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.
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 hope these tips help you, my friend.
And if you’re tired and feeling all the things – sad, anxious, worried, stressed – I’m sending you all of my love (and a very bright jumper! I hear it’s chilly in most parts of Australia!).
PS – The next round of Run with Turia starts in early July!
Intrigued? Curious? Pop your name on the waitlist, and I’ll let you know EXACTLY what the life of a runner could look like for you …. even if you think there’s NOTHING about you that looks or feels like a runner.
(Hint: that’s your inner critic talking right there. Almost all of my RUN crew felt the same way, and they are all, yes, runners! It’s possible for you, I promise.)