Using Mantras as a Coping Strategy

If you follow MIW on social media, you may have noticed I've started to share my weekly mantras, and my inbox has been flooded with responses from folks who have found it to be helpful. Mantras can be incredibly anchoring in times of difficulty when you can't seem to get your mind to slow down, so I'd like to invite you to create a mantra for the week and use it, or you can steal mine. Drop the struggle.

I'll be using the mantra "drop the struggle" during my morning breath work this week, and also during the day when I need it. It reminds me that I don't need to overthink or over complicate things. Yes, there are hard things in my life. Yes, I am allowed to feel the discomfort of those things but I am also allowed to let it be easy where it can be easy. I can stop fighting with what is and just let it be, let my mind rest. It's as simple as one decision at a time. 

So what does dropping the struggle look like in real life? Here's an example that happens daily for me: My kids are loud, rambunctious and wrestling after I've asked them for the 100th time in one day to stop. I feel myself getting angry and desperate, about to start yelling because for the love of god I need some peace. I notice the thoughts I'm becoming consumed with... you know the kind of thoughts like "I'm raising a bunch of heathens" and "they are being so disrespectful." I notice what's happening in my body-- quickening pulse and breath, fight or flight response. I'm now more aware of what's actually happening and I can respond more appropriately. The kids are full of energy... they're kids. They're having fun. The struggle is really around my own need for quiet and order. That need is legitimate. So how can I drop the struggle around this and make it easy? I can ask them to go outside or to the basement to play. I could engage them in a fun game that isn't so loud and likely to end up with someone getting hurt. I could go outside or put my headphones on and listen to a podcast I like or a couple songs I love. I CAN DROP THE STRUGGLE.

Make sure to follow MIW on social media if you'd like to keep up with the "Mantra Monday" series to stay both anchored and inspired. 

All the best, 

Jessica Hill Powell, NBC-HWC, RYT-200
Founder + Health Coach at Meridian Integrative Wellness

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