Say Goodbye to Negative Thoughts

Slip Mill road, Hawkhurst

From the desk of Caitlin Hanson,

Today I fell on the ice – hard. 

Living in the midwest, it’s almost inevitable that something like this will happen at least once…

And for the first time this winter, it happened to me. But this time, at the worst possible moment – in front of complete strangers in a public parking lot.

When we are in vulnerable moments like that, it’s hard to not cover it up. And since there is nothing else to do, you just have to get up on your feet again. (I mean, you could definitely stay down there – no judgment or shame here!)

Think about the last time you were in a vulnerable, maybe awkward situation similar to that – whether it was inwardly or outwardly. 

What was going through your mind? 

For me it was, Oh my gosh, everyone saw that I just biffed it! This is so embarrassing! And when in reality, a majority of people probably would give their sympathy or wonder if I was okay.

As I hopped over to my car and started the ignition, I began to reflect on all the negative thoughts that were flooding my mind in that moment and how I almost always allow myself to think the worst of a situation, leading me to be overly-critical of myself.

So…how can we eliminate thinking negatively about ourselves?

1. Daily Reminders

We can be our own worst enemy sometimes, and it’s easier said than done, but making an effort to create a habit every morning or evening to remind yourself that you have a lot to give in your relationships and professional life can help to remind you of your worth. Having a positive view of yourself can lead to better affirmations and behavior around others.

2. New Perspectives

Reach out to others who know the personal struggles of negative self talk and verbally process

with them. Sometimes a new perspective on this and little encouragement goes a long way!

3. The Power of Journaling and/or Prayer

Sometimes we need to vent, and writing some of our thoughts down can give us a new way of recognizing why it is stressing us out and giving us a negative view of ourselves. Prayer is also a huge way we can bring our anxieties and intrusive thoughts to God. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” It’s comforting to know God is always there to listen and willing to carry our burdens.

You are not alone in the battle of struggling with being hard on yourself. And with that, it is so important to give yourself grace. 

And as I slowly stood up from the ground, I realized that no one saw what had happened, and I laughed, thinking that it actually wasn’t as embarrassing as I thought it was. At that moment, I decided to give myself grace.

Did this blog resonate with you?

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