I always thought I was an extrovert because I am pretty friendly and I like people. That is until a few years ago after I read a book by Susan Cain called, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
I learned that extroverts get their energy by being with other people, and that friendliness has nothing to do with it. That explains why going to parties where I don’t know anyone makes me incredibly anxious (which may be a big news flash for those of you who know me).
Introverts get their energy by being alone. That explains why I love when I don’t have plans for the weekends.
One of the other characteristics of introverts is that they tend to be hard on themselves. Hmmm…I have always been my own worst critic.
“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise Hay
Self-love (not selfie-love) and self-acceptance are two essential factors of optimal living.
We are stuck with ourselves forever, so we better start liking US if we want to be content with the one life we all get.
I believe that we are all a work in progress. Lately, I have been practicing being more kind to myself by:
- Starting my day with prayer and gratitude. Making quiet time in the morning for this makes a huge difference in my day.
- Catching my inner critic! When she comes bursting through the door of my mind, I shut her down!
- Nourishing my body with wholesome foods and appreciating every bite! I’m not perfect, but I try to follow the 80/20 Rule!
- Walking in the park listening to audiobooks. Enjoying nature and feeding my mind!
- Being true to who I am and giving less of a crap about what other people think about me.
- Meditation in the evening before bed – This has been magical! Not only have I been sleeping so soundly, but I have been having the coolest dreams!
- Forgiving myself
Best in Health,