Imagine that you had someone with you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that person were unable to leave your side–ever.
Now, imagine that you had to speak to that person all day, every day, without pause. They could not respond and all they could do was listen. Now, what if the majority of what you said to this person was negative? What would happen if the main things that they heard were; they were not good enough, strong enough, thin enough, smart enough, pretty enough or successful enough?
And, when you did not spend that time hurling insults at them, you would be insulting, criticizing and judging others? What do you think would happen to this individual after a period of being exposed to a constant barrage
of negativity? They would more than likely become depressed, anxious, dejected and would probably start to look awful and over a period of time, become ill, right? No one could sustain a steady stream of negativity and survive
Here is the crazy thing about the above mentioned scenario…That person that is with you 24/7, is YOU! We ARE that person with whom we are always having a constant conversation. No matter what we are doing physically,
we are in communication with ourselves, with our bodies – while it is not “spoken” communication; it is in the form of thoughts.
Sadly, most of the things we tell ourselves are not so positive. Think about that for a moment. Reflect on what you spend your time thinking about majority of the day, every day. What do you think to yourself when you catch a glimpse of your body in the mirror? What do you tell yourself when things are not going exactly as you had planned?
We tend to feed ourselves a steady diet of self deprecation, without even realizing it. This can, over time, significantly affect our health and appearance. If we are to live the life that we fully deserve, we must tune into the conversation in our heads and re-word and replace self deprecating thoughts with those of a more positive, uplifting nature. This can significantly improve our lives, our health and ultimately, our appearance!
“When you’re good to yourself, you’re actually being good to everyone
around you because when you feel good, you’ll only react well to other people.
At the same time, it’s very easy for you to do things for other people when you
know that other people are just an extension of yourself.” – Anita Moorjani
Yes, it will feel totally odd and goofy at first, but if you stick to it, you will start to feel so much better.
When you awake in the morning, look into the mirror. Look into your own eyes (again, I know this seems so cliché) tell yourself 5 things that you like about YOU and your life. Just 5 things (if you can’t think of 5 things, then you KNOW this exercise is for YOU, you need this!). Tell yourself these 5 things genuinely. Resist the urge to focus on the things you don’t like! Remember that you are speaking to the most important person in your life!