You know that little voice that pipes up to tell you that youâ€™re not enough? Well, hereâ€™s how to silence itâ€”for good.
In the darkest recesses of your brain lives the ankle grabber of the mind. Itâ€™s your inner criticâ€”the tiny voice that pipes up to plant a seed of self-doubt that. When left unchecked, that seed can grow quickly into a cacophony of not-enoughs, should-bes, and what-ifs, pointing out all we are not instead of celebrating all we are.
â€œSo many of us are looking for some sort of respite from the constant negativity,â€� says yoga and meditation teacher Rosie Acosta, founder of health and wellness platform Radically Loved and its accompanying podcast. â€œItâ€™s something we all want to learn.â€�
Like Hydra, the mythological monster whose heads regrew each time one was chopped off, the inner critic is an innovative beast. Taking it down is not a one-and-done affair; instead, it requires diligence.
But with practice comes relief. Here, Acosta shares four steps to break the cycle and rob your inner gadfly of its power.
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About the Author
San Diegoâ€“based journalist Hannah Lott-Schwartz tells stories for National Geographic Traveler, in-flight magazines on United and Delta airlines, Sierra, and others.