The One Thing to Change to Shut Down Your Inner NegativityBy Jenny Craig
It’s that little voice inside of your head and it’s causing you to be a downer. Your inner negativity says you can’t, even though you know you can. It can get the best of you, weaken your resolve to eat right, and derail your weight loss journey. But rather than get discouraged, ignore it, or block it, you can easily change it. So what’s the one thing you can do to shut down your inner negativity? It’s simple–greet it and move on.
“Greet it, like an old friend,” says Lisa Talamini, Jenny Craig’s Senior Director, Science and Behavioral Interventions.
Talamini explains that inner negativity is nothing more than habit, a well-worn pattern of thinking in your brain that you can retrain by adding new, positive thoughts. “When you hear yourself say, ‘I’ll never get my eating under control,’ say, ‘Welcome, Habit. Lapses happen. I can learn from this one and move on,’” she said.
If you can start observing your habit of negative thinking, that’s the first step to begin training your brain to think in more positive ways. You acknowledge a thought with self-compassion and then begin to transform it. Build new positive pathways by recognizing your successes, and turn sabotaging thoughts into helpful, motivating thoughts. Every day, say it out loud, write it down in a journal, or even tell a close friend. “Each healthy bite, every step I take, brings me closer to my goal,” Talamini said.
Soak it in
Part of rewiring your brain to loosening your grip on negativity so you can mentally soak in the good, positive thoughts in addition to saying it aloud. Talamini recommends visualizing your wins at the end of the week after following your plan. This can be done while you’re brushing your teeth in the morning, before you go to bed at night, or while you’re sipping a cup of tea and getting some much needed “me-time.”
“Close your eyes, visualize all your positive choices,” she said. “Literally breathe it in for 10 seconds–long enough for the brain to ‘rewire’ and retain it.”
Set attainable goals
Of course, your inner negativity will get the best of you if you’re setting unrealistic goals for yourself, like an unsustainable low-calorie diet or an unattainable weekly weight loss number. Instead, set manageable goals that you can celebrate at the end of the week and that can overshadow any lapses or possible setbacks. Chat with your Jenny Craig consultant on creating attainable goals that empower you to make positive choices, so you can feel triumphant at the end of each week and bolster your positive thinking.
Edited by Kari - Jenny Craig