Self-confidence is more about how you feel than how you look! Whether you are satisfied with your appearance or not, there are ways to give your self esteem a little daily boost to keep your spirits high. One of the most underrated, yet highly effective ways to make you feel like yourself is having a mantra.
Originally, mantras were words or sounds that helped followers of Hinduism and Buddhism reach a deeper state of meditation. Today, the word “mantra” has adopted a wider meaning that mirrors its original purpose, but disconnects from its religious connotations. Think of your mantra as your motto, your motivation for the day, and your go-to phrase when you aren’t feeling your best. Whether you say it out loud or repeat it in your head, knowing that you’re starting each day with a purpose is a great feeling.
When coming up with you mantra, consider the thoughts that distract you when they enter your mind. Perhaps you’re worried about your financial situation, or a struggling relationship, or maybe a personal flaw that you can’t seem to ignore. Whatever your most prominent source of stress may be, build a mantra that will help neutralize that source.
Your mantra doesn’t have to be something that you come up with all on your own. Lots of people turn to their favorite quotes for inspiration when they need a pick-me-up. Here are some of our favorite quotes about feeling beautiful and confident in your own skin:
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
― Helen Keller
“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”
― Scott Westerfeld, Uglies
“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
― Kahlil Gibran
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh