Self-Acceptance + The Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well Being
One of the handiest strategies for this kind of work is direct, intentional tools that heal our self-talk, like affirmations and mantras. The rewiring that these tools do for our mind through the amazing neuroplasticity our brains are capable of can deliver targeted healing toward the way we speak to ourselves about our past, present, and future. When we practice affirmations—typically simple “I” statements that are specialized to counteract the negative thoughts in our brains—we’re using a tool backed by science to change the way we think. So the next time you catch yourself saying “I’m a trash human because of that thing I did,” flip it around to a kind and loving statement. Over time, your brain will start to go down the path of self-acceptance all on its own.
Today, consider the affirmations you’ve been using and see what needs to be tweaked to meet you in this moment. If you haven’t used affirmation work yet, build 3 affirmations to begin healing your self talk today.
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