Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and sensispirit.wordpress.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our first topic is focused on « Self Love. » Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!
The inner critic is the private conversations you have with yourself which can be either a powerful stepping stone or a major obstacle to reaching your goals.
Here are some tips to aid you in silencing your inner critic:
- Stop the comparison between yourself and others. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” Try avoiding the desire to scroll endlessly through social media platforms and comparing your life to that of others. Remember, people mostly tend to show and project the positive images of their lives – you never really know how people are really feeling behind the facade. We all have issues, don’t worry.
- Stop ruminating. When you make a mistake or you’ve had a rough day, you may be tempted to re-play like a movie the events over and over in your head. But, repeatedly reminding yourself of that questionable thing you said will only contribute to you feeling worse and it won’t solve the problem. Clear your mind with meditation and drop it.
- Develop conscious awareness of your thoughts. Pay attention to what you’re thinking or ruminating about and realize that just because you think something, it doesn’t mean it’s true at all. Our thoughts are often over exaggerated and biased. Be aware of your own mind’s contents.
- Be your own best friend. You’d probably offer a friend compassionate words of encouragement like, “You made a mistake but it’s not the end of the world.” Treat yourself equally as kind as you’d treat a friend and apply those words of encouragement to your life.
- Practice Self-compassion. Life is not perfect and nor are we. Just accept that. Growing into that mindset you can then begin to embrace your quirks, move past self-judgment, and let go of your self-critic. You are beautiful just as you are.
- Start a daily self-gratitude journaling habit. Write in your journal five things you are grateful for each day and remember the blessings in your life. Focus on what you want in your life.
We’ll l leave you for now with these to ponder:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”—Dalai Lama
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ~William Shakespeare
We hope this helps sooth your mind and adds some tools into your tool kit for silencing your inner critic and making room for self-love. Let us know how you silence your inner critic below!