You know I have noticed that I don't always talk kindly to myself in my head.
Lately, in terms of my weight loss and how I feel about my body, it's definitely improving and I often catch myself telling myself that I look good in something, but my inner dialogue certainly isn't as encouraging as it could be in other areas.
Many of us are in the same boat. So, I have been doing a bit of research around this and I have come up with a strategy that is helping.
Allowing myself to think, and to feel whatever is going on in my head and my heart is one thing, examining it to learn from it is quite another.
We all have a myriad of thoughts and feelings in association with all of the aspects of our day to day living. At work we might feel confident and self-assured, capable and productive, yet in another area of our life we may not. What is important though, is how we talk to ourselves in our head about what we think and feel.
Keeping a close eye on our self-talk enables us to become more aware of it, and gives us an opportunity to change it.
Instead of telling yourself that you're just being lazy when you choose to have a lie in, remind yourself that you've worked hard and that you deserve to take care of yourself in this way. Rather than berating yourself for having a few extra kilograms of weight, remind yourself that you are taking steps to change this and you are doing well.
Here's a strategy that might help:
1. Make a point noticing your thoughts and inner dialogue.
2. Catch your destructive self-talk.
3. Actively change that dialogue to something kind, supportive and loving.
This takes time and effort, but like anything, the rewards will come if you put the work in. It's a matter of persevering, and of keeping going, even when you don't want to. Mostly likely you have thought this way for a very long time without realising it, and it will take time to change habits of a lifetime. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself.
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Until next time,