We can be very critical of ourselves, especially when we want something but we are not getting it- like weight loss, or those things that require a happy spirit and good mood - like finding and developing healthy, fun relationships.
If you’ve ever been aware of the times you’ve put yourself down, you may understand that being overly critical is not a friendly state to be in, and worse…it often does not support the change that you aspire for. The good news? You can turn your inner critic dialogue around.
75% of American women surveyed endorse unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies."
Source: Three Out Of Four American Women Have Disordered Eating, Survey Suggests, Science News, July 18, 2011
There are stories we tell ourselves around every corner. Often, when you are not quickly getting what you want, the stories running through your mind are those which are unhelpful. In the hope of truly supporting ourselves, these stories need to change.
Here’s what you may be telling yourself...
Here are some examples of stories you may be telling yourself when trying to get what you want in health and weight:
6. If I only had “X” then I can do that
7. I’ll just rebound anyway, so why try?
You may notice that these brief story lines sound a lot like excuses. If you know someone using these phrases directly following a time period where they thought they could do something, you know they have conjured up a storyline that is working directly against their original goal.
Here’s where your inner critic really comes from...
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