Times are hard. It’s true. One thing that’s helped me make it through this crazy tumultuous time is reminding myself that I’m a good human, and that I have the ability to be a good human to everyone around me. I’m trying to meditate, go to church, do things that make me happy like crocheting, reading, and blogging. I’ve also been creating these little mantras for myself.
Sometimes, they just help me to be a bit more centered. If I feel myself spiraling – sometimes into a depressive haze, I’ll try to repeat one of these phrases to myself to anchor down and not allow myself to spiral. This is what my therapist calls interrupting destructive thoughts. I know depression and anxiety aren’t magically fixed by positive thinking, but it has helped me to keep from spending all my time in bed. Even if I sit at my desk utterly unproductive, it’s better than staying in bed all day.
Anyways, I’m going to get off of my soapbox now and share with you all some phone wallpapers I’ve made based off of some mantras I’ve come up with.
Nevertheless, be kind.
When you’re tired, frustrated, and generally just cranky, it’s hard to remember to be your best self, but nevertheless, be kind. I’m still working on this, but at least I’m trying. That’s all you can ask for from yourself – that you try.
You are strong. You can do it. It’s true.
I came up with this one today. I’ve been having a *rough* time with online learning and just quarantine in general. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed. This mantra just helps me to reaffirm that I can do it – I have the ability to handle it. I can do it.
Obviously, I didn’t come up with this one, but it still holds true. Taking a deep breath is the first step, always.
It’s ok. You’re ok. It’s going to be ok.
This one is near and dear to my heart. It’s reserved for my hardest times and roughest moments. It helps to provide some peace of mind. I’ve been known to say this to myself while taking long walks to remind myself that it’s ok and that it will be ok.
Hey, You’ll be okay. You’ll make it through this.