Sometimes I need to give myself a break. I’m really horrible when it comes to self punishment, blame, and put downs. I use these to prevent me from tunneling too deep into the depression mines. Here are some little lies and partial truths I tell myself to make me feel a bit better. Some may call this tactic reinforcing bad behavior or habits, I call it survival:
Reese’s peanut butter cups are good for you because peanut butter is a healthy protein.
Coffee is an antioxidant, wine is a fruit, beer is whole grain, it’s a totally healthy meal.
Took the stairs today, woohooo! Good cardio, got my exercise in for the day.
I’m not wasting time on the computer, I’m researching.
Playing games on my phone for hours teaches my brain to problem solve.
I’ll get caught up with my paperwork “for sure” tomorrow.
It’s OK that I’m not very social, I’m an introvert.
It’s good I didn’t get out of my PJs today, I’m saving water by doing less laundry.
It’s fine I can’t afford to get any new clothes, the ones I have still work.
No, I don’t really want that cool art piece, I would have nowhere to put it.
40 is the new 30.
I’m Ok with my BF not working, it will be good for him to go back to school.
I deserve this “sick” day even though I feel fine. It’s a mental health break!
I hardly ever use these excuses every day. 🙂