The true key to achieving balance is to make a habit of reminding yourself about the important things that tend to slip our mind in between busy days and bad moods.
Because we all know that
Here are the top 10 mind mantras you should serve yourself every day:
1. Be realistic and don’t over commit.
We all want to be everywhere at once and remove the word “no” from our vocabulary, but living in a New York minute all the time is unrealistic for the long haul. Life is busy enough with all the things you are required to do throughout the day without adding the stress of the woulda, coulda, shoulda expectations to the list too. Don’t squeeze things in and instead learn to manage your priorities.
2. Stay present.
Being mentally tied down to the past can sink your ship fast. I certainly know what it is like to go in circles about old fights, think about unsettling past moments or wish you could rewrite the ending to a previous situations, but when you learn to think of them as life lessons the burden dwindles. Looking out the windshield is much more promising than keeping your mind in the rearview mirror.
3. Savor some alone time.
In today’s constantly connected world, a mental health time out has become a fleeting thought. But, solitude can reboot your brain and replenish the energy you have to share with those you love. A mental check-in with yourself from time to time can give you an opportunity for self-discovery and enhance the quality of your relationships. Find a nook and settle in.
4. Going to the gym is a luxury.
I’ll be the first to admit that it is hard to think this way when you are running on the dreadmill, but the fact that you are physical able to move your body is something to celebrate. And a sweat session can clear your mind like no other tool out there. Commit to move more.
5. Losing control has its perks.
Although we all wish we could control the magic 8 ball, life is out of our hands. Sometimes you have to let go of the Type A personality and go with the flow. The planner in me finds this to be very difficult, but some of my most memorable times came from being spontaneous and some of the biggest lessons came from managing adversity. A calendar is just a skeleton for what life has to offer.
6. Positive thoughts are medicinal.
We all know that being in a negative state can poison your mind, but it also poorly impacts your body. So, instead of piling up stacks of work, to-do lists and chores, stock up on optimistic mantras, post-it notes that will make you laugh or quotes that put you in the right state of mind. Here is one that I learned from a friend a long time ago:
7. What other people think is irrelevant.
For those of you that wear a suit of armor at all times, I commend you. I am not one of those people. There was a time when others opinions were of the utmost importance to me (aka typical teenage growing pains), but even to this day I can let someone’s brash comment get under my skin or deter my original plan because I want to make everyone happy. Remind yourself that how YOU feel that counts. That is the true sign of a confident individual.
8. Don’t be a slave to your negative feelings.
Our feelings have a lot of power over us and in times of heartbreak, grief, anger or frustration it is difficult to not let them get the best of you. When life throws you a curveball you do have the strength to persevere through your Walking Dead phase.
9. Keep your mind on the prize.
Whether it is being a good parent, losing the last 5 pounds or opening your own business, your mind is what will take you to the finish line. We will all trip up when trying to reach the ultimate goal, but a daily reminder not to give up can provide you with the mental perseverance you need to succeed in all aspects of your life.
10. Take pride in being an imperfect human.
You are human. Mistakes happen. Hurt feelings are a part of life. You won’t always make the right decisions. You’ll say the wrong things. The next time you want to beat yourself up for saying or doing the “wrong” thing, remember to cut yourself some slack. Being imperfect is a beautiful thing. Keep learning and growing.
What mind masteries do you tell yourself every day? Do you have daily reminders to help you stay positive during tough times? Leave your comments below!