Mamas on Bedrest: Day 2 of the Self Care Challenge: End Stinking Thinking

May 3rd, 2011

The Self Care Challenge Contest began yesterday. This is an awesome program created by Diane Sandford, Ph.D, author of the book, Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Post Partum Survival Guide, the inspiration to the Self Care Challenge. This challenge is chocked full of great information and great prizes for the participants. It’s free to join so why not??? If you want to see the first post, check here. Check out the blog daily and be inspired to better self care. Here is the second post. Since this is one of my greatest challenges, stinkin’ thinkin‘, I decided to share it here as a reminder to myself.

Living Self-Care: Our Minds

Equally important to nourishing our bodies, is thinking  that promotes health and well-being.  As it says in the Bible, “As a man thinketh, so doth he become.”

Healthy Thinking strategies include:

  1. Monitor Self-Talk: Be aware of your internal dialogue.  Research shows that the more negative your thinking about yourself and your life, the worse you’ll feel.  Because your mind and body is connected, chronic negative thinking often leads to emotional and physical health problems.
  2. Don’t Take Things Personally: This suggestion comes from Don Miguel Ruiz’es The Four Agreements and is frequently the root of feeling bad.  Realize that most of the time other people’s sour moods and unkind actions are not because of you but because of what they’re going through.  You are not to blame so don’t dwell on it.
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions: This is also from The Four Agreements.  How many times have you felt hurt or angry imagining what you thought someone said or intended and it’s not what they meant?   Stop assuming and ask for clarification.
  4. Release SelfCriticism: Women are frequently harder on themselves than anyone else.  Be-friend yourself instead.  Notice your successes and strengths.  If you make a mistake, forgive yourself like you would a friend.
  5. Stop Worrying: In the words of the Dali Lama, “No good comes from worrying.  If there’s something you can do about a situation, do it.  If there’s nothing you can do about, worrying will only make you feel bad.”

Don’t forget to enter the challenge to be eligible for some great prizes. If you have particular concerns you’d like to address, Sign up for a Complimentary 30 Minute Bedrest Breakthrough Session and we can address your particular concerns one on one. Good luck and here’s to great self care!

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