What stories are you telling yourself?
Wellbeing is both a physical and a mental state. We know that we should prioritize exercise, sleep, etc., but it can be easy to forget that the stories we tell ourselves deeply affect and reinforce how we view the world. Here are some considerations to get you thinking:
- Do you compare yourself to others? People are rarely as perfect as you make them out to be, and for every success they could have faced a hundred failures.
- Take a second to smile about your unique quirks. Write down the things you do that surprise others and learn to embrace what makes you YOU!
- Think of the last time you felt that you fell short and write down exactly what you told yourself. How would you feel if someone said that to someone you love?
- Avoid the guilt spiral. If you treat yourself to an ice cream in the middle of your new diet, then enjoy it without beating yourself up. The guilt spiral is more dangerous than an extra scoop.
- Celebrate the little wins. If you didn’t finish today’s ever-growing to do list, take a few minutes to think about what you have done. It is probably more than you give yourself credit for.
- It is not all or nothing. Don’t give up just because you don’t have energy to get to the gym, for example. Go for a short walk or do a few sit ups and be proud that you did something.
- Avoid relationships that bring you down or hurt your confidence. Whether you are letting yourself become the victim or someone else is walking all over you, it could be time for a change.
- Accept compliments. Start by saying “thank you” without adding a “but” or downplaying the comment. Eventually try to accept and believe what others are saying.
- Remember that appreciating and loving yourself is healthy and okay. It is entirely different from being proud or believing that you are better than others.
Share your thoughts now to help your reflections later
There is an unexpected benefit to sharing our reflections with our peers. The simple act of posting our thoughts can help reinforce positive experiences, and help us remember it later on when we need a boost!
“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”– Thomas Kinkade
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