Why You Should Develop a Personal Mantra

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Verywell / Julie Bang

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The Verywell Mind Podcast's “Friday Fix” is a short episode that features a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 119

Could repeating a phrase to yourself over and over again actually improve your mental health? As simple as it sounds, there’s a good chance that developing a personal mantra could make a positive difference in your life.

A simple mantra could help you stay on track with your goals, drown out negative thoughts, help you resist temptations, or even help you perform better.

But, most people confuse a mantra with a positive affirmation. They’re not exactly the same thing.

So in this Friday Fix, I explain the difference. I also share how you can develop your own personal mantra.

I share some examples of how people use them too—from clients in my therapy office to professional athletes. 

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.