I am working hard on changing my self-talk.
It's amazing how many negative thoughts I think about myself each day.
I make my life so much harder than it needs to be.
Here are some of my negative thoughts:
I'm so tired, I can't do anything.
I'm never going to be able to do this.
I look so old.
This is too hard.
This is too much.
I'm so depressed.
This will never get better.
I'm so sick. I'll never feel better.
The first step is for me to notice when I start thinking this way.
I know not everything is going to be happy, happy, happy, ALL the time.
However, I can change my self-talk to be a bit more gentle.
I COULD say:
I am a little tired, but I'll be okay.
I can do some of this.
I look okay today.
This is kind of hard, but I'll try.
This is a lot to handle right now, but it will get better.
I am feeling a little bit down, but I know I will feel better after my walk or shower.
I will get better.
This is just for a little while.
I can try.
For all of my life I have been very hard on myself.
I have always pushed myself and beat myself up when I don't get something "perfect".
I am really tired of living this way.
I want to change this story.
I want to treat myself with gentle, loving hands.
How would I treat my friend?
I would tell them to take care of themselves.
To love themselves.
To all of my friends in recovery, treat yourself with tender, loving care today. You are on a wonderful path of healing and joy.