Sometimes, the cacophonous chatter of our restless minds can be pretty unbearable. Usually, those brains of ours aren’t bombarding us with warm, fuzzy thoughts about snuggly puppies and Christmas presents. Instead, they’re suffocating us with lies and false beliefs — fear and self-loathing and all that ugly stuff.
To break the cycle of critical self-talk, mantras are incredibly helpful. By repeating the same positive thought over and over again, we can steer our brains in a different direction. Eventually, we chart a happier, more optimistic course!
On that note, here are 5 mantras to fight depression. Break ’em out when you’re feeling bad. They help, I promise.
This too shall pass.
All things come and go. We live in an ever-changing world, and our moods and circumstances and physical bodies are all just temporary. When things seem overwhelming, remember, it’s all just dust in the wind — as are we (thank you Kansas). Nothing lasts forever, even the most painful of feelings.
I’m on my own path.
This one is key when you’re trapped in a cycle of social comparison. It’s so easy to fall into a futile and self-destructive pattern of believing you’re not good enough — of comparing yourself to supermodels and successful CEOs and friends with higher salaries and nicer clothes and bigger houses. But as a wise friend once told me, you’re on your own path. You’re a unique individual, a snowflake unlike any other. You’re here to be you — not Miranda Kerr or Channing Tatum or that cheerleader from high school you always envied. Just you, and that’s a beautiful thing. In the words of Dr. Suess, “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
May I be safe, may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be at ease.
This loving kindness meditation is the first step towards self-love. Keep at it, and ruminate on what those terms mean to you. What does safety, happiness, health and ease look like in your life? Visualize it, embrace it, feel it.
Everything will be all right in the end. If it isn’t all right, then it isn’t the end.
I believe this with all my heart. Things work out the way they’re meant to, and always in our favor — in the end. The universe has its own timeline, and it may not be in line with our painstakingly prepared five-year-plan. By relaxing into the uncertainty, we can stop obsessing over how we think things “should” be. Believe that everything will be ok, and they will. Cling to that belief with all the faith you can muster, and it’ll help you through the hard times.
Every moment offers infinite possibilities.
“Infinite possibilities” is my absolute favorite phrase. In a world as big and bright and astonishing as ours, it’s so important to see beyond our current circumstances and limited perspective. All things are possible. Anything could happen, and life can change in the blink of an eye. As I read recently, “I am not just an optimist. I am an opti-mystic who sees the world through the eyes of possibility.”
Be here now.
Nothing crushes a bad mood like mindfulness. When we’re in the moment, we’re not wasting time and energy on ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. We’re here. Now. Reminding yourself of this as often as possible helps bring you back to this precious present moment. That’s where the action happens.
Do you have any other mantras to fight depression you’d like to add? I’d love to hear your super fantastic words of wisdom in the comments!<3