Just a reminder: You don't have to listen to that exhausting, degrading inner critic. When you notice that judgmental voice, remember that beating yourself up actually decreases your chance of acheiving your goals (research supports this!!), and then respond to yourself with kind thoughts + actions. Keep doing this until your ride out that wave of self-criticism.
To be called up, to be lifted by others and to life others, to shine the light within, and to help others bask in their true beauty, to be love...to embody love. What a gift it is to have joined the revoluation as an Embody Love Movement Facilitator.
Curious as to what this "revolution" is all about and how I can help bring this positive message of self-kindness and self-compassion to your school, work, or organization. Click to read more here.
4 part sequence for a bit of equanimity.
1) practice gratitude
2) seek support of others
3) change your surroundings and step outside
4) BREATHE. long, deep breaths.
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#reposting from the beautiful meditation studio in Dallas that works out your brain: Mastermind. Check them out!
"Mindfulness in the little things is just important as mindfulness in the big ones. The more we cultivate a present moment sense of awareness, the more calm and healthy our brains, bodies, and minds become! What are you adding to yourself, your understanding, and your experience today?
You don't have to "buy into" your thoughts/feelings/urges, especially if they aren't helpful. It's been argued that 70% of our thoughts are irrelevant to our day-to-day functioning. Let the unhelpful ones float on by. #byefelicia #thoughtwatching #thoughtdiffusion #mindfulness #observe #letgo #innercriticnomore #recovery #therapy
Crying is Healing
I understand inherently my profession may make me a tid bit biased, but I say, "When in doubt, cry it out!"
But really, when we can get past any judgment for feeling weak and instead be gentle to ourselves and others in moments of struggle, than healing occurs. I mean, don't you typically feel a little bit better after you let the waterworks flow (rather than try unsuccessfully to avoid, distract, minimize, or try to talk yourself out of your pain?)
Here's a fun fact for you about tears: they contain protein, prolactin, manganese, potassium, and serotonin. One argument is that getting rid of the manganese is good for you, and serotonin makes you feel better. So, go cry it out!
#mondaymotivation and #truthfultuesday inspired by tonight's #yoga session focused on embodying our truth. . In yoga, satya is one of five yamas, and is defined as the virtuous restraint from falsehood and distortion of reality in one's expressions and actions. . Our reality, concept of truth, and subsequent actions can be distorted due to past or current circumstances wherein we hold onto these stories that we've developed along the way (i.e. "I'm not good enough", "I'm too damaged"; "I'll never recover", When I'm x number of pounds, make x number of $$, or get the attention or approval of so-and-so, then I'll be happy"). . Be careful as to what you regard as truthful. Let go of some of the stories you tell yourself. Get the support of others or consider #therapy. Discover your new truth(s). Stand strong. Be free. . . #yoga#satya#truth#selflove#recovery#letgo#standstrong#freedom#peace#acceptance
So often we let fear of the unknown get in the way of making changes that we know deep down are best for us. . May you go into the week and beyond with a brave and trusting mindset. . If you feel stuck or scared to take the first step, having a safe person to process with is oh so helpful. Whether it's a friend, family member, business coach, or a therapist, the most successful people reach out to others to evaluate how best to reach their goals. What's stopping you?! 🌲 . . 📸: Taken with my friends that I use to help me be a goal digger. 😏 #mondaymotivation#fearnothing#grow
Friday's food for thought. #punintended . An adaptation of AA acronym for #edrecovery, (and arguably a wise idea for anyone before making any decisions that may elicit unnecessary guilt). . A recovery must is taking care of your basic needs and finding healthier ways to cope with intense feelings. Talk with a friend, go for a walk, read your favorite book, take a nap. Happy Friday y'all! .
"When perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun, and fear is the annoying backseat driver." -Brene Brown-
Don't let perfectionism, shame, or fear take you away from being able to slow down and enjoy the view on this journey we call life.
You be the driver. You call the shots. How can you resist the pull to be perfect today?
Here's a mantra or affirmation for you this week (and onward).
You are enough. You have always been enough. You need not try to convince anyone of that.
Whether it is keeping this affirmation on repeat, or as needed, journaling, or infusing it into your meditation practice, choosing to do something when the self-critical voices and self-doubt creeps in allows for a different result.
You may not feel suddenly self-compassionate or accepting overnight, but I promise your view of self will change with continued practice.
Want to feel more relaxed? Breathe. Want to feel more energized? Breathe. Want to feel more focused? Breathe. Want to feel more compassionate to yourself? Breathe. (Get the picture? Good. :))
Sounds so simple, but the power behind manipulating your breath to achieve different mental, emotional, and physical states is incredible.
With my psychotherapuetic yoga teacher training, I'd love to show you how you can feel more relaxed or energized (and decrease anxiety or depression).