Prompt: Healing Self-Criticism

What is the critical, unkind thought that runs through your mind on repeat? In this post, I share proven ways to heal that self-criticism.
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What is the critical, unkind thought that runs through your mind on repeat?

Is it that you aren’t good enough, and you never will be? Is it that you are a burden? Is it that you don’t fit in? Or is it something else? ⁠ ⁠

Think of that statement that you say over and over in your mind, and then reflect on these questions:

JOURNAL PROMPT: What happened in my life that impacted me so greatly and would cause me to feel that way about myself? As I reflect on my experience(s), what emotions come up for me? If I dig deeper, what other emotions are present?

Before you continue reading, grab your journal, take 5-10 minutes to reflect on the journal prompt, and then keep reading.

I imagine that it has been heavy to carry. I imagine that each time you say that critical thought to yourself, a piece of your heart breaks and feels like it cannot be mended. ⁠

It is understandable that the thought would run through your mind after what you’ve experienced.

You are valuable, you are more than enough, you are not a burden, and you are the opposite of the criticism you say to yourself (or that someone said to you). ⁠

It will take some healing to feel those broken pieces in your heart start to mend, and you are worthy of the healing. You deserve to feel whole. ⁠

The next time you start to say that unkind statement to yourself, will you pause, think of this message, and replace that thought with something kind about yourself?

If you need a statement to start with, feel free to use any or all of these:

  • I matter.
  • My experiences matter.
  • I am important.
  • My thoughts and feelings are important.
  • I am valuable.
  • I am needed and wanted.
  • I am loved.⁠

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I’m Lindsay, a communication skills and relationship coach on a mission to help women like you develop deeper, more fulfilling, and compassionate connections. I’m all about helping you feel fulfilled in your relationships, including your relationship with yourself. I look forward to helping you feel seen, heard, and understood!

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I’m Lindsay, a communication skills and relationship coach on a mission to help women like you develop deeper, more fulfilling, and compassionate connections. I’m all about helping you feel fulfilled in your relationships, including your relationship with yourself. I look forward to helping you feel seen, heard, and understood!

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