I love a good mantra. I use them to remind me of who I want to be and how I want to behave. A few of my favorites to use anytime of year are “Outer Order, Inner Calm” and “My Future Self Will Thank Me” (both from Gretchen Rubin) and “Clear is Kind” from Brene Brown.
The point of a mantra is to create a pause between your reaction (that gut instinct you have to behave a certain way) and your response (your chosen behavior of what to do next). Creating that gap can be especially challenging during periods when we’re triggered… like, you know, the holiday season. Not only is there often a layer of expectations heaped upon December that we don’t usually have to deal with, but we’re also faced with changes to our usual schedules and routines that can make us feel out of sorts.
An easy way to create a moment of peace in the midst of this chaos is to adopt a holiday mantra. A quick phrase you can say to yourself when you need some help refocusing and remembering what’s important to you this time of year.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Look for the magic
- All is calm, all is bright
- It’s the most wonderful time of the year
- Choose joy
- Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins
- Let Heaven and nature sing
- Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle
- Eat, drink and be merry
- Fa La La
- The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear (then obviously break into song!)
- Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more
One of my favorite places to put my mantra is on something I see a million times every day – my phone 📱.
As a little holiday gift from me to you, I’ve created a phone wallpaper for each mantra. Simply save it on your phone and add it as either your lock screen wallpaper or your home screen wall paper, or both!