Inspiring Mantras to Repeat When Dark Winter Days are Getting you Down
Just like that, we are already over one month into 2018. Some experts say only 8% of people actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions and keep pushing towards their goals. Shorter days and freezing temperatures in the winter make it hard to stay motivated, but these 11 quotes to keep you going this winter, help you remember why you started and where you’re going. You will be one of those people in the 8%!
Write these quotes on your mirror. Put them on sticky notes and hide them in your gym bag for later. Post them on Instagram and pin them to encourage others. Do whatever it takes to get these words in front of you when you need them most.
Be encouraged that starting AT ALL is a victory on its own, and so much further than most people get with their fitness journey.
You may feel unsure and anxious when you try something new, but that feeling will pass (I promise!) and this process will help you realize how much you are capable of doing.
The self-care trend is more than just a cute excuse to do face masks (although it’s definitely that, too). Give yourself grace when you mess up. Show yourself love by doing something you enjoy every day. Respect yourself enough to take care of YOU!
Until you are truly happy with yourself, you’ll never find happiness in anything (or anyone) else. Get up in the morning and start your day by telling yourself 3 reasons you are awesome that day.
Ok ladies, this one is key. As women, we can be so jealous and insecure around other beautiful women. But guess what: flowers don’t sit around thinking about which one is the prettiest, they just BLOOM!
Don’t waste precious time thinking you’re inferior. You could be using that time to grow and bloom into your own unique beauty.
We’ve talked about this before but micro-goals. are. everything. Set small, reasonable goals for yourself. As you knock each one off your list, your confidence will grow, and you will build all the momentum you need to keep moving forward. Before you know it, you’ll have achieved the huge, scary goal you never imagined you’d reach!
When you’re scrolling through social media or people-watching at the gym, you might find yourself feeling inadequate compared to others. Here’s the problem with that: you have no idea what their fitness journey has been like. Maybe they’ve been at the gym five days a week for the last ten years! Maybe they lost fifty pounds with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. You only feel bad about your progress because you don’t have all the facts.
Stay focused on your goals because in the end, you are doing this for YOU. Nobody else. Every step in the right direction is a victory.
This may be the hardest pill to swallow on your journey. You’ll likely lose friends, especially those that don’t respect or support the changes you are making. Maybe you simply find out you no longer have too much in common now that you’ve changed your priorities. It might even be as simple as deciding to dedicate your extra money to a gym membership instead of a Saturday night out or shopping trip.
But you’re doing this to improve everything – your health, your mind, your self-confidence. Keep going. Just because the changes sting a little doesn’t mean they aren’t necessary.
This quote goes hand in hand with the one above. When you first start your journey, there will be people who just don’t understand it. They will question your every step and make you feel silly about the choices you’re making.
More often than not, their reactions are simply the result of their own deep insecurities and fears about themselves. Who knows: you might be able to encourage them to make some healthy changes if you can respond to their criticism with kindness!
If you’ve ever been hiking, you know this is true. Sometimes the prettiest views can only been reached after some hard work and a little bit of pain. The same is true of your fitness journey: you are getting healthier physically and you are growing in amazing ways! Just keep going, because at the end the view might be breathtaking.
Don’t be afraid to take risks and jump headfirst into challenges–it’s the only way to get stronger. The fear of failure is real, but what’s the worst that could happen? Maybe you feel silly. Maybe you fall down. Maybe you even get hurt. If you’re keeping your heart in the right place, all of these things will make you stronger! If a challenge scares you, then look at it as an opportunity to grow…and dive in.
If you have nothing but negative things to say about yourself, eventually, you will be convinced that those things are true! That’s just not fair. Would you say those same things to your sister, your best friend, or literally ANYONE else? Probably not.
There is something to be said for self-awareness: it’s important to be honest about our weaknesses so we can make improvements. But if you’re constantly saying horrible things about yourself to yourself, you won’t even believe you’re worth the effort to change. And you absolutely are. When you hear the negative self-talk, shut. it. down!
Hopefully one of these quotes met you where you’re at right now. I’m telling you, if you can start repeating positive words to yourself consistently, the way you see the world will start to change. Let’s all shoot to uplift ourselves and others, instead of shooting them down.