Practice Mindfulness and Awareness
Negative self-talk is common among many people. Often, this happens when we are not even aware or in our subconscious. This leads to a feeling of rejection and judgment within yourself.
Always listen to your inner voice, your feelings and your thoughts. Do you get anxious when you think about yourself? Do you avoid thinking about some traits you have? Do you judge yourself for the way you look, feel, or act?
Yes, these are some difficult questions but we believe answering them will help you to understand what parts of yourself that you find most difficult to accept.
We suggest you sit down, take a deep breath and close your eyes. Focus on your breath for a little while and start thinking about all the negative thoughts you have. Then, think about some of the reasons as to why you may be underestimating yourself. Lastly, think about some of the strengths you have that make you who you are. After that, try to write it down in a journal or somewhere. You can write in 3 separate spaces, your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions. Doing this daily will help you keep track of how you feel and some of the thoughts and behaviors that accompany those feelings. This also will help you recognize the dysfunctional or maladaptive thought patterns that create a vicious cycle in your life and prevent you from fully accepting yourself.
As you build awareness into your thought patterns, you can become more mindful of the way you think and talk to yourself. You might catch yourself being judgemental or not fully accepting of who you are. The first step to positive change is creating awareness and moving forward, mindfully.