5 Mantras To Recite When You’re Crushing On A Friend, Because It Can Be Confusing

If you've ever caught feelings for a friend, you already know it can be simultaneously exciting and weird. In a situation like this, clearing your mind, taking some deep breaths, and figuring out how you're feeling can be essential, and having mantras to recite when you’re crushing on your friend in your back pocket is a great way to start. After all, having romantic feelings for a friend is hardly impossible, since there's obviously already a reason you want them to be a part of your life. After all, the best relationships are usually built on a foundation of friendship. But at the same time, crushing on a friend can also be a bit scary and confusing. What if it doesn't work out? Will you lose the friendship completely?

While there is never any guarantee of what the future will hold, sometimes, when it feels right to you, it's OK to take a risk, put your heart out there, and see what happens. You might decide friendship is the best way forward for the two of you, but it's also possible that they feel the same way and your dynamic may change. One great way to start building that confidence and clearing your mind before you decide how you want to proceed is through the power of positive thinking. By using affirmations or mantras that reinforce positive helpful ideas, you might be able to quiet the negative self-talk that's so easy to fall into. Onward!

"Caring For Someone Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of."

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Realizing that you have romantic feelings for someone —especially somebody who was previously in the friend zone — may make you feel a little embarrassed. But there's nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to caring for another person. In fact, it's one of the best and most beautiful things about life. This mantra can help you feel confident and embrace the fact that you're a person with feelings and emotions, and that’s totally OK.

"I Know My Own Heart And Mind."

It's easy to feel confused when you realize your feelings for someone are evolving from friendship to something more intimate. Try not to second guess yourself, because being able to rely on your own heart and mind is a powerful thing. So, remind yourself to believe in your heart with this simple mantra.

"I Will Trust My Own Instincts."

Once you know how you feel, the next step is to consider how you want to act. Only you know what's right for you, so reinforcing that it's OK to trust our own instincts and gut can help you decide how to proceed, even if that means keeping your feelings to yourself.

"I Am Stronger Than Feelings Of Rejection, And I Will Be OK No Matter What."

Any time you put your heart on the line, there's almost always a risk of rejection. It's just part of life and the pursuit of love. And while it's not fun, it's also not the end of the world. Being able to accept that, let it go, and know you're strong enough to persevere through it is empowering and healing. Remind yourself how strong you really are with this mantra.

"I Am Worthy Of Love And Being Loved In Return."

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Because you are. Whether that's with your friend or someone else, you deserve and are worthy of love.

The beauty of mantras and positive affirmations is how, by simply repeating these to yourself and quieting your mind, you can help combat feelings of negativity and anger. It's always a useful tool, whether you're falling for a friend, or just really want to get some personal and emotional clarity. Clear a few minutes, take some slow, deep breaths, and repeat these to yourself. You never know what you may discover.