Mantras have never been my thing. Especially in the morning. I’m barely functioning when I wake up and then have to drive to work, so having a morning mantra to say every day was something I laughed at. For awhile. Then, I needed a change! My depression was coming and going all the time and at random moments that would completely ruin my day. So I decided I needed to do something about it, and a simple mantra was all I needed.
Today will be a good day
My morning mantra is “Today will be a good day.” And it’s really helped set my mind and heart to positive mode for the rest of the day! I’ll be completely honest and say its hard when you’re depressed to even find the energy to say those words. Really hard. But even thinking them at first can be enough to get you going in the right direction!
It took about a week for me to really feel different. But I swear as soon as I started believing my own words, good things started happening. Some were big things and some were little things, but they all made me smile. Sure, my depression still comes and goes so this is by no means a cure all. However, just starting your day in the right place can make those depression swings easier to cope with.
One note: there are two definitions of “mantra.” One has to do with hearing a sound or word repeatedly. My future sister-in-law listens to a mantra on YouTube everyday that has a certain sound frequency. The other definition is what this blog post speaks to, which is a phrase I repeat to myself.
What Should be My Mantra?
It can be anything! I usually ask myself how I want to feel. The answer is usually “happy.” I want to feel happiness during the day. So that’s how I came up with my mantra. You may want to feel confident during the day so yours may look something like “I am beautiful and worth others’ time.”
Having something to remind you of how valuable you are every day sets you up for success. Will it entirely cure your depression? Probably not, but in my experience it’s really helped cope with it and even alleviate some of it.
Reach out if you have questions or would like to share your own mantra!