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Mantras – What Are They, How to Use Them, and Why

Mantras have been a life-changing concept for me, shifting my focus towards a more positive, encouraging universe. In today’s post, we’ll talk about what mantras are and how they can change lives.

As you go through your day, think about the things you say to yourself about yourself, your situation, or others.  Are you saying kind, loving things – the kind of things that you would say to your best friend?  Or are you being truly hard on yourself and on the world?

If you’re like the average woman today, then I’m willing to bet that we all have a tendency to focus on the negative sometimes.  We have a fear of “normalcy” and want only to be “perfect.”

But, as we’ve talked about before, there is no such thing as perfect.  We all have flaws and fears.  Negative talk is only debilitating and brings no value to our lives.

Having mantras and positive affirmations ready can quickly change our thought patterns.

Mantras are quick, little statements that have the ability to literally shift our body’s energy fields.  They are words that are repeated to focus our concentration during our meditation practice and throughout the day.  Think of them as poetry that speaks directly to you.


How do we create our own, uniquely tailored mantras for ourselves?

A friend in high school used to quote his father on cold days when he’d say, “Being cold is only a state of mind.”  While there are obviously scientific factors going on between when our bodies are cold versus warm, it’s amazing how much warmer I can feel if I can put the mantra “I am warm” to work.

And that’s exactly how it’s done!  The first step is to identify what is truly going on in our lives that is bringing our thoughts down.  Are you going through a breakup?  Perhaps your stressed out leading into the holidays?  Are you going into situations always expecting the worst to happen?  Or are you just cold?

Once you identify the underlying factor, our mantra should be designed towards the opposite, positive side.

As an example, say you realize that you regularly put yourself down, thus negative self-talk is what we need to work to alleviate.  Then your mantra can be, “I truly and honestly accept myself,”  Therefore, each time you notice your mind filling with negative thoughts about yourself, you should stop, take a few deep breadths, and start to slowly repeat your mantra.  It doesn’t matter how many times you repeat it, but you will start noticing your system relaxing and shifting into the positive the more often you do.

A mantra is not your to do list.

When you design your mantra, I suggest staying away from, “I need to (enter your to do here).”  While creating to-do lists are helpful to keep many people focused throughout the day, they are not the most relaxing.  In fact, they can be down right stressful.

Instead, focus on the action itself.  For example, if you’re lacking concentration, rather than making your mantra, “I need to focus,” make your mantra “Focus.”  The word itself will be the thing you need to shift your mind.

So there you have it.

Why you need a mantra, how to create your personalized mantra, and how to set your mind on that intention.  While it’s a seemingly simple concept, it will have the power to improve your physical health, your mental outlook, and your relationships.

This is powerful stuff people!


What mantra can you use this week to make your mind more positive?

Create a great life!

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  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Simply telling myself that I am strong, important, and beautiful helps me to feel less anxious or self-conscious. Thanks for sharing your thoughts–great post!

    December 2, 2016 at 5:57 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Love that – a perfect mantra to live by! I think living a bit self-conscious is something that we all go through, especially as women. It’s being honest about it that makes us stronger. Thank you for sharing!

      December 5, 2016 at 8:11 am
  • Reply Sarah @ The Fit Niche

    I am really getting into this this year! My WORD for this next season is “serve selflessly” It is hard but I am trying to remember it in the day to day!! 🙂

    January 4, 2017 at 8:54 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      I love that! If it helps, I have an alarm on my phone that reminds me to take some breadths and repeat my mantra at least once a day. It helps to keep it top of mind when my day just seems to get packed with busy-ness. 🙂

      January 4, 2017 at 5:55 pm

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