How do you talk to yourself? How do you talk about yourself? I made a post about positive affirmations a while back. They may sound hokey, but I truly believe they work.
Did you know that your brain is incredibly elastic? It is not easy, and it takes dedication, but with time, your brain will believe the things you tell it. Crazy, right?
A little about me
I have struggled with low self esteem for as long as I can remember. Pretty much my entire life I have wondered, What if I was prettier, or smarter, or wasn’t bipolar, or more in shape? What if I was a better wife or friend or mother?
These thoughts have poisoned my outlook on life for decades and I finally decided to do something about it.
What can you do?
The easiest way to get started with a more positive outlook is to write down these negative things you think about yourself.
- I’m not pretty enough
- I don’t like my body
- I’m not a good wife
- I’m not a good mother
- My mental illness makes me unlovable
- I wish I was smarter
It is difficult to put on paper, so to speak, but it is necessary to acknowledge these deeply ingrained thoughts before you can change them.
Next, write a 2nd list with NEW affirmations that you will say to yourself on a daily basis.
- I am beautiful the way I am
- My body has done wonderful things
- I am a good wife
- My children love me and I do my best
- Despite my mental illness, I am very loved
- I am smart and capable
Tape these affirmations on your bathroom mirror, and repeat them every morning when you wake up. Then, crumble up that old list and throw it away. (Or burn it if you want to really send a message to your brain.)
If you REALLY want to send a message to your brain that enough is enough, you need to up your self care game.
Self care is integral for mental health. We need to be taking time, daily if possible, for things that make us feel happy and warm and fuzzy inside.
I am starting a 30 day self care challenge in my Facebook group and I would love to have you join me. Click here to join in (Make sure you are following my page and have notifications enabled.) I am going to post daily there around 8am CST starting 4/1 with your challenge for the day. I am giving away a participation prize to one lucky winner. Here is the google doc you will need to get started. So print that out and make sure to like and follow my Facebook page.
Comment below if you are going to join in! You can also share this post to get your friends involved. Let’s make YOU a priority.