Angela D. - May 24 2021
How to Start Seeing Yourself in a New Light Today
Photography by: Shelby Tessier Model: Alexandra Babbel
I have a challenge for you. Choose three words to describe your best friend.
Easy isn't it? Maybe you chose words such as hard-working, considerate, ambitious, beautiful, or helpful.
Another challenge: Choose three words to describe yourself.
There's a good chance those words weren't quite as pleasant. After all, it's often so much more challenging to see ourselves kindly. Instead, we see ourselves with the harsh lens of criticism.
You might have experienced this yourself. Maybe you've looked in the mirror, and your eyes flit to a new wrinkle. A grey hair. An extra kilo we didn't want. A kilo lost we tried so hard to retain. A blemish on your skin.
Maybe it's not about looking in the mirror, but more about the way you feel. It could be those tell-tale signs of ageing, your extra joint pain, your sore knees, your back that seems to ache forever.
Sometimes it's not the mirror or even the way you feel. Sometimes it's much worse. You pick apart your personality instead. After all, you're not as funny, intelligent, considerate, or insightful as someone else. You're not as successful. You're not as confident. Not as young, or old, or tall or athletic... the list goes on and on.
And the worst part of it all? You believe that this must be how everyone sees you.
And so, it might start with just a grey hair, or a setback at work, or an extra pound of weight, but soon enough, it spirals into a dangerous cycle of self-criticism and anger.
Then you're left wondering, what's the point?
What's the point in exercising if I hate the way I look? What's the point in trying at work? I'll never be good enough for the promotion. What's the point in making an effort with my appearance? I'll never look like the people I admire so much.
It's an awful feeling. And everyone will try to pull you out of it, to give you compliments or help you feel better. They want to help, sure, but unfortunately, that rarely works.
It might give you a bit of a pick-me-up for a moment, but deep down, you know you have work to do.
So, welcome to the crossroads.
By reading this today, you've probably realized that it's time to start seeing yourself in a different light. It's time to move from self-loathing to self-loving.
You don't want to feel this way about yourself for the rest of your life, do you? Of course not! You want to start celebrating the wonderful, amazing, outstanding parts that make up your unique individuality - flaws and all!
Well, there's good news, and there's bad news. The bad news is... It's up to you to make that change.
But the good news? It's not only up to you.
There's an entire system set up to help you that you can access today. It’s a tried and tested strategy that will help you begin your journey towards appreciating and truly loving yourself.
Maybe you've heard the phrase ‘If you don't love yourself, no one will.’
That's simply not true. There are plenty of people who already love you and can see all the beautiful things about you. And Switch Research has made it their personal mission to help you see those things for yourself.
The Canadian-based company developed the 91 Day Self-Love Journal, which will take you on a journey from negativity to self-appreciation over three months.
The journal covers three distinct sections: Self-Kindness, Gratitude, and Compassion. And with just 5 or 10 minutes a day, you'll embrace each of these steps and reframe your mindset.
Filled with activities, the journal features daily tasks and learning opportunities to show you how to see yourself in a different light.
You'll be encouraged to set intentions, create goals, practice self-kindness, forgive yourself for past mistakes, and open up to new experiences.
Best of all, you'll also be able to learn. You'll learn about yourself, your strengths, your beautiful qualities and your emotional needs.
And as you work through the daily steps, you'll be on the road to finding out how you can understand these needs and how you can give yourself the support you'd offer a friend.
Maybe you're skeptical. How can a journal provide all of that? It's a great question.
But Switch Research didn't simply create this journal with good intentions; it's actually grounded in science.
The journal was written alongside experts in their fields and is even undergoing a peer-reviewed evaluation. It uses a counselling technique called reframing, which helps you rethink and change your biased, negative thoughts.
This reframing technique is interwoven throughout the entire Self-Love Journal, so you'll start making progress from the first page.
So how much is this going to cost?
Firstly, a question: How much is your self-love worth? How much do you want to be able to see yourself as others do? To embrace your flaws, to love your personality, and to be proud of who you are?
Whatever cost you came up with, that feeling is priceless. That feeling will take you from critical to confident, and imagine how much your life could change! You could finally wake up and enjoy looking in the mirror, knowing you are the most beautiful version of yourself that will ever exist!
You could speak up in a meeting, knowing your thoughts are valuable and that you have a unique perspective to offer the world.
For that priceless feeling, some pay thousands to join online programs or seek professional help. And while those both have their place, Switch Research is dedicated to making mental health resources available to everyone.
That's why the Hardback Self-Love 91-Day Journal is just $29.99.
It seems like a small price to pay for three months worth of activities, thoughtful tasks, and mindful progression.
But if you aren't a pen and paper kind of person, Switch Research also offers a digital version for just $19.99!
And right now, if you purchase the digital journal, you can get access to the 7-Day Self Love Video Series for FREE!
In 91 days, once you've taken the plunge and committed to a journey of self-acceptance and love, answer me this...
How do you describe yourself now?