National Mental Health Day - Cut yourself some slack once in a while

We can all use some more patience with ourselves and others. Next time you’re being critical of yourself, remind yourself to be a friend.. to yourself.

Every now and then, it’s necessary to take a step back and recognize the work and progress you’ve made. It’s not uncommon for us to be our worst enemies. Our internal dialogue is often riddled with self-doubt, insecurity, and negative thoughts. These sorts of thinking patterns only get amplified under stress from work, family, and everyday life. So with that on the table, be sure that you take it easy on yourself every so often and make a habit of being grateful for what you have and what you’ve been able to accomplish.

Most people don’t realize how much our attitudes and perceptions affect our well-being each and everyday.

We often hold ourselves to much higher standards than we do for others, and we are usually a lot slower to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. How often have you spent your nights laying in bed, replaying something wrong you said or did, and beating yourself up over it? Stop doing that. We will all make mistakes in life and fall short of the ideals we have created in our minds. All we can do each and every day is get up and try again to become the best version of ourselves possible.

Another reason it’s so important to change the way you think about yourself is because of the psychological toll negative thinking can have on you. If you don’t cut yourself some slack every once in a while, you’ll quite literally drive yourself mad. Letting your mind get clouded with negativity will only affect you more adversely in the long run. I meet people every day that can barely smile or have a moment of peace all because they’re so preoccupied with past failures or future uncertainties.

I challenge you to change your thinking. I promise you that it will change your world for the better.

Each of us are masters of our own universe.

Not in the sense that we can stop the wind or make the night from day, but in the sense that we can choose our internal responses to things that are simply out of our control. We can choose to live with gratitude and dignity. We can decide to make more of ourselves, even when we come from less. And with all that, we can choose to cut ourselves some slack every so often and get back up when we get knocked down.