Sometimes I am not nice to myself. It comes in various forms. It could be my self-talk, saying yes when I should say no, or getting caught up in feeling like I am not doing enough. And you know what that leads to? Less self-care, more comfort foods, less sleep and more stress.
Sound vaguely familiar?
Did you know that less self-care, more comfort foods, less sleep and more stress all = weight gain?
So, if you want to end December without feeling like you are squeezing into your pants, be nice to yourself.
Here’s why this is important. You set goals and genuinely work hard to achieve them, only to sit scratching your head when you keep falling short. Want to know why? You get in your own way. Even when you are working super hard.Because a sly little assailant called negative self-talk is being given power.
And when the negative self-talk train is steam rolling ahead, it leads you to decisions that do not serve you well. Decisions like saying yes when you should say no, and getting caught up in feeling like you are not doing enough. (Cut in woe-is-me-violin music)
And that is when you start slacking on the self-care, eating more comfort foods, sleeping less because your brain won’t turn off, and stress is mounting in the process. If you already feel like you aren’t doing enough, then the “screw it” factor inserts itself.
So be nice to yourself.
Only say yes to the things that are truly important to you.
Spend an hour on Sunday prepping food to make simple, fast healthy meals in a jiff during the week.
Take 5 minutes a day to do something for yourself.
Know when to fold ‘em at the end of the day to prioritize your sleep. (If you’ve only said yes to the truly important things, your to-do list is shorter and you can get in bed earlier).
Write down or think about 3 things you are grateful for each day before you go to bed.
You are whole and complete just as you are.
You are enough.
You are beautiful.
You are filled with gifts and talents.
You are strong and courageous.