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Self-care is not just about activities, exercise, and taking relaxing bubble baths to unwind. Sometimes, it is about how you show up for yourself and talk to yourself. If you find that most of your thoughts about yourself and your success are negative or toxic, then your self-care routine needs to include positive self-talk and the simple act of being kinder to yourself.
Practicing Positive Self-Talk in the Mirror
This might seem silly, but it really has an amazing impact on how you feel about yourself. Try practicing self-talk while looking in the mirror, as if you are telling yourself everything you love and appreciate about yourself. And yes, this requires actually looking into a mirror and talking to yourself.
It might help at first to write things down that you want to say, so you aren’t standing in front of a mirror just feeling awkward trying to talk to yourself.
What should you say? Anything that says something positive about yourself, but not just your appearance.
Here are some ideas:
- You are strong and capable.
- You can do this!
- You are doing an amazing job.
- Wow, you look so beautiful.
It can also be specific to something you are struggling with, or just a little boost of confidence.
Keep a Journal of Positive Thoughts
You can also start writing in your journal in a more positive way, focusing on only good things to say about yourself. Every time you write in the journal, focus on only saying good things. Even if you made a mistake or you are disappointed by something, just put a positive spin on it. Over time, you will learn how you can make just about anything positive.
Write Down Daily Affirmations
Another excellent self-care activity for practicing positive self-talk is to read and/or write affirmations. Similar to what you say to yourself, these will be short statements or sentences that are positive and help boost your mood and confidence. Different people use them for different things, from helping to reduce anxiety and stress, to boost your self-confidence.
Affirmations are a great way to practice self-care on a daily basis, and only take a couple of minutes to do.
Practice Gratitude for Self-Care
Gratitude is a wonderful practice that everyone should be doing on a daily basis, but if you find you aren’t showing gratitude enough, you can do it as part of your daily self-care routine. Get out your journal, notebook, or just a document on your computer, and try to write 5-10 things you are grateful for each and every day.