My friend Kendra Kantor has some really good ideas for how to maintain a positive self image. They’re so good, in fact, that I asked her to write a guest article for me. Enjoy!
Have you noticed increased negative self talk lately? It’s a really struggle to have a positive self image in this day and age. How can you improve the way you look, think and talk about yourself? A great place to start is using daily mantras. It’s simple, easy and effective!
I love mantras! They’re slightly different from affirmations in that a mantra is something to help you power through, help you remind yourself of what you are working on. An affirmation (at least to me) is more of a positive thought you are trying to drill into your head.
Both have their place and work for certain people. I created 5 mantras for you to use throughout the day to start your positive self-journey.
5 Mantras For a Positive Self
1- I am MORE than enough.
I know you’ve heard the mantra “I am enough” right? Well I want to tell you that that is BS! You, lovely are so much MORE than enough. The idea of being “enough” really rifles my imaginary feathers. “Enough” is adequate, it’s minimal, it’s less than.
You are so much more than that. Don’t settle for being adequate; believe that you are MORE than enough.
2- The only opinion or values that matter are my own.
This is one that I still get caught up on but is so vitally important. Does the opinion of the store clerk really matter to you? Does it really matter if they are (silently) judging you for buying ice cream? No.
Does it matter that your best friend values watching TV over reading? How does that affect your life? It doesn’t. You read when you want because you value it.
Don’t let the opinions or values of others impact your life, your goals or your beliefs.
3- I think before I re-act.
This is one that I love and maybe one you hadn’t thought of before. This mantra is wrapped up in mindfulness and the idea of being aware of your thoughts.
This comes into play when dealing with a negative person, maybe a high stress situation or even if you just didn’t sleep well and are grumpy. If someone says something and you automatically want to yell or lash out, take a moment and think before you re-act.
Be aware of your thought patterns, your negative reactions and how those reactions could be potentially harmful before saying or doing anything.
4- I am exactly where I need to be in my life right now.
Oh yes you are, lovely. I’m not exactly sure I believe that everything happens for a reason, but you might.
I do believe that all the struggles I’ve gone through in my past have made it possible to be the woman, mother and business owner I am today. So that means that what I’m doing now, even if it’s not exactly where I want to be in the end, is what I need to do.
5- I deserve to have a good and successful life.
What does the word deserve mean to you? Everyone deserves to be happy, in my opinion and that means you do, too.
A “good” and “successful” life is completely up to you and what you want. Those words are too subjective and mean vastly different things to each of us. But if you go through life believing that you deserve your dreams, you will be more likely to achieve them.
These are just a few ideas for mantras to improve your self and start feeling and thinking positively. These won’t change your whole world but they are a beautiful and easy start.
Tell me: What’s your favorite mantra to help focus on your positive self?
As a Wellness Mentor and Guide, Kendra Kantor wants to live in a world where mental and emotional wellness and self-care is a top priority.
Kendra is a stay at home mama to her 2 year old and splits her days between running her business and playing with her rambunctious boy.
Do you ever wonder what “self worth” means? Kendra’s all-new What Is Self Worth? is a free resource that brings together the wisdom, truth and honesty from 16 women on the topic of self worth, beauty and kindness.
I’m so grateful for Kendra and her insights! Thank you Kendra!