“You’re so fat.”
“You’re so ugly.”
“You’re a failure.”
“You always do this.”
“You don’t deserve to be happy.”
So many of us would never speak this way to others.
We know that such words cut deep.
That they have a lasting impact.
Yet, we speak this way to ourselves.
Perhaps not aloud.
But in our own heads.
We beat ourselves up.
We put ourselves down.
Speak to ourselves in ways we’d never speak to others.
Why should we expect these words to affect us any differently than they’d affect others?
Expect them not to cut just as deep?
Not to have just as lasting of an impact?
Every thought you have.
Everything you say to yourself.
Every second of every day.
You live your entire life inside your head.
Is it a nice place to be?
If not, what can you do about it?
Can you set aside a few minutes each day?
To sit alone with your thoughts?
To notice and name them?
To identify those that aren’t serving you?
To work to let them go?
To replace them with thoughts that lift you up?
Thoughts that acknowledge your worth?
You are worth that time.
You are worth that effort.
You are worthy.
You’ve got this.