Life has it’s ups and downs, and sometimes we find ourselves in desperate need of a good pep talk. Nearly all of last summer was pretty shaky for me and I felt completely off my game. I was doubting every decision, and it really caused my work to suffer.
I’ve dealt with times like this before – I think we all do – and the most important thing to do during moments like these is to not give up hope. Sometime we have to be our own cheerleaders – our own source of motivation. It can be easy to get discouraged and let things like rude comments and comparison get you down. That’s why it’s important to know how to have your own back when moments of doubt strike.
I have a few things I like to do help pick me back up and get back into the right frame of mind. First, I like to set aside some quiet time to pray and clear my head. Giving everything up to God and reading over scripture really helps ground me and gets my focus back. I’m constantly in “go go go!” mode, and sometimes forget that things work out in God’s timing, not my own.
I also think it’s super important to be gentle and kind to ourselves. The world is moving so fast, and there’s always a constant pressure to be the best and on top of it all. We have to remember to give ourselves moments of rest and care, where we can be pampered and relax a bit. I try to take a day off every week to settle down and enjoy something luxurious – a soothing face mask, painting my nails, or even curling up with a good book for an hour.
The last thing I like to do is give myself a little pep talk. I’ll go over past successes and goals achieved, as well as all of the things that I’m grateful for. I also like to read over motivational quotes that have really inspired me in the past. I think there’s a lot of power in positive words and being thankful for the good things in life instead of always searching for something better.
Do you practice being your own cheerleader?