Do Morning Mantras Impact Productivity and Confidence?
We all see those influencers on Instagram who look like they have their lives completely together, happier than ever waking up at 5 A.M. to workout, ready to start the day, and then they proceed to be productive at every hour (according to their Instagram stories.) But news flash! Health and wellness guys and gals have morning rituals that involve multiple snoozes, caffeine overloads, and of course concealer, just like the rest of us, even if their stories don’t reflect that. But another secret to keep under your belt to set the stage for a good day? Morning mantras!
Mantras have been picking up steam with the cool kids of health and fitness, but what are they? Here’s the rundown on morning mantras and how they impact productivity and confidence.
- Mantras are positive phrases used to challenge negative thoughts and empower yourself each day. With daily repetition, mantras can reap tremendous benefits to your mental health.
- The science behind mantras is based on the self-affirmation theory, stating that we are motivated to maintain our self-concept, and we will act in ways to reinforce our morals and values when our self-concept is threatened.
- Mantras can be used for any (and all) areas of life including, but not limited to, confidence, anxiety, productivity, and gratitude.
What are morning mantras?
Mantras, maybe more commonly known as affirmations, are simply positive phrases or statements used to combat negative or disagreeable thoughts. Put another way, they’re used to motivate, uplift positive changes, or boost one’s self-esteem. Long story short, they’re perfect in the morning for starting off a kick-ass day the right way and for channeling your inner badass.
The only “rule” for a good mantra is that it hypes you up in the morning and encourages you to tick off your to-do list like a boss. This can mean empowering, energetic, and compelling words or phrases, or using more reflective phrases that allow you to pause and really discover your intentions. Regardless, these affirmations should be meaningful and repeated to reinforce your self-concept.
Starting your morning with a positive phrase will have a positive effect on the rest of your day, even if being a morning person isn’t your number one trait in life (I feel you.) Experts note that saying morning mantras each day helps to redirect your mind to more energizing thoughts, ultimately encouraging optimism, reducing negative thoughts, and relieving the tendency to dwell on negativity.
It is easy to linger and get caught up in unhappy, self-deprecating, and anxiety-ridden thoughts stemming from our subconscious, demands we face, or just from what society tells us. But repeating mantras have been linked in research to decreased health-deteriorating stress. Additionally, they help us formulate a more flexible, broad sense of ourselves.
Having an adaptable self-concept (how we perceive ourselves) makes us more resilient to challenges we face every day, including those arising from health problems, unknowns, loneliness, or social pressures. Broadening our self-concept has a major impact; it helps with our personal and social abilities, coping skills, happiness, and confidence. It’s easy to remember to take time to work on your physical health and hit the gym a couple of times a week, but remembering to take care of yourself mentally can be a harder habit to get into.
The science behind mantras
For real improvement, positive affirmations require regular repetition if you want to see changes. Remember, it’s science, but it isn’t magic. The science behind affirmations is based on a psychological theory called the self-affirmation theory. If science isn’t your jam, bear with me!
The self-affirmation theory generally says that we, as people, are inspired to maintain our self-concept as adaptable, moral, stable, and in control, among a plethora of other things. When any part of our self-concept is challenged, we experience psychological discomfort (also referred to as cognitive dissonance if you remember from your psychology 101 class.)
In case you forgot, your brain’s sole purpose is to keep you alive. But keeping you alive doesn’t mean it can’t be lazy! The brain has evolved to make innate decisions about food, water, safety, keep you breathing, etc., not to overanalyze every decision you ever make. With that being said, your brain will continue to take shortcuts in everything it does to get things done efficiently.
So what does this have to do with mantras? Mantras take over and trick your brain’s laziness (in a good way); they train your brain to think differently about the world. They activate reward centers in your brain and if you repeat to your brain over and over that you are “aligned with your purpose,” or you are “diligently working to create the life you dream of,” your brain will subconsciously seek out ways to make these come true.
Some important notes about the self-affirmation theory:
- The ultimate goal is to maintain our self-concept, but this isn’t about us being perfect. It means being adequate and competent in areas that align with our personal morals and values.
- We maintain our self-concept by acting in ways that will earn us praise, keeping us consistent with our values. What we say in our affirmations will make us feel deserving of those praises.
- When it comes to boosting confidence and self-esteem, affirmations are a great support system! However, remember that your affirmations must reflect your morals and values. They must be directed at small actions you can take to reinforce your own self-concept.
Mantras are incredibly useful for any area you’re currently struggling with or want to improve. These can be areas of productivity, confidence, anxiety, gratitude, or peace.
Examples of morning mantras
Before saying your morning mantras, check-in with yourself and really consider what you need to remind yourself of at the moment. Just let them come to mind without overthinking! If you are having a hard time coming up with any, or have never done this before, here are some examples to get you started.
Mantras for productivity
- I have all the tools that I need to navigate through any obstacles that may arise today.
- I allow my passion to overpower procrastination.
- I am capable of anything I put my mind to.
- My mind is clear, energized, and focused.
- I put my energy into things that matter to me.
Mantras for confidence
- I am healthy and I am free.
- I am in love with myself, my mind, and my body.
- I am becoming the best version of myself.
- I am unaffected by the judgment of others.
- I wake up each morning feeling confident and empowered.
Mantras for the future
- I am physically, emotionally, and mentally ready to enter a new phase in my life. I am ready to grow and get better.
- I am visualizing my dream life, and I watch as it manifests into my reality.
- I exist within a universe of possibilities.
- I focus my vision on creating the future I desire.
- I am deserving of everything I dream of.
Mantras for anxiety
- I focus on what I can control and make peace with what I can’t.
- I am free of worry and regret.
- Everything that is happening to me is happening for a positive and prosperous future.
- When times are tough, I’m able to acknowledge my feelings but not let them control me.
- Everything I want and need comes into my life at the right time.
Written by Morgan Taylor