Life can be difficult and we all have moments when work, financial pressures, or personal issues start to get on top of us. At these times, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day and lose sight of what really matters. But when you start living by mantras, life becomes a whole lot easier. Mantras are words or phrases that can offer us support during difficult times in our lives. They remind us of our strengths and help us deal with the struggles that life throws at us.
Here are 10 mantras that will help you create a happy, successful life for yourself.
1. "I am enough"
This is a popular mantra that reminds us to be comfortable with who we are and what we have. Instead of focusing on what you don't have, whether it be material items or some skill or attribute, and remember how much you do have. Remind yourself every day by saying "I am enough" or write a note to yourself in a place where you will always see it like your refrigerator or bathroom mirror.
Everyone has things they feel self-conscious about or areas of their life where they feel inadequate. It can be easy to compare yourself to friends, family members, and colleagues, or even to complete strangers whose lives you see on social media which you convince yourself are better, more fulfilling than your own. Remember everyone has the same feelings of self-doubt and insecurity, no matter who they are.
Know that you are already one with the Universe, and that you don't need to acquire anything else to complete your life. You are perfect. You are whole. You are enough.
2. "Laughter lightens the load"
We all have those days where we don't want to do anything except curl up on our couch watching TV shows until bedtime rolls around... But laughter can make all the difference. Laughter is a powerful tool, and best of all it is free, easy to access, and spreads positive vibes to everyone around you.
Try sharing funny TV show clips on social media, or watching them together with family members or friends. When something negative occurs in your life, when you are the victim of injustice, or something bitterly ironic occurs, stop for a moment, breathe, and then laugh at the absurdity of the situation. Watch your own angry thoughts, feel the rising fury within you. Observe them with amusement and watch them subside into nothing.
Laughter is magical. Laugh at grief, heartbreak, lost loves, broken promises, what ifs, how abouts, and everything else which . Nothing really matters.
3. "I choose happiness"
With all the pressures of life, it can be easy to forget about what you really want for yourself. But by reminding yourself that you choose happiness everyday, that you will not allow anything to bring you down or dampen your spirits, you will empower yourself and take control of your life. True happiness is like true love. It is inherent within you, and you only need to allow it to shine out of you.
Different people cultivate happiness in different ways. It may be through acts of selflessness, through exercise, yoga, or just having a cup of tea in your favorite mug before work. Everything you do, do it with a smile.
Most importantly, remember that you are not responsible for anyone else's happiness, and you cannot let your own happiness be affected by any person, situation, or problem. Choose happiness, and even the most difficult life situations will become a breeze.
4. "Every day is a new start"
This mantra encourages us to wake up each morning ready for whatever might happen next rather than dreading what difficulties may arise during the course of our day. If things haven't been going so well recently, as soon as you wake up, remind yourself that this new day is a chance to change it all. Rather than dwelling on the past, use this mantra to get excited about what comes next.
If your days are all the same and you feel like you're stuck in a rut, try adding some variety so your life doesn't become stale. For example, if you have to do the same commute on the train each morning, make a small change by listening to an audio book rather than music, or watch the world go by the window rather than scrolling social media. Likewise, if you always eat the same breakfast at home every day, try and wake up an hour earlier and find a new cafe before work.
Most importantly, do something everyday which makes you happy and which will benefit you in some way. This may be a workout, a side gig, or a conversation with a loved on. Make every day count because our lives are fleeting and the last thing you want is to look back with regret.
5. "My body is beautiful"
There is so much societal pressure to live up to completely unrealistic beauty standards. This can lead to so many negative consequences like mental health issues, low self-esteem, and potential eating disorders. That's why telling yourself everyday that your body is beautiful is so important.
When you look in the mirror, remind yourself that your joy is not tied to any material thing. You are beautiful without make-up or expensive clothes or excessive attention from others. Your body is a temple and it should be treated with care and respect.
Remembering this mantra will help bring you back down to earth when life throws endless challenges at you which lead to self doubt about how attractive/successful/happy/etc. you are. Reminding yourself of this truth each morning can give your confidence an instant boost so try writing it on post-it notes for your mirrors, walls, windows, computer monitor-everywhere!
