Listen, BodyRockers, we're not going to bore you with the same tired old mantras that you've been chanting for the last decade and have become as depressingly ineffective as an expired condom. No, the mantras we're going to share with you today are ones that will actually make you feel better about your life. They're ones that will actually inspire you to action — even if the action you need is inaction. While mantras can certainly be useful for motivating you to log onto Sweatflix and smash out your workout, they can also be incredibly effective to get you to chill out and take it easy. And we need to do both.
What is a mantra?
A mantra, in the most traditional sense, is a word or sound repeated to help you concentration while meditating. OMMMMM. Peace. Serenity. These are all examples. When we talk about mantras, however, we're talking about the more modern interpretation of mantras. Namely, a statement repeated over and over, most often with the aim to increase clarity and purpose.
And clarity and purpose are so important in achieving your goals, whatever those goals are. It can be pushing through the last 20 seconds of a tough as hell interval. It can be getting your mind to turn off so you can get a good night's sleep. It can be navigating your way out of a particularly destructive thought pattern that makes you feel inadequate, alone and scared.
Can a mantra really do that? Well, yeah, but you’ve got to give them a chance. So give ‘em a chance. Bookmark this blog and return to these mantras next time you need to remind yourself of who you really are, and what you really want.
5 Mantras that Will Make You Feel Better, Fast
- I am the captain of my fate. I am the master of my soul.
We can thank William Ernest Henley for this beaut, which is the concluding two lines in his famous poem, Invictus. We love this poem for its ability to remind us that we are ultimately in charge of our lives. You can read the full poem here.
- Process, not perfection.
This is great mantra to repeat when we need to remember that that the journey is just as important — if not more important, than the destination. The destination — the perfection — is an illusion anyway, am I right?
- The people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind.
Okay, this mantra is a bit cliche but it’s also super important in today’s social media saturated world. Use it whenever you need to remember that you shouldn’t have to apologize for who you are.
- The universe is big, and this moment is fleeting.
This mantra is two-fold: first, it can help you remember to cherish your beautiful life. Secondly, it can serve to give you perspective: a missed workout, a disagreement at work, an over-indulgence at a party — these things are not a big deal in the cosmic order of things. Focus on what really matters.
- Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
Here’s a gem from former UK Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill. Put this mantra on repeat every single damn time you feel like giving up. Don’t.
- I am always worth it.
Most of us put ourselves last. Kids, partners, work so frequently comes first that we begin to completely dissociate from our real desires. What’s best for others becomes what’s best for ourselves. While this is certainly sometimes true, sometimes, what’s best for us doesn’t affect other people at all. Grabbing yourself a workout outfit you want, or a new gym toy you’ve been coveting: these all become things that you put off because you keep put other people first. We have to stop dismissing ourselves. If you’ve been wanting to hire someone to come clean your home a couple times a month, do it. If you’ve been eyeballing our new BodyBar like a teen girl at a One Direction reunion concert, then get the damn thing. Our Strong Mom Sale is on, so with free gifts, up to 20% off and free shipping on the whole store, it’s a solid time to make the move — even if you’re not a mom. In the end, putting yourself first now and then will help you feel better about yourself, and that positive feeling will actually benefit the people around you. Everybody wins.
Of course, all the mantras in the world cannot replace good ol’ fashion human interaction. We’re talking about friends, FitFam. There’s a reason community was was Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: we need it. Use these mantras — they do work — but also be sure to reach out to people you trust for support. These are the people who will buoy you up, no matter who or what tries to tear you down. Even if the who is yourself. Especially if the who is yourself. If you want truly inspiring, absolutely unrelenting motivation, then you’re going to want to join our BodyRock Insider’s Group on Facebook. This collection of BodyRockers are dedicated to providing a safe space to talk, learn, and be yourself.