This is a contributor post. Learn more about the contributor and their story below.Everyone has a mantra, whether they’re aware of it or not. Sometimes your inherent mantras come through in times of stress and trepidation or when you’re feeling grounded and content.
A mantra is what you tell yourself to get through challenging moments.
Mantras attract specific energy—good and bad—both from within you and from the world at large. In fact, medical professionals and university researchers have scientifically proven mantra meditation to improve awareness, attention, and one’s ability to cope with stress. Adopting one or even several mantras can significantly help you on your journey towards self-improvement.
This particular positive affirmation is especially well-suited for anyone who wants to better themselves.
By acknowledging your knowledge, talent, and skills, you’re reminding yourself that you’re exactly where you need to be right now. And by immediately following up with a reminder of humility, you’re actively avoiding hubris. This mantra can help you land that dream job, finish that degree, master that instrument, or scale that mountain – without letting pride trip you up along the way.
This mantra is a reminder to take things one day at a time.
It means taking problems and obstacles as they come, instead of worrying and ruminating about what the future might bring. While it’s good to be aware of what you can expect from the future, this knowledge shouldn’t cripple your focus. By acknowledging that every day is a new beginning, you can start the day with a mindset that aims to make a difference. This can help you maintain focus and make the most out of your waking hours.
See the world for what it truly is: a dangerous and unforgiving place filled with contradictions. At the same time, have the courage and perseverance to accept these conditions and move forward however you can.
This particular gem comes from Italian anti-fascist intellectual Antonio Gramsci, who’s finally getting a street in Italy named after him, 84 years after his death. This mantra was born from the epic historical struggle against fascism in Europe in the 20th century. It is a reminder to see the real world for how challenging it truly is before you press on and do your best to adapt.
Repeating and even meditating upon mantras can give you the right mindset for improvement.
There are many ways to add mantras to your daily life. Simply repeating your mantra before you begin your morning routine can help start the day with a jolt of motivation. You can also try saying your mantra before and after your nightly meditation, which can help with sleep. Furthermore, any helpful holistic practice can also be leveraged alongside mantras.Prepare a mantra for your next acupuncture, chiropractor, or massage session. It can be any of the aforementioned mantras or anything that feels right for the situation, such as a mantra about self-care or self-worth.
While mantras condition the mind for change, holistic self-care practices can ensure that your body is ready for life-changing enhancements as well. In fact, holistic self-care practices are becoming more and more essential to contemporary healthcare training and practice.
Today, it’s not surprising for those pursuing careers in nursing to be familiar with holistic practices as well, particularly those in critical care, genetic nursing, or public health. This is a testament to the growing acceptance of holistic care practices in contemporary healthcare. And by adopting some of these practices, you can have a stronger mind and body to actually live by your self-improvement mantras.
As you start taking active steps to change your life, it’s important to get out of your own way. Combining mantras and holistic care practices can result in what may feel like rapid life changes that can be intimidating.
But no matter how daunted you might be at the impending changes to your life, remember that even positive shifts can prove to be difficult. Use your mantras to stay in the present moment and maintain a positive outlook for the future.
Rheda Joi is a part-time career counselor and a full-time mom to two young girls. When she’s not working or chasing after her daughters, Rheda Joi enjoys urban gardening and musical theater. She has a background in psychology.
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