The way you speak to yourself, the words you put into your head, and how you encourage (or fight against) yourself matters. So often we gloss over these aspects of our health because they seem so small and insignificant. We tell ourselves that we’re just fine cutting back on sugar and getting our butts to the gym. We think we’re doing okay because we’re measuring success by muscle tone or numbers on a scale.

But so often we forget the most crucial aspect of whole-body health: our self-love.

In order to be truly happy, confident, and grow in your fitness and health journey, you have to learn to talk positively to yourself.

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What does it mean to talk positively to yourself?

Positive self-talk isn’t as simple (or silly) as staring at yourself in the mirror and saying, “I love myself.” It’s an ongoing process that needs to be kept up, day after day. It’s waking up and saying, “I can get to the studio this morning.” It’s pushing through work and reminding yourself, “I am strong enough to make it through.” It’s the days you don’t want to workout and whispering, “I’m going to anyway.”

Positive self-talk is all the tiny moments you choose to believe in yourself, push yourself, and continue, even when it’s hard.

Negativity gets you nowhere.

If you tell yourself you can’t do something, it’s simple – you won’t. So much of our success and productivity in life depends on our approach to it. There will be so many obstacles, especially when it comes to the fitness world. But you can’t let yourself be stopped by your own mind.

Don’t be your own worst enemy. Remember that it’s not a race or a competition; it’s a focus on becoming a better person. And you can only become better if you feed yourself better (food, yes, but most importantly, thoughts.)

Take each day at a time.

There are so many people giving you advice and so many well-meaning posts, articles, books, and blogs about living your ‘best life.’ While these are all great resources, sometimes it seems like everyone wants you to figure out your ‘happy pill’ and take it every day.

Positivity isn’t always that simple.

Some days will be harder than others, but remember – the focus isn’t to simply ‘be happy.’ Rather than masking true emotion, embrace and listen to how you feel. When you notice yourself talking down, shift.

Remind yourself that you’re a continual work in progress, and even if you’re not where you want to be, it’s okay. You’ll get there.

Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and fitness enthusiast located in Ocean Beach, San Diego. She is the author of the poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway and founder of Be A Light LLC, a remote writing coaching/tutoring/editing services company.


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