I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to over analyze. The smallest things will not just throw off the day, but bleed into the next. I’m paranoid, insecure and borderline neurotic.

But I’m a good person. I have a good heart and even better good intentions. So why do I let the smallest missteps turn into giant holes to bury myself in? Why can’t I just let things go? Why is it so hard to go a day without wondering who I pissed off, who I didn’t talk to enough and who is judging me more than I’m already judging myself?

I’ve been told to try meditation. It’s something I’m definitely on board with but yet to really dig into. Recently, however, I came across this list of 15 things to remember. Like quotes, they are mantras that I repeat to myself whenever something happens I wish to get over. They’ve saved me from the whirlwind of my mind and stop me every time I wish to over analyze. I urge you to write these down, print this out or try your best to memorize them.  Trust me, they’ll save you one day.

1. That thing you did that was kind of embarrassing and weird, everyone else forgot about that already.

2. You look fine today. If you can’t notice something on your face standing 6 feet from a mirror then nobody else will either.

3. Social lives can go through cycles sometimes, if you feel like your friends are all ignoring you for no reason they’re probably just busy with other things.

4. If you can’t stop thinking about someone or something, read a book, paint your nails or watch a movie. It won’t solve any serious problems but you will feel better.

5. Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.

6. If you want something, go get it.

7. Drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit, exercise more, go outside, get enough sleep and think positive thoughts.

8. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.

9. Throw away the idea of a perfect tomorrow and live in the moment.

10. Stop comparing yourself to others.

11. A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. It’s a privilege to simply be alive and healthy. Start acting like life is a blessing.

12. Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.

13. You will change. You’re not the same person you were three years ago. you’re not even the same person you were three minutes ago and that’s okay. especially if you don’t like the person you were three minutes ago.

14. You don’t have to open the curtains if you don’t want to.

15. Being happy is the most important thing.

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Lauren Martin
Just another girl in the world...and founder of Words of Women

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