Make Mantras Part of Your Daily Routine
by CYDNEY COFFEY, CSU Communications Graduate Assistant
Last week we discussed how sensitivity is a lovely tool. By intentionally paying attention to your different senses, you can become more attuned to what is happening in and around you. This is something that is essential to understanding both yourself and the people in your life.
I challenged you to take five minutes to try prioritizing a particular sense- whether that was seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, or tasting- to see what you could notice.
I provided you with a mindfulness activity based on the five senses to help calm your mind, focus on your environment, and recenter. I hope taking the time to prioritize your senses brought upon a sense of serenity.
Stress levels may be high as we all get ready to head into Thanksgiving break- a break that is well deserved and needed for all of us.
For many, this upcoming break might act as a ‘reset’ for us in many aspects. Work on normalizing and incorporating self-care into your daily lifestyle. It is okay to put yourself first. Remind yourself of this.
During this break, and in general, we all want to be safe, healthy, and happy in every aspect- physically, emotionally, and mentally. So even if it feels a bit self-indulgent, reminding ourselves of this throughout the day is a excellent way to stay in touch with this basic desire. An easy way to do this is to repeat a motivating chant.
When I find myself at a point where I am nearing high stress, I will repeat motivating chants in my head to help ease my stress levels.
Motivational chants, otherwise known as mantras, are not only helpful in stressful situations. Mantras come into play in any situation. I have used mantras in a variety of situations ranging from competitions (shoutout to my fellow soccer players) to school or even in work settings.
I am also a visual person, so I enjoy having these mantras somewhere I can see them every day.
This upcoming week, I am encouraging everyone to tap into their kindness. The focus is: ‘May I be well.’ “May I be well” and “May I be happy” are phrases that will cultivate a sense of self-care and can bring a feeling of warmth and kindness to even the coldest times- and I’m not just talking about these Minnesota winters.
I challenge you to try incorporating the phrases or your own mantras into your daily routine by repeating them to yourself each morning when you wake up, and each evening before you go to sleep.
I would also encourage you to have these phrases or your own mantra(s) written down somewhere you will see them daily.
As I have mentioned before, our minds are very powerful and if we are continuously reading a phrase or mantra on a daily, we will soon let that phrase become part of us. Saying phrases as simple as “May I be well” and “May I be happy” will turn into you acting that out and being well and being happy going forward.