Struggling with negative self-talk? Here are 10 things you can do to overcome your inner critic!

Practice mindfulness

Never underestimate the power of mindfulness to cultivate self-awareness and detachment from negative thoughts. By focusing on the present moment without judgement, you can interrupt the cycle of self-criticism. Modalities such as meditation and breathwork can help you centre your thoughts and create space for positivity and self-reflection.

Treat yourself with kindness and compassion

Redirect your inner dialogue by adopting a kinder tone towards yourself. Be your own best friends and treat yourself with the same compassion you extend to others. Cultivate a mindset of self-love, understanding that the challenges we face, often foster growth.

Practice self-care

Prioritise self-care as a means of nurturing your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Whether it’s getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, or engaging in activities you enjoy, self-care reinforces a positive self-image. Taking time for yourself can rejuvenate your spirit and build resilience against inner-critic.

Challenge those self-critical thoughts

Actively challenge your inner-critic! Go within and seek out the beliefs behind those critical thoughts. Are they even founded? Are they maybe old, outdated beliefs? Perhaps beliefs that were instilled in you by others? Replace these negative thoughts with new, updated beliefs that align with your current and authentic self and foster a mindset that celebrates achievements and strengths rather than getting caught up in perceived shortcomings.

Set realistic expectations for yourself

Reevaluate your expectations and set achievable goals. Unrealistic standards can fuel negative self-talk. Break down large tasks into manageable steps, celebrating small victories along the way. This approach not only boosts your confidence but also helps silence the inner critic who tends to make an appearance when we’re feeling overwhelmed.

Forgive yourself

Grant yourself the grace to move beyond past mistakes and forgive. Holding onto guilt and shame only amplifies negative self-talk. Release yourself from the burden of perfection and open your heart and mind to the lessons learned from your life experiences.

Practice gratitude

Cultivate a mindset of gratitude by focusing on the positive aspects of your life. Establish a regular habit of reflecting on the things you’re thankful for, shifting your attention away from what you feel is missing. Gratitude helps reframe your perspective and encourages a more optimistic outlook that can counteract the effects of negative self-talk.

Surround yourself with positive people

Surround yourself with individuals who uplift and support you. Positive social connections can serve as a buffer against negative self-talk. Share your thoughts and feelings with friends or family members who offer encouragement and constructive feedback, creating a supportive environment.

Set boundaries

Establishing boundaries is key to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others. Learn to say no when necessary, protecting your time and energy. Setting clear boundaries promotes self-respect and prevents overcommitting, in turn reducing the likelihood of self-critical thoughts that come from feeling overwhelmed.

Seek out support if needed

Professional support can make a world of difference battling that inner-critic. Whether it’s through traditional therapy and/or alternative methods like hypnotherapy, professionals can provide guidance and tools to help you overcome self-critical patterns. Hypnotherapy, in particular, offers a holistic approach, addressing the subconscious mind to help you reframe negative thoughts, create positive habits, build self-confidence and establish personal boundaries. Don’t hesitate to reach out and enlist the help you need on your journey to self-empowerment and well-being.

Lewina K. Aldred, RCH (she/her/elle)
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