My rules (which I learned from others) are simple.
1. State facts that are true.
2. Commit yourself to goals you can easily achieve.
For example, I started making two statements to myself:
- I need to exercise.
- I will exercise three times a week.
I kept telling myself the positive effects of those two things. I kept my goal simple and obtainable.
Perhaps I sound like a fanatic on this topic. I know only that I’ve reaped immense benefits, and exercise has played a major role on my healing journey.