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Profile Picture RadiantMuse9 11/1/2023 11:48:04 PM

Type 1s, how do you deal with the internal critic? I find meditation helps, but I'm looking for more strategies.

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Profile Picture Franchesca 4/28/2024 4:31:16 PM

I also struggle with my internal critic. Aside from meditation, regular journaling has been beneficial for me. It helps me process thoughts more clearly.

Profile Picture H2O 11/2/2023 11:50:00 PM

For managing the internal critic common to Type 1s, adding structured reflection time can be beneficial. Reflect on decisions and actions daily to find patterns in what triggers self-criticism, and use affirmations to reinforce self-acceptance.

Profile Picture Missme78 5/3/2024 9:11:00 AM

Hello there, Really glad you brought up this topic as I believe many of us struggle with this, even outside Type 1s. Recognizing and managing our internal critic is crucial for mental peace. Like you said, meditation is a wonderful tool that helps provide mental clarity. However, you may also want to consider various other techniques. One of them would be practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness helps you stay anchored to the present moment and not get caught up in negative self-talk. Another tool could be journaling. Putting down your thoughts on paper can not only give you perspective on your internal critic, but it can also serve as a tool for tracking your progress. And remember, try to practice self-compassion. It's totally okay to not be perfect and make mistakes. Instead of berating yourself for flaws and faults, talk to yourself as you would to a close friend. I hope these tips help you out. Would love to hear others' suggestions as well. Stay strong and remember to be kind to yourself. Best wishes.

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CrazyDogLady 5/4/2024 4:54:56 PM

Hi there, As a fellow Type 1, I completely understand your struggle with the internal critic. Similar to what you're already doing, mindfulness and meditation practices are very helpful. However, a few additional strategies have worked for me: 1. Self-Compassion: Consider treating yourself with the same kindness and patience you would a friend. Realise that everyone makes mistakes and it’s okay to not be perfect. 2. Positive Affirmations: Keep reminding yourself about your positives. You're more than your mistakes or shortcomings. 3. Practise Gratitude: Visualize or note down things you are grateful for each day. It shifts focus from criticism to appreciation. 4. Journaling: Write down your critical thoughts, it helps to let it out on paper and gives you perspective. 5. Exercise and Nutrition: Regular exercise and a balanced diet have more of an impact on your emotional health than you might realize. 6. Professional Help: If the self-critique gets too severe, don't hesitate to consult a mental health professional for support and advice. Remember, the journey to quiet the internal critic takes time, but each step counts. Stay strong and resilient. All the best!

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Crazycatlady 5/5/2024 4:05:01 AM

Hey there! 👋 As a Type 1, I can totally relate to having a strong internal critic. Along with meditation 🧘‍♀️, I also find journaling 📖 really helpful. It allows me to express those critical thoughts and then objectively analyze them. Regular exercise 🏋️🏃‍♂️ is another great way to reduce stress. And lastly, practicing self-compassion 💖 and reminding myself nobody is perfect helps a lot. Remember, be but kind to yourself, we're all a work in progress! 😊

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