I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day. Thanks, Mara, for Monday’s message, and thanks to everyone for feedback on last week’s 5x5 challenge.
Thursday’s challenge included finding a picture of yourself as a child and treating yourself as you would that child. Today let’s dig just a bit more deeply into the why behind it.
There are two kinds of stress:
When we place excess expectations on ourselves,
when we beat ourselves up,
when we focus on what we didn’t do and what didn’t work out,
we move ourselves into a state of distress.
When we create realistic expectations,
when we are gentle with ourselves,
when we focus on our strengths and successes,
we move ourselves into a state of eustress.
So why the child picture?
It may be easier to recognize how damaging negative talk is when we connect it with our child-selves.
It may be easier for us to praise ourselves when we connect it to our child-selves.
In a nutshell, take care of yourself.