We’ve all reached a point where the frustrations of everyday life can put us in a bad mood. Every once in a while, it can be a challenge to get out of that frame of mind. When this happens, it is easy for your spirit to despair. Your attitude doesn’t have to be this way, but you may need a little help to get out of it. That’s where the powerful mantras of positive thinking come in.

Scientific research shows that positive thinking can be a great tool to improve your cognitive health. Saying inspiring mantras or messages to yourself can change your emotions by redirecting brain activity from negative thoughts and feelings to positive ones. Even if you’re not the type to meditate, just saying it can be enough to bring about a significant change in mood.

10 powerful mantras to overcome the feeling of hopelessness

Here are ten powerful and inspiring mantras to remember when you’re stuck with a feeling of hopelessness.

1. “I will improve”

Telling yourself that you will improve can give you the strength you need to move on to the next minute or the next year. Even if you don’t believe it, telling yourself can drive away your feeling of hopelessness long enough to take you to the next moment. Say it once or a hundred times. Say it to yourself or say it out loud. Just say it and say it often.

One of the worst parts of feeling hopeless is feeling like your suffering has no end. Often this is just a feeling, albeit a strong one, and is usually not reality. Telling yourself that you will improve helps you see that you will overcome suffering. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

2. “I’m putting myself first”

There is something very noble about putting others first, but you cannot do it at the cost of sacrifice. Remember that you are as important as everyone around you. You need to embrace your self esteem. Your goals, dreams and wishes are important and will only come true if you pursue them.

That means putting yourself first.

Many people feel selfish when they put themselves first. The truth is, you’ve probably put others first for a long time. You have given them every opportunity to get up while helping them not to fall. You’ve done your part, so you don’t have to feel selfish.

3. “Yesterday you said tomorrow”

Procrastination is a common symptom of hopelessness. It’s easy to say “tomorrow.” It’s hard to say “right now.” However, you have to say “right now” because yesterday you told yourself “tomorrow.”

Yesterday is today.

Even if you don’t feel like it and also if you don’t have the motivation, do it anyway. Push yourself harder than ever before.

It’s hard to overcome your inertia. Inertia is the tendency to do nothing to change your situation. However, inertia is usually the hardest part of the journey. Once you’ve gotten over that inactivity, the rest will be easy. Suddenly, your hopelessness begins to turn into hope, followed by motivation, followed by success.

4. “You haven’t come that far to stop now”

If your hopelessness is due to the obstacles you face, this is an excellent message for you. It reminds you of where you started and everything you had to face to get to where you are now. When things seem difficult, don’t give up. You have faced and overcome so many obstacles successfully. There is no reason to think that the same results cannot be achieved with more barriers.

Sure, this hurdle may be the hardest of all so far, but that just means the payoff will be even greater once you get past it. You have heard the saying, “no pain, no gain”, because, although pain is not necessary, the effort that costs you and that is why you suffer a lot, is a kind of pain, isn’t it?

That applies here, so don’t give up. Keep pushing, whether you have to go over, under, around or through the obstacle you face.

5. “Let it go”

Too often, people get caught up in things that happened in the past. The past is just that, it cannot be changed. You must let it go and move on with your life. You must start a new chapter. It’s okay to start a new chapter. You must allow yourself to forgive yourself and others for the things that happened. You have to be willing to accept the idea that there may be a new future.

Leaving the past behind can be difficult, especially if you are still in the same environment as your past. This environment can be toxic if you don’t have people who are willing to support your growth. Trust that your self-esteem is excellent enough to pursue a better future, and focus your attention on that. Even the most successful people in the world have had to put aside some things from the past.

6. “I am enough”

Reminding yourself that you are enough is one of the most important messages you can tell yourself frequently. Life can be tough, and sometimes you may feel like you can’t. However, it is not impossible. You can do it. You are strong enough. You are a fighter and you have all the tools you need to succeed within you. You are enough to conquer your hopes and dreams.

Sometimes feelings of hopelessness can be due to being overwhelmed, feeling like you are lost. After all, life doesn’t stop and it gives you time to catch up.

Right now, you need to give yourself a break. Stop, breathe and remember that you are enough. Think positive thoughts. Think about what it will be like to be successful and you will find yourself much more motivated than before. Say it over and over again, as many times as necessary until you can focus and focus.

7. “Things don’t happen to me, they just happen”

When you’re feeling desperate, it can be easy to take things personally. Remember, things happen. It’s not your fault and it’s not a losing streak. It’s life doing what life does: giving you lemons. When things happen, take some time to think honestly about what happened. Something happened to you? Or is it a random event that can happen to anyone? Usually you will see that it is the latter.

When things happen, it is not the end of the world. There are more opportunities around the corner. Just remember, when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, remember that things don’t happen to you. These things just happen, and it’s time to make lemonade.

8. “No one can take away my joy”

Your joy is something that belongs to you. It doesn’t belong to anyone else unless you give it away. You have the opportunity to be as happy as you allow yourself. It doesn’t matter what your situation is. There is always something to be happy about.

In fact, it can be challenging to be happy when you feel desperate. This is the time to remind yourself of all that you should be happy about. Jotting down all the reasons why you need to be happy can be a powerful tool.

On the one hand, you will stop thinking about whatever it is that makes you feel desperate. On the other, it can help you focus on the things that make you feel good. You’d be surprised how writing down these reasons can change your focus and suddenly open your eyes to a plan for a happier life.

9. “I choose to be happy”

Life is full of choices. Happiness is one of them. You can choose to stay in your current sad and hopeless state of mind, or you can simply choose to be happy. This does not mean that all the pain in your life will suddenly disappear. This means that you don’t have to be overwhelmed by it. It is much easier to solve your problems when you are happy.

Being happy may not be easy at first. You may have to fake it until you get it. Smile even when you don’t feel like it. Spend time with your friends, it’s also okay if you just want to get under your sheets. Choose happiness. Thus, with the snap of two fingers, you can only be happy. You deserve it.

10. “I am loved and cared for”

Love can conquer anything. You are loved. Sometimes feelings of hopelessness can close your heart so that you cannot feel the love of others. If you don’t feel the love, repeating this mantra is more important than all the others.

Say to yourself every day, several times a day, that you love and care for yourself. Spend time with people who love and care about you so that you can have proof that they love and care for you.

When you tell yourself, you are loved and cared for. Little by little you will begin to open your heart. You will give yourself permission to be loved. It may be scary at first, but keep going. Love can heal whatever is causing your hopelessness.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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