Have you noticed that when you’re tired, your inner critic gets louder?
You know – that little voice in your head that tells you you’re not fit enough for that gym class, young enough to do that workshop, or that you don’t look enough like a runner to join a running program?
That’s your inner critic.
And when your plate is a little fuller than usual, or someone in your family is sick or everyone is sick… that’s usually when your inner critic grabs the mic and turns the volume UP.
A few weeks ago, I shared some quick things I do to fix this with the crew inside Run with Turia (my running program for Mums).
In fact, I actually dedicate a whole mindset module of the program to the inner critic and how to shut her down.
Thought you might find them helpful too.
- I make a point of getting dressed every morning.
Sounds ridiculous and basic, I know, but putting on a bright, colourful top or a fun dress really does make me feel better.
- I go for a run.
Yes, you were expecting that answer haha! But even when I really don’t want to do it, or when I just feel too tired to go, it ALWAYS makes me feel better.
And if my motivation is super low, I use the Five Minute Rule. All I have to do is put on my joggers and get out the door. If, after five minutes, I’m still not feeling it, I can come home! But nine times out of ten, once I’m out actually doing it, I keep going.
So, give yourself five minutes before you give up.
Oh, and a hot tip: this works for most things you’re putting off by the way!
- I talk to myself the way I talk to my kids.
If my kids were feeling a bit flat, or were worried about reaching their goal, what would I tell them? And how can I speak like that to myself?
I’d never tell my kids, yeah you’re right, you have let your fitness go. You are a sad loser. I’d say “awesome, today is a new day. Let’s have a go and see what we can do”.
I hope these tips help you, my friend.
And if you’re tired and feeling all the things – sad, anxious, worried, stressed – I have something that might help you.
I wanted to share one of the worksheets my Run with Turia members use when we’re working on our inner critic.
I thought you might find it useful too.
Just pop your details in the form below and I’ll send you a copy for free.