Lately I have noticed myself feeling grumpy at work. This may seem like no big deal but usually I am one of those annoying people who seems like they just snorted rainbow glitter while riding a unicorn, ie., I am usually weirdly happy and excited about life even when I am serving food to people when, quite frankly, I would rather be eating it.
After about .2 seconds of self reflection I realised this is because a) it is the end of semester and the multiple essays I am writing are floating around in my brain 24/7 and not making me feel particularly peaceful, and b) the novelty of being back at work (after my glorious two month holiday, sigh) has finally worn off and I am remembering that work is not always fairies and rainbows and customers sure can be mean.
I have therefore decided to take action. I cannot simply reply on my usual upbeatness to get me through a shift in which SHIZZLE goes down and customers make me want to do very un-yogi like things like tear out my hair with frustration.
So, I am whipping me out some mantras. I used to be really into mantras a few years ago when I read Miranda Kerr’s (Australian Victoria’s secret supermodel) book, Treasure Yourself. Yes it is aimed at 13 year old girls but let’s be real here, that is pretty much where I’m at mentally and so it really resonated with me. Miranda is a yogi and is big on mantras and affirmations and has a whole bunch of them in her book that I regularly try to remind myself of during stressful situations, eg: I am a being of love and light.
Now, I know some of you are probably throwing up in your mouths a little right now, but please bear with me. I know it sounds a bit sappy. And a bit new-agey. And a bit crazy-yogi-hippy-annoying-rainbowsnorter-person-ey.
But we can talk about it in another context if you like. Cognitive behavioural therapy, ie. one of the most used and effacious therapies out there, would simply put this as reframing your thoughts in order to change your mood (and make your life a more fun place… Okay, those are my words). That doesn’t sound too annoying right?
I really believe that our thoughts make up most of our world and so when we change our thoughts we change that world. Tell yourself that you are happy to be working and you will feel happier at work. Tell yourself that you are enjoying waitressing and you will enjoy it. Tell yourself that you are excited to run that hill/lift those weights/crush that workout and you will do an even better job of it and have fun too. Tell yourself you can give that new yoga pose a try (gently) and you will probably nail it. Tell yourself that you are a being of love and you will radiate that love to everyone that you meet.
I love this mantra in Sanskrit as explained on Mind Body Green:
I am going to be telling myself I LOVE waitressing and reminding myself of all the awesome perks there are with it (seriously there are lots of perks) and that I am so lucky to have a job and that I am a being of love and light and I am gonna shine that on all the customers I encounter (and maybe blind the mean ones with my light just a little bit 😉 ).
So: Do you use any mantras? In running or in life?
Have you heard of Miranda Kerr?– She is a goddess. Can someone please say they’ve read her book so I feel more normal? 🙂