Making time for your inner voice means making time for reflection. It is hard to drown out negativity throughout our day; negative people’s comments; negative media; and our own inner critic. It is important that we are honest and open to our inner voice and even more important that we re-frame negative thinking patterns in our own minds.
Set aside a regular time for self-reflection. Think about the things in your
life that are going well and that make you happy, as well as the things that you’re dissatisfied with. Seek out a place and time for your moments of self-reflection where you can be alone and uninterrupted for at least 15 minutes.
Be sure to choose a place you can relax and be uninterrupted; even if it means sitting in your car with the seat back for a few moments. Try to record the insights you have during this time. Allow your mind to quiet for a few moments and then jot down some notes or put them in your phone when you are done.
Share your impressions with a trusted friend; family member; or therapist. Review what comes to mind when you drown out all the noise that the world adds into our minds and hearts. Incorporate things in your day that bring you joy and peace. The more you begin to reflect on what brings you joy and peace; the easier it is to become an automatic practice in your life. Breathing, yoga, running, hiking, listening to music; anything your heart desires to be truly calm and refreshed.
When you begin to incorporate your new practices it is easier to drown out our inner critic. The voice that judges us and makes us doubt ourselves and our infinite abilities. The voice that prohibits us from taking healthy risks and gaining rewards along the way. Enjoy my podcast recording on, “calming the inner critic.”
Author and Podcast Host
Nicole Festa LPC, LAC, NCC, EMDR, NCAC
Nicole has authored e-books and runs a podcast called "Calm Connect," which can be found on most platforms to include Itunes, Anchor, and Spotify.