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Mantras for the Holiday Season and Beyond

petals on the pavement, 12.10.15On Sunday I wrote a holiday reminder for all of us. Today, I’m sharing some mantras you can say to yourself — whether it’s during the holiday season or into the new year. Because sometimes we get overwhelmed, sometimes we’re unsure, and a quick word or sentence can be a balm to our weary souls.

You can say these mantras out loud or to yourself. You can say them as your hands rest on your chest. You can say them with your hands in prayer position. You can say them as you’re driving. You can sing them. You can write them in your journal. Over and over. You can do whatever feels best.

  • I have permission to do what I need.
  • I can take my time.
  • I always have my breath.
  • The ones I love who are no longer here are forever in my heart, beating as my heart beats, breathing with my breath.
  • My intention for today is __________.
  • It’s OK — healthy and good — to ask for help.
  • I can.
  • Calm.
  • This cold, cracked pavement has petals too.
  • Look within.
  • I give myself space to feel this, to think about this, to make a decision about that. I give myself the space I need.
  • OM.
  • My body deserves care and compassion.
  • I can say no at any time.
  • I can say yes to myself.
  • There is laughter and love in this mess.
  • Blessed.
  • Grateful.
  • I support myself.
  • I support my loved one.
  • Love.
  • Warmth.
  • Gentle.
  • Joy.
  • Spirit.
  • Sacred.
  • Faith.
  • Celebrate beauty in all places.
  • This part of myself is not the enemy.
  • Kindness. Choose kindness.
  • My body is home.
  • I protect this self, my precious self.
  • This is hard. And it’s also temporary.
  • This too. This too.
  • I am strength.
  • I am feet firmly planted on the ground.
  • I am life.
  • Every feeling is welcome.
  • I accept it all, even though it’s tough sometimes.
  • Accept. Accept. Accept.
  • I can take action.
  • I can solve this.
  • I am power-full, not power-less.
  • I am enough. Always enough.
  • There is magic. So much magic.
  • Feast.
  • Every inhale, every exhale, is a miracle.

Write down the words that feel true, that physically, in your body, in your bones, feel true. Write one or two mantras down on a scrap of paper. Keep it close by.

What mantras are especially meaningful to you?

Mantras for the Holiday Season and Beyond

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2015). Mantras for the Holiday Season and Beyond. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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