The importance of positive self-talk
It’s often said that what we say and what we put out to the universe becomes a reality. Your thoughts have the power to set the tone for your day and for your future in general. It’s not just important to speak positively about your future, but about yourself too. Here’s more about positive self-talk and why it’s important.
What is self-talk?
Self-talk is used to describe the conversations you have with yourself. You know, the little voice in your head that you hear throughout the day? Self-talk is something that we all do naturally, whether we are aware of it or not. Self-talk can be positive and encouraging or negative and distressing.
Why is it important?
As much as it’s easy for negative thoughts to manifest, positive self-talk can improve your general well-being and uplift your mood. Making positive self-talk a habit can also equip you with mental skills that enable you to think differently, solve problems and be more efficient at coping with challenges and stress.
How to practise positive self-talk daily
Self-talk is an instinct that usually kicks in naturally when you’re unaware of it. If you’re someone who has a habit of pulling themselves down, then you can start by learning to shift your negative self-talk into more uplifting and encouraging thoughts.
I know forming a new habit can take some time so here are some things to consider:
- Don’t be too harsh on yourself
- Don’t personalise your mistakes. Turn your losses into lessons
- Be honest with yourself, especially when it comes to your feelings
- Give yourself positive affirmations
- Be proud of your wins, even if you think they’re not a big deal
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Be careful how you speak about yourself
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
It’s easy to dwell on the bad things that happen to you and overlook the positives - especially if you have a low self-esteem. Changing a negative habit into a positive is not easy but it’s possible with some practice. If you try your best and realise that you’re still struggling, then it’s best to speak to someone you trust like your parents, a teacher or even a healthcare provider.
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