Thursday, March 17, 2016

Keeping It Positive

Some days you wake up and you just feel shit about your body. You feel like you're shaped weird and no one likes you and you're worthless. That voice telling you how fierce you are is buried deep behind the mountains of self doubt you built up. You gotta shake it up, get yourself out of that head space. Here's some things that help me counteract those negative Nancy's in my head in the moment AND things you plan ahead for.

  1. Surround yourself with positivity.
    1. Hang out with friends or loved ones that make you laugh. If you're in a situation without people you love, you can go to local animal shelter and volunteer for the day! The animals there are always full of unconditional love.
  2. Get rid of any real life Nancy's in your life.
    1. Clean out your social media of all the people you follow just to compare yourself to. Delete any one who's promoting an unhealthy lifestyle, mentally/physically/emotionally. Throw away magazines or movies or books that make you feel bad about yourself. If someone in your life is influencing in an unhealthy way, explain to them that you need some time off to recenter yourself.
  3. Create a self care kit.
    1. This will be different for everyone. It could include a playlist, a funny movie, an inspiring poem, bath bombs, a soft blanket, sneakers to take yourself on a walk, your favorite snack, a giftcard for your favorite coffee, anything.
  4. Catch yourself before you wreck yourself.
    1. When you start negative self talk, acknowledge it. Put a big roadblock in that train of thought's way and steer it to brighter pastures. Make a list of 5 things you like about yourself that don't include physical aspects. Do this every time you think or say something negative about yourself, whether it's about your body or not.
  5. Drink some water.
    1. Also make sure you've been getting enough sleep, are eating enough, taking your meds, and just in general treating yourself right. Your physical well being can affect your mood.
What helps you break down the walls of negative self talk/thought? I'd love to know any tips for survival that I left out.

Until Next Time,
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