“Every little bit counts!”
“You are doing so good!”
Does it? Am I?
I am my own worse critic and in my mind I fail at all or most things. Queue the “no, that’s crazy. You are so great ”
As I have mentioned previously, it is hard for me to relish in my accomplishments, accept compliments, and not second guess my every move.
I am working on a lot of things simultaneously: a career, a blog, weight loss, hair growth, a relationship, and raising my credit score, just to name a few. On top of that, everyday I talk myself out of quitting it all and becoming a hermit and professional napper.
So much like taking care of myself (Tiny Self-Care) , I am learning to see and acknowledge progress big and small. I repeat, learning.
I worked out for 5-15 minutes.
I did not eat a whole bag of chips in one sitting.
I only drank coffee twice this week.
I finished a bottle of water.
I walked up a flight of stairs.
I asked for help
I gave a compliment
I accepted a compliment without trying to argue why I did not deserve it
I shared a personal story
I said no
I did not apologize for something I did not do
I accepted an invitation to hang out
I got out of bed
I told someone or wrote down how I feel
I took a break
I did not redirect my feelings onto my partner or family member
I did not say something negative about myself out loud
If I said a bad thing, I said one good thing.
I left the house
I believed someone when they said something nice about me.
Once I recognize that these are steps towards overall wellness, I want to do more of it and build on it. Well, sometimes. Most times, I will think that it was a fluke and I cannot repeat it. Though it is a daily struggle, I try again anyway in hopes that those tries will eventually manifest into full fledged behavioral changes.
Maybe I will exercise 60 minutes everyday. Maybe I will freely communicate my thoughts and feelings. Maybe I will feel so confident that no one can tell me nothin’!
In the meantime, I will continue to try and I hope you will to. That is really all any of us can do.