For those times when you can’t fit a massage or meditation into your schedule, there are mantras you can use to take stress levels down and bring your focus back to the task at hand — even if you only have ten seconds! Keep these seven mantras close by for bringing your mind and body back to balance and a positive perspective.
I am grateful for everything positive in my life.
Never forget to appreciate the joys in life, no matter the size. Gratitude produces a physical reaction in the body, and you’ll feel an emotional release as the tension in your muscles subsides.
I am exactly where I need to be.
You may be at work, but your brain may be back at home or elsewhere with a loved one. The best thing you can do for yourself and the people you care about is to respond to the environment you are currently in. In the 60’s they used to say, “Be here now.”
I am at peace with what is, what was, and what will be.
Remind yourself that the past is completely out of our hands, the future hasn’t come yet and we really only live in the present. Allow your mind to release stress and encounter life as it occurs instead of worrying about events before or after they happen.
I thrive on progress, not on perfection.
Maybe your boss or teammates want perfection, but how realistic is that? Stay focused on putting energy into the task at hand. The end result is much more likely to match your effort.
I am free to gracefully say no.
You know how you are feeling more than anyone else. While it is excellent to push yourself hard and often, you remain your best self when you know when to say, “Thanks, I’ll take a pass on that.”
Today, I celebrate my successes.
Even if those successes are small. This mantra is best coupled with a list. Don’t forget to check off the small stuff too, like eating a healthy breakfast or showing up on time.
There are moments every day when we know we need something, but we’re not sure what it is. Om is the most sacred mantra, referred to as the Universe, and can perfectly fill any size void inside you. Just taking a deep breath and exhaling with a long, resonant Om relaxes your jaw and engages your heart. Om encompasses all words. Use it for when you are too stressed to find your own.