to help me through my present situation. Would you like to develop a mantra?
Make Your Mantras P.O.P.
Some might have a mantra that’s simply a word such as “Peace” or “Happy”. Or you might want to develop something that’s more specific to your current situation. I use the acronym P.O.P. to describe how to develop this type of mantra. POP stands for Present Opportunity (for) Positivity.
- P= present. State your mantra in the present tense such as I am, I have, or It is.
- O = opportunity. The definition of “opportunity” is “a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.” What are your goals? To get promoted? To give a great presentation? To lose weight? Make the mantra something that will help you achieve your goal.
- P = positive. Your mantra has to be positive statement. Realize that a glass filled halfway with water is both “half full” an “half empty”. Both are true statements, but “half full” is more positive. The same applies to your mantra. Find a positive way to describe your strengths or skills…that helps to overcome your fears and insecurities.
Examples of Mantras
Here are some mantras that others have shared or that I’ve helped to develop:
- I am grateful
- I can do this
- I am good enough – or simply, I am enough
- I’ve prepared for this
- It is what it is
- I am a wise and wonderful woman
- I’ve got this
- I am strong, flexible, and balanced
- I can accomplish anything I put my mind to
- I am getting better every day
- I enjoy eating healthy
What’s your mantra? Send an email to askme@DrJo.com and let me know.