Can you believe December is almost here? We can’t, either! While we love cozy fires and comfy sweaters, the lack of sun and shorter days—combined with the constant pressures of the holidays—can put a damper on even the jolliest moods.
To help ward off the winter blues, here are 3 easy mantras for calming your mind and curbing stress this season, inspired by Everyday Health®’s article “10 Calming Mantras That Can Ease Depression.”
I am Breathing In. I am Breathing Out.
This one is so simple, yet so profound. Your breathing habits can make or break your mental and physical wellness. Short, shallow breaths send a message to your nervous system that danger is imminent, spiking your heart rate and blood pressure and fraying your nerves. When you find yourself stressed, take a moment to simply focus on taking a few slow, deep breaths. Think of mindful breathing breaks throughout the day as a chance to hit the reset button and calm your mind and body.
This Too Shall Pass.
This popular saying is the antidote to fear, according to many profound thinkers. If everything in life is passing, there’s no reason to get bogged down by fear of the bad stuff, because it, too, shall pass. “When we see this impermanence deeply, we no longer cling,” says Joseph Goldstein, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, “and when we no longer cling, we come to the end of suffering.”
Let It Go.
Elsa from Frozen was right. These 3 simple words pack a serious serenity punch. When you find yourself worked up over a situation or outcome, telling yourself to “let it go” is a powerful reminder that it’s ok not to be in control, and let stress and worry drift away from you. Other related words to the wise for your anti-stress arsenal is “worrying won’t make it better.”
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