For most people, the stress isn’t going away.
Your self talk can make all the difference in how much stress you feel and how it affects you, both now and in the future.
What’s more important is how we choose to respond and what we tell ourselves about what happened.
1. I am putting the past behind me.
No matter what happened that led you to feel as you do today, you can put it behind you and start over. There are some things that you can’t do over, and some that just won’t turn out the way you wanted, no matter what. You can always learn from the past and move forward.
2. I am focusing on the one next positive step.
All it takes is one positive step forward, no matter how small. It might be to make one small shift in what you are eating or what you are thinking. It might be to let go of some notion that you have been attached to. Take that step today and don’t look back.
3. I am doing the best I can.
Most people don’t give themselves enough credit that they really are doing the best they can. We judge ourselves more harshly than anyone else, and we are the hardest to please. When you know better, you do better.
Remember that judgment sucks, no matter what side of it you are on.
4. It’s NOT that hard.
This is my new mantra when I hear myself saying “it’s too hard…” or “I can’t …” If you counteract these thoughts quickly, then it shifts your thinking and opens new possibilities. Try it!
5: “I will never give up!”
Don’t ever give up, no matter how frustrated or discouraged you may feel. Give yourself the gift of support if you need it (we all do.) It’s never too late to make a fresh start, right from where you are … with what you have to work with.
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