One way to manage increased chronic stress is to practice positive thinking actively. To practice positive thinking, start by bringing awareness to the dialogue of your internal thoughts. Are they consistently negative? If that is the case, you could shift negative thoughts into positive ones by practicing mantras.
A mantra is a word, phrase, or sound that is spoken repetitively to encourage optimal health and prosperity. Variations of mantras or chants have been used for centuries and date back to ancient religions. They are often used in meditation, yoga, and other sacred practices emphasizing the mind-body connection. Most importantly, mantras promote healing in the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of wellness, guiding the individual to inspire happiness and positive transformation.
Mantras are centered around positive thinking, which offers many health benefits. A positive mindset can alleviate chronic stress, anxiety, and depression, which influences a more robust immune system, lower blood pressure, pain relief, and an increased lifespan. Daily practice can also strengthen honesty, courage, resilience, and self-confidence. Your consistency is key!
The Mantra Process
Practicing your mantra in the morning is highly advantageous, as it sets up your day for success. Upon rising, say your self-affirmations, reciting numerous times as needed. Your mantra is not required to be lengthy or complex; your focus should be on the uplifting nature of the message. You can practice in a comfortable chair with soothing music or your bed with dimmed lighting. No matter the space, your environment should invoke inner peace and, ideally, be free from distractions. Make the time your own. Your experience may flow as such:
- Settle into your space. Inhale deeply through your nose, and exhale slowly through your mouth.
- Repeat your mantra at a smooth and steady pace. You may close your eyes if you wish.
- Imagine your daily stressors gently departing the body. Concentrate on your words and breath.
- Practice for 5-20 minutes when time permits.
Mantras will be unique and personal to you. You may choose one that resonates with your needs, mindset, or beliefs. It should energize your soul and free your mind from worry. Examples of mantras may include:
- “I forge my own path and walk it with joy.”
- “My positive thoughts guide me to new heights.”
- “I will have a good day, because it’s my choice.”
- “Good health is a journey, and I will persevere.”
By, Coach Kaleigh