Shh! The Inner Critic Whisperer: Silencing Your Negative Voice
We all have an inner critic, that voice inside our heads that tells us we’re not good enough or can’t do something. It can be hard to ignore this voice and harm our self-confidence and mental health. But it is possible to silence your inner critic and regain control of your life.
An inner critic is part of our psyche that judges us harshly, often telling us we’re not good enough or capable of achieving something. It can make us feel inadequate or unworthy, and it can be difficult to ignore this voice. Our inner critic is usually formed in childhood when we learn to compare ourselves to others and internalize messages from our parents or other authority figures about what we should or shouldn’t do.
The first step in silencing your inner critic is becoming aware of it. Please consider your thoughts about yourself and how they make you feel. Once you become aware of these thoughts, you can challenge them by asking yourself questions such as “Is this thought true?” or “What evidence do I have for this thought?” You gain perspective on the situation and realize that the thoughts may not be accurate.
Another way to silence your inner critic is by practicing self-compassion. Instead of judging yourself harshly for mistakes or failures, try to be kinder and more understanding towards yourself. Remember that everyone makes mistakes and focus on what you learned from the experience rather than dwelling on the negative aspects.
It can also be helpful to create a silly character in your mind who represents your inner critic. This character could be a cartoon version of yourself with exaggerated features or an animal like a grumpy cat who speaks in a funny voice whenever your inner critic starts talking. By creating this character, you are taking away some of the power of your inner critic as it becomes easier to laugh at its comments instead of taking them seriously.
Finally, try not to compare yourself too much with others, as this will only fuel your inner critic’s negative comments about you not being good enough or measuring up in some way. Instead, focus on developing healthy habits such as exercising regularly, eating nutritious food, getting enough sleep, and spending time with friends and family who make you feel good about yourself. These activities will help boost your self-confidence and give you a sense of accomplishment which will help drown out the negative voices in your head.
By following these steps, you can start silencing your inner critic so that it no longer has power over how you think about yourself or how confident you feel in any situation. Remember that everyone has an inner critic, but it doesn’t have to define who you are if you don’t let it!
About the author : Darlene Gagnon
Darlene Gagnon is an award-winning entrepreneur recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners and is an Enterprising Women Inspirational Entrepreneur. She served on the board of directors for Entrepreneurs’ Organization and has mentored entrepreneurs and start-ups for over a decade. Her two companies, WeKinnect Global Branding Agency, and Kinetic Promotional Product Services have been recognized as “Best Places to Work” and “Largest Agency” by American City Business Journal. Both companies serve the US, Canadian, European, and Australian markets. Most recently induction to the $1 million dollar club with industry leader ipromotu.