Nourish November: November 3- Be Kind to Yourself
Updated: Nov 7, 2020
I don't know about you, but it's easy for me to be hard on myself. It's almost effortless to pile on the expectations and mix in a montage of recent mistakes. The reality is that neither of these behaviors are helpful for me. I want to set myself up for happy days and success. To do this, I need to have an inner monologue that is similar to how I would encourage a friend or loved one.
It's also important to remember, “Just because I think it, doesn't mean it's true.” When we think negative things about ourselves, those are just thoughts. It doesn't mean they are real or true. If this is an area you need to work on, maybe start out slowly. Try a daily, evening practice of thinking of three things you did well each day. Maybe compliment yourself when you look in the mirror or give yourself a brief pep talk before a presentation or challenging workout.
By building and cultivating these small practices, you will slowly prepare your mind to help and not hurt you the next time you are in a crisis. Your anxiety and stress will be in a much better place, if you are your own personal advocate and you can calmly talk yourself through a difficult situation. Remember you are worthy of so many things, and you are doing more than you realize.