Each morning, find something new about yourself which makes looking in the mirror a pleasure and not something you dread. If your nose is too big or your legs aren't long enough, remind yourself that these perceived flaws are making up who you are as an individual so they're beautiful just the way they are. Remembering this mantra will help boost your confidence and allow you to see past how others perceive you to who you really are on the inside, which is the only thing that really matters.
6. "I accept situations I cannot change"
Life throws up difficulties every day but it is usually our reaction rather than the situation itself which causes the most suffering and unhappiness. Most issues really aren't worth worrying about at all, and even those which cause you serious problems may be out of your control. Instead of feeling helpless, this mantra reminds us to accept situations we cannot change and work on improving things that are within our control instead.
For example, if a stranger cuts in front of you while queuing at the supermarket, you can't change their actions, but you can go home without getting angry or upset with them. Try focusing your energy on finding solutions rather than wasting time being stuck in negative emotions which hold no benefit for you or anyone else. Remember that just because someone else's actions have affected you in a negative way, it doesn't mean they did it with the conscious intention of upsetting you, or that they will continue behaving that way in the future.
Learn to do everything as if you have chosen to do it. If you don't like your job, change it, or accept that this is where you are right now and give it your all. Try to react to every situation with a smile. That is the situation you are in. Don't let it define you or ruin your day.
7. "I am exactly where I should be"
As we've already established, life is fleeting and the only thing guaranteed about it is that things will change. Perhaps you were once a confident person who had an amazing career but now find yourself unemployed and struggling to get back on your feet again. Maybe someone close to you has passed away or maybe you're simply going through one of those difficult phases in life which can't be explained easily by words alone-a quarter life crisis perhaps?
Regardless of why this time feels particularly challenging, accept that everything is happening as it should. Everything exists equally; wrongs balance out rights just like night balances day, and it is the moments in life when we suffer most that provide the best opportunities for growth and transformation.
You may not understand why you are going through a tough time right now. It may be totally unfair and make you question every decision that you have ever made. But a day will come when you look back at this time and understand why you had to go through it in order to get where you are. Use everything as a life lesson; waste no opportunity for growth.
8. "I let go of anything that doesn't serve me"
It's all too easy to hold onto things that no longer serve a purpose, whether that be material items you haven't worn in years or toxic relationships which make your life far more difficult than it needs to be.
The most successful people in the world can almost always attribute their success to letting go of anything and everything they don't need in order to focus on whatever will take them closer towards achieving their goals. As well as freeing up time, money and energy for other pursuits, releasing yourself from these negative influences sends out a powerful message about who you are becoming - a strong person with self-respect who only attracts positive experiences and energies.
If there is someone who is making your life miserable then do not hesitate to cut them out of your life. If you are holding onto something that is no longer useful or helpful to you, let it go now so that nothing holds you back from what the universe has in store for you next!
9. "Be kind, always"
This is an incredibly simple mantra, but it is also one of the most powerful ways to live your life.
People all around us do things which may be annoying or upsetting all the time, but learn to forgive, to show empathy, and to help others without expecting anything in return. You never know what is going on in somebody's life, or much they could really benefit from a smile or a friendly word in that moment.
Be kind to everyone you meet, regardless of who they are or what they have done. This is not about being naive; this is about choosing your reaction and the way that you think in every situation - even if it's difficult.
10. "This too shall pass"
Every single thing that happens to you in life will pass eventually. Even if it feels like your problems are never-ending, they are temporary and shall one day fade into the past where they belong.
The most important thing is to learn how to deal with obstacles when they arise, and accept them as part of a bigger picture: your personal journey through life which ebbs and flows just like everything else on this planet. It is all about accepting whatever is happening in this moment.
Life isn't about avoiding pain or blocking out difficult experiences; it's about knowing that every moment, no matter how bad it seems at the time, serves an incredibly valuable purpose along your path towards self-discovery and fulfillment. Acceptance allows you to grow, change and become far stronger than you ever believed possible.
There are many different ways to make difficult situations easier, and the above ten mantras provide a really good place to start. You can always look for more personal advice or guidance from people who have already walked your path before you; it is all about doing whatever makes your life happier today.
It's all too easy to get caught up in negative thoughts that serve no purpose and just drag you down. When you come to understand that everything has happened because at some point it was meant to happen then suddenly things don't seem quite so bad.
At the end of the day, what will be will be. Nothing really matters. Be here now, and be happy.