Top 5 questions to ask when you’re mentally ‘beating yourself up’

Top 5 questions to ask when you’re mentally ‘beating yourself up’

Ask yourself if the statement is true.

When you’re being hard on yourself or mentally ‘beating yourself up’ ask 5 questions:

Mentally ‘beating yourself up’ might sound something like this…

“I can’t believe I didn’t exercise at all today. I just blew the whole week. I knew I couldn’t stick to an exercise program. I’ll never lose weight!”

1. What is the truth in what you’re telling yourself?

Is it really true that you blew the entire week because you didn’t go to the gym today?

2. How would an objective person look at this situation?

An objective person is someone who is unbiased and will look only at the facts. He or she is not persuaded by thoughts and feelings. He or she might look at the situation and say “You didn’t go to the gym today, but you can go tomorrow.”

3. What would you tell a good friend in the same situation?

Oftentimes we would never even think of telling our friends the things we tell ourselves.

Learn to be your best friend on your journey to permanent weight loss. If you don’t support yourself, how can you expect anyone else to?

4. How can you rephrase what you’re telling yourself in a positive way?

For example, instead of being hard on yourself for not exercising today, you can congratulate yourself for exercising yesterday.

5. How is this mentality helping or hindering you?

This mentality is probably hindering you because you’ve just convinced yourself that you’ll never lose weight.

“Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.” ~Jameson Frank

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