I saw a clip from Ethan Suplee’s American Glutton podcast a few days ago. In it, a guest was talking about how to respond to negative self-talk, and the idea was a brilliant one.
The next time you begin a tirade of tearing yourself down, write those comments down. Then take them to a friend or loved one and say the same words to them.
That’s crazy talk, you say? Exactly. If you want to start loving yourself, you have to start treating yourself like you would treat someone you care about. Is that a free pass for stupid behavior? Hell no. Strong relationships rely on being called out on that sort of behavior, from a place of love and trust. But if you wouldn’t say something to someone you care about, stop saying it to yourself.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.