Everyone has an internal dialogue or commentary that we privately think about ourselves. This self-talk can be negative or positive and can be influenced by our surroundings and circumstances, but it can also affect us.
It is very common for people to form a pattern of negative self-talk. We remember negative or embarrassing moments and play them over and over again in our heads. We remember negative thoughts, and moments, such as things our parents, teachers, or other adults told us as children, and we remember negative reactions from others that made us feel bad about ourselves. As we continue to play these messages to ourselves throughout the years, these messages fuel our feelings of anger, fear, guilt, sadness, and hopelessness.
Most people have found themselves having negative thoughts about themselves or their abilities. However, constantly talking down to yourself can significantly impact your mental health and well-being.
Self-talk is a powerful tool that can significantly impact our overall health and well-being, either positively or negatively. Positive self-talk is a powerful tool that can help you overcome negative thoughts and improve your outlook on life.
By practicing positive self-talk, you can improve your mental health and reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Positive self-talk can also help you achieve your goals by increasing your motivation and focus.
Identifying negative self-talk patterns is one way to start with positive self-talk. Pay attention to your thoughts and abilities. When you notice a negative thought, challenge it with a positive affirmation. If you think, “I’ll never be able to do this,” replace it with, “I can do this, and I’ll succeed.”
Another way to practice positive self-talk is to create a list of positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself every day.
Some examples of positive affirmations include “I am capable and strong,” “I am worthy of love and respect,” and “I am deserving of success and happiness.”
Remember, positive self-talk is not about being unrealistic or ignoring your problems. It’s about approaching challenges with a positive mindset and believing in yourself. Positive self-talk can improve your mental health, boost your self-confidence, and help you achieve your goals.
If you struggle with negative thoughts, you are not alone. Speaking out and asking for help when working is not a weakness. If you want to book a counselling session, fill out our contact form to start with a free, half-hour consultation.