How often do you let your inner critic stop you from going after what you truly desire? Or do you allow your inner critic to run rapid and beat you up?
At the start of motherhood, I wasn't aware of how negative I spoke to myself. I was my own biggest critic. It pains me now, to think how long I allowed this painful internal dialogue to play out.
Now, I call my inner critic Sharon; it's the name people accidentally address me in emails or the barista at Starbucks will call out my drink order. Being called Sharon use to rev me up, but now I laugh because it's not that big of a deal. Giving my inner critic a name helps me to see this negativity as silly and not to take her so damn seriously!
I've rounded up four ways to calm your inner critic:
1) Acknowledge that your inner critic is in the room.
2) Get curious about your fear and current needs.
3) Love on yourself
4) Visualize the best-case scenario
Our inner critic can be a useful tool to observe wounds or fears. When you bring awareness to the critical internal dialogue, you can respond rather than react.
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Shannon McAlister | Educator, wifey and conscious mama who is practicing mindful living + appreciating the everyday magic!