What's a MANTRA?

'Mantra' is a Sanskrit word that means “tool for the mind”, but how does it actually work? Research has shown that repeating a word or phrase with positive and personal meaning can cause a physiological change in our bodies. It can lower stress, create a feeling of calm, and even make challenging tasks seem easier. 

It works because it’s so simple. By just repeating a phrase, you’re helping to make positive thinking a habit. Then when you’re having a tough time, you don’t have to work hard to pull up a positive thought—it’s already there.


Finding a mantra is easy. You just have to find something that speaks to you, and makes you feel healthier and more positive.

Some examples:

  • I believe in myself.
  • I’m doing my best each day.
  • I love myself for who I am.
  • I’m in charge of my own happiness.
  • I choose to be happy.
  • Fear doesn’t control me.
  • I am ready to share.
  • I let go of my sadness.
  • Every day, and every way, I’m getting better and better.
  • I am enough.
  • I am okay right now.

Or it can be a single word:

  • Breathe.
  • Shine.
  • Love.

And remember: your mantra doesn't have to work for anyone but you.


Give yourself some advice. Imagine yourself much older and wiser, and write down some advice you would give yourself to make your life better. 

Boil it down. Now read over your advice, and try turning it into a short phrase. 

Keep it short. You want it to be easy to remember.

Make a few. If you only have one, it can become monotonous or lose its meaning. And it can be helpful to have different mantras for different moments.

Make it positive. If it makes you feel good and empowered, it won’t be wrong. But don’t let it get too unbelievable. If it feels too upbeat or silly, it may not help. The best mantras are based on truth and helpfulness.

Practice. Think about things that bother you, and say your mantra. This will train your brain to remember your mantra when you need it most.