That critical inner voice in your head is not really yours.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear your mother’s fears there…or your father’s strong opinions. You might also hear authority figures like teachers, coaches or priests/nuns.

How you were treated and regarded as a child forms the basis of how you treat and regard yourself now.

How well your needs were met by your caregivers (and how well they met their own needs!) taught you about how much you’re allowed to meet your own needs now.

That’s why one of the most common things I suggest clients do is to meet their needs.

Because we’re not taught to do this. Especially when we grow up in stressed or dysfunctional families.

There’s a part of you that’s still a child, even after all these years. And that child you is still just trying to have her needs met.

⭐️ The need to be seen and heard
⭐️ The need to have her feelings respected
⭐️ The need to be cared for and mothered
⭐️ The need for rest and nourishment
⭐️ The need to express yourself

The more those needs continue to unmet, the louder this child in you will protest, causing all sorts of problems with your health and relationships.

What is it that you’re desperately longing for? And instead of hoping someone will rescue you and be the parent, how can you become the parent you always needed – for yourself?

How can you meet your own needs, rather than pushing them down, ignoring them?

What is one small thing you can do to care for yourself today?