What does it mean to be a cheerleader?
Does it mean offering support? Does it mean speaking words of encourageme nt? Does it mean extending compassion? In many ways, being your own cheerleader entails all of these things and more. But cheering yourself on when you feel like you’re struggling can be tricky. Like any new skill, it takes time and practice to learn how to self-correct destructive thoughts, but there are lots of ways to start.
Don’t Force It
Turning your inner critic into an inner cheerleader doesn’t happen overnight. It’s okay if you still find yourself feeling down even after you try your cheerleading tactics. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to let yourself feel what you are feeling. Remember that throughout your cheerleading practice, there is no such thing as success or failure. After all, embracing your inner cheerleader is simply about shifting focus and bringing attention to and appreciation for the positive elements in our life.
Here are a few things to try to start approaching yourself authentically with more love, compassion, and appreciation.