Notice Your Inner Critic

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The Lowdown

You might have noticed that inner voice that keeps telling you that you’re not good enough, or that you don’t deserve what you get, or that what you’re doing is wrong. To varying degrees, we all have it, and it’s so ingrained in our thinking process that most of the time we don’t even notice it happening.

While it’s not always a bad thing to analyse your behaviour in certain moments, a pattern of negative thoughts towards yourself can result in stress, anxiety, unhealthy behaviours and even depression.

During the week, whenever you notice your inner critic, try the following:

  1. Identify the thought. What did I just say to myself? Say it out loud and observe how it sounds. Would you speak like that to a friend?

  2. Question the belief or the thought. What proof do I have that this is true? The thought, the feeling or even the emotion is real (it’s happening!) but, is it true? Even if the answer is yes, questioning it will give you space and perspective to treat yourself more kindly.

  3. What would my life be like if I didn’t have this belief? Imagine the possibilities if you were to live your life free from that harmful belief.

Why is it good?

By noticing your negative thinking patterns you will be able to take control over your inner critic and adapt or change the way you speak to yourself, so that you become more confident, emotionally resilient, optimistic and have greater life satisfaction.

Some ideas

Here are some common phrases and situations where people tend to criticise themselves negatively:

  • There’s nothing fun in this booster and people will hate it.

  • How could I be so stupid?

  • There’s no way I can do this.

  • I’m such a loser.

  • No one will like me.


Extra Brownie Points

Eat a brownie and tell your inner critic: “Get a life and take your dietary comments with you!”

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