May Challenge: Talk to Yourself Nicely
It’s easy to see all of the strengths, accomplishments, and potential of the people we’re closest to. But it’s not always so easy to see the same great characteristics in ourselves. Having positive dialogue with yourself, on a daily basis, can keep you motivated to stick with healthy choices and reach your goals. It can also make the process of reaching your goals a whole lot more fun.
This month, your challenge is to practice positive self-talk. Here are our favorite tips to get you started.
Implement more “get to’s”: When you tally up all the things you have to do in a single day, it might feel overwhelming. Or maybe it feels underwhelming, with only a few mundane tasks. When it comes to making healthy choices, re-word your self-talk to “I get to” instead of “I have to”. For example, instead of saying “I have to wake up early for spin class tomorrow”, say “I get to take spin class tomorrow morning and feel great for the rest of the day!” Simply saying it differently will help change your attitude towards the task from negative to positive.
Remind yourself that you deserve it: It’s much easier to consistently make choices that make you feel your best if you frequently remind yourself that you deserve to feel amazing. Remind yourself on a daily basis that taking time to exercise and eat healthfully isn’t selfish. You can’t fully support your friends, family, and job if you’re not feeling your best. And speaking of friends, family, and work… seek out and surround yourself with people who also remind you that you deserve to take fantastic care of yourself.
Use confident wording: “I will” holds much more power than “I might”. Change wishy-washy wording to confident, go-getter wording. Not feeling super strong and confident? Fake it ‘til you make it! If you speak confidently and positively to yourself on a regular basis, you’ll soon believe what you’re hearing.
Who’s up for our positive self-talk challenge? We’d love to hear how it’s going, so leave us a comment below!