Remember that research paper that had me on a blogging hiatus until yesterday? Well, I didn't even mention what it was about! Shame on me because the assingment actually really excited me and I became very passionate about it. Passionate, but stressed.
The assignment was to design a community-based nutrition program and develop an evaluation plan for that program on a topic of our choice.
From there, we were expected to write a literature review to identify a need for the program in which we wanted to implement. We also needed to write an evaluation plan and describe the target population for the program, our programs' goals and objectives, and how the program would be monitored.
You can read more about my assignment here if you really want to (I attached the actual assignment guidelines)
Since I'm all about making people feel better about themselves, enhancing self-esteem and confidence, and increasing positive thinking and thought, you can only imagine what my program was about ;)
I mean, why not shine a light on High Five Friday?
So, that's exactly what I did.
My program was a body satisfaction and self-esteem enhancing program, which I chose to implement within elementary schools to target children at a young age before their self-esteem patterns and body images became damaged.
I did a lot of research for my paper and there is so much evidence on the positive effects of positive self-talk! I was so happy! :)
Many of the articles I found stated that it was important to focus the positive self-talk on accomplishments and successes rather than appearance.
Uhm, hello? High Five Friday right there! :)
As I said, I was very passionate about this assignment and my passion grew with the more research I did…
So, I wanted to remind all of you that positive thought and positive talk are very powerful things. Research even says so ;)
The next time you find yourself focusing on your appearance and being negative about yourself, I want you to reverse those thoughts.
Change the negative thoughts into positive ones.
It might be hard if you're in a real funk, but it can be done and it's worth it. Trust me.
Let go of those negative thoughts.
Take a deep, deep breath and exhale all of the negativity out of your body and mind. Let it go…
Focus on how amazing you are.
If you're thinking of the future and are upset that you "haven't made it to your goal yet", think about how far you've come.
If you're thinking about a past mistake, counteract that thought by thinking of an accomplishment you've made. Remember, we learn from our mistakes and fails.
Any negative thought can be replaced with a positive one.
Do this for yourself. You deserve to feel good about you.
Negative thinking, and speaking, are a waste of time. When you include more positivity in your life it will be so much more fulfilling!
In the future, I really do hope to implement a program like High Five Friday to promote positive self-talk. I hope to make it the common way of bonding rather than "fat talk" that, according to research, is the social norm among women.
Focus on accomplishments, successes, moments that had you feeling really good about yourself, and anything else that makes you smile that beautiful smile of yours! :)
I want to hear from you! Do you remember the last time you engaged in negative talk? Do you think a program like High Five Friday would be beneficial if implemented within elementary schools?
Did you email me your High Five Friday submission yet? ;)
Love you all!