I’m feeling much better today after a miserable couple days of dizziness, headaches, and vomiting (all at different times, none together). Thankfully I finally feel clear headed and awake, with no dizziness to speak of. I still feel a bit weak and tired but that is more from the lack of food I’ve had over the last two days than anything else. So hurray for feeling better!!
Yesterday I went to a lecture class here at Green Mountain since I couldn’t do any of the fitness activities. The class was about handling holiday stress but one of the things we did and talked about stood out to me more than handling stress. Teri asked us to write down four things we say to ourselves about ourselves every day.
- I want to be lazy, but I can’t, I have to do this.
- That looks cute.
- Keep going, you inspire people.
- I am awesome.
Seriously. I think these things. Every day. I didn’t share my thoughts in class because everyone else was at a completely different place than me and it felt almost inappropriate. But I understood where and why everyone was at the place they were. I was there myself. Years ago my list wouldn’t have been so rosy, it probably would have been something like this:
- You never look good in clothes, why do you even try?
- No one is ever going to love you. You can’t even get one date.
- You are a joke.
- Seriously? That is the best you can do?
I’ve clearly come a long way in my thinking since my depression filled high school days. I’ve learned how to change my thoughts, how to reprogram my mind to think more positively about myself.
In the class Teri made a great point: What we say to ourselves about ourselves creates an energy about us. We will then attract those kinds of comments and thoughts from other people. I know for myself this has been true. We create our own labels and perceptions. The more positively I think about myself the more I get that same reaction from other people. When I think I am awesome, so do other people.
I want to know, what do you say to yourself about yourself? Is it positive? Is it negative? Have you had to change it from negative to positive like I have?