I am my own worst critic. I’ve always been guilty of putting a lot of pressure on myself to succeed. I feel like I have been harsher on myself recently because I’m not where I thought I would be at this point in my life. There are times when I thrive under pressure but more often than not recently it has left me feeling deflated. I think that it’s time I start being a bit kinder to myself. How can I expect myself to succeed when I’m not treating myself very well.
Being kinder to myself
To be honest I think we could all do with being a bit nicer to ourselves. I don’t think that we would talk to our friends as badly as we talk to ourselves. There are a few things I’m going to try in an effort to be nicer to myself.
Focus on the good
I need to pay more attention to the things that going well and try to forget about everything that is going wrong. Even if the good things are only something little they are still worth celebrating.
Exercise more and eat better
I have been failing miserably with this recently and I don’t think that is helping the situation. To be kinder to myself I need to give more thought into what I’m putting in my body and how little activity it is doing. I also need to try and drink a lot more. If I feel like I’m taking care of myself a bit better then it will generally help my well-being.
Try and get more sleep
I have been trying to do this for a while now as I have had problems sleeping for many years. Routine has been helping and every night I now drink a mug of the Clipper Sleep Easy Infusion and I’ve found it actually helps. I’m now averaging about six hours sleep per night which is a massive improvement for me. I don’t know if it is the actual tea that is helping or whether it has created an association with sleep.
Focus less on the past
There is of course an argument for looking back and reflecting on how far you have come. What I’m talking about is looking back and focusing on all those things that have gone wrong or that I should have done differently. There is no point dwelling on the past, it is a completely pointless exercise. You can’t change anything and I do believe that you shouldn’t regret anything. You can take something positive from everything you have done.
One day at a time
In an effort to stop me putting too much pressure on myself I am just going to take one day at a time. There is no point thinking really far into the future at the moment while I have no idea how things will pan out in life and work.
Comparison is the thief of joy
As cliche as this is it is 100% true. Looking at other people who have achieved similar goals to my aims is not going to help me feel any better about myself. I’m just going to focus on what I’m doing and forget what everyone else is doing.
Do you have any tips for treating yourself a bit better?