There is a reason my posts have been focused on Gratitude lately. We all have moments when that inner self critic jumps in to tell you you are not good enough, smart enough, successful enough or whatever it is for you.
Trying to push away that negativity can take a lot of energy and it's not always that easy. You could even end up in a "mental war" with negative thoughts, see sawing between telling yourself they are not true then flipping to trying to rationalise why they are true. It can take a lot of energy.
The best tool I've ever found to combat your inner critic is gratitude.
One major research project on gratitude showed that a gratitude practice resulted in the following effects on well-being:
Higher levels of life satisfaction
More optimism and vitality
Better progress toward personal goals and goal attainment
Reduced levels of stress and depressed mood
Greater alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy in young adults
More generous and helpful behavior, such as helping and providing emotional support to others
Reduced focus on materialism as a definition of success
Fewer feelings of envy toward others
Greater "positive moods, a greater sense of feeling connected to others, more optimistic ratings of one's life, and better sleep duration and sleep quality," in adults with neuro-muscular disease.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg when describing the benefits of gratitude. Over at Career Reboot we've recently been running a 14 day Gratitude and Tapping Challenge for our clients. They are reporting feeling calmer and less overwhelmed and have seen dramatic shifts in mood and general life experiences as the result of a simple gratitude intervention.
We highly recommend a simple daily gratitude list. A task that may take five minutes will very likely have a drastic positive impact on your life and mental well-being.
Brenda James, Career Development & Energy Management Specialist
Pause, reboot and embrace life with meaning and purpose