Quieting Your Inner Critic

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We all have one. The voice in our heads. The one that tells us we're not smart enough, not pretty enough, not tall enough, not...not enough. It can be so easy to start believing that voice, and taking it as the voice of absolute truth. But that voice is wrong. And that voice is not you. As with all good things in life, quieting the inner critic is a practice. And the more you practice, the easier it becomes. The voice will always be there, but the more you follow the tips below, and the more personal development you do, the quieter it becomes.

What You'll Need

  • Patience with yourself - after years or decades of being unkind to ourselves, this can be a difficult practice but the rewards are worth it!

What You'll Do

  • Notice. The first step to quieting the inner critic is to notice it. When a thought comes into your mind that is unkind, and unloving, know that this is not you - it's your critic. Being able to separate your true essence from this voice is a major shift and you'll get into the habit of doing this really quickly!
  • Question. What is the voice saying? When you think about it, does it really sound true? Can you find any evidence to back up what it's saying? The chances are, once you start to question these unkind statements, you will start to see just how untrue they are.
  • Let go. Don't hold on to these thoughts. Let them go and replace them with self-compassionate thoughts. Realise that, whatever, the inner critic is trying to tell you, in fact, probably the opposite is true. You are intelligent. You are beautiful. You are loved.
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