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Dear Young MamaBear,
Being you means discovering what you like about yourself. Letting yourself feel good. Allowing yourself to try new things and being okay with failing. Being you means continually working on making yourself feel good about who you are. This can start with some positive self-talk.
Think about yourself from an outsider’s perspective. You would never tell another woman, that you love, the kind of things that you say to yourself every day. You wouldn’t tell her that she is kind of pretty except for that big butt. You wouldn’t tell her that she is stupid for not remembering to get something at the store. You wouldn’t say to your friend that she is broken because of the things that happened to her when she was little. Things that were out of her control. So don’t say those things to yourself.
Don’t let yourself feel like you are not whole. As though you are not worth much. As though you are ugly or stupid or fat. When you let yourself say those things to yourself, you will let others say that about you. You will believe those horrible things about yourself. It’s pretty impossible to be you, the real - amazing - beautiful you, if every day you say those negative, hurtful things about yourself.
You’ll have to change the way that you think. You will consciously have to stop yourself from going to those negative places. You will have to purposefully challenge yourself to think kind, positive things about yourself. This is something that I continue to struggle with.
I recently learned, from someone close to me, about a way to encourage positive self-talk on a daily basis. Every night before she goes to bed, she looks in the mirror and she says, “Today I am proud of you because…”. She ends each day with positive self-talk, even if it's been a really hard day. She comes up with something that she can be proud of about herself. This is a beautiful idea.
I am going to challenge myself every day for an entire month to do this. I will look myself in the eyes every night and tell myself why I'm proud. I am going to challenge myself to go one step further as well. Each morning, when I am getting ready for the day, I am going to look in the mirror and say 3 positive things to myself. I will repeat those like a mantra while I do my makeup and hair. Example: I am smart, I am confident, I am brave. I am smart, I am confident, I am brave. I am smart, I am confident, I am brave. I am going to commit to doing this for 30 straight days.
If you'd like to join me in challenging yourself with some positive self-talk, that would be great. Let me know if you do this by commenting on the blog. We can encourage each other and remind each other over the next 30 days. By the end of the month, we will begin feeling more confident, loved and positive!
I hope you will continue to join me on this journey.
Comment below and let me know if you decide to challenge yourself :)
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