So what is positive self-talk? “Self-talk is your internal dialogue. It’s influenced by your subconscious mind, and it reveals your thoughts, beliefs, questions, and ideas.” This is a problem that everyone struggles with at some point or another, whether you admit it or not. I admit, it’s hard to be positive all the time, but it is definitely something that we can all strive for.
Self-talk can be both negative and positive. But most of our self-talk depends on our personality. If you’re an optimist, your self-talk may be more hopeful and positive. The opposite is usually true if you tend to be a pessimist. But, if you think your self-talk is too negative, or if you want to focus more on your positive self-talk, you can learn to shift your inner dialogue. Shifting your inner dialogue or self-talk can help you to become a more positive person and maybe even improve your overall health.
The Benefits: (Just to Name a Few!)
- increased happiness!
- greater life satisfaction
- improved immune system
- better heart health
- better physical well-being
- less stress
- and TONS more!
How is this done? Well, before you can start to practice more positive self-talk, first you have to identify negative thinking and when/what situations it tends to happen. Once you can start to recognize your negative thinking, you can work on turning them into positive thinking. This requires a lot of work and practice to change how you think, but it will be worth it when you start to succeed.
- Identify negative self-talk traps. Certain situations can increase your self-doubt and lead to more negative self-talk. Identifying when you experience the most negative self-talk can help you anticipate and prepare.
- Check in with your feelings. Stop during situations or bad days and evaluate your self-talk. Is it becoming negative? How can you turn it around?
- Laugh it out. Laughing helps a ton in relieving stress and tension. When you need a boost for positive self-talk, find ways to laugh, such as watching funny animal videos or a comedian.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Whether or not you notice it, you can absorb the outlook and emotions of people around you. This includes negative and positive, so choose positive people when you can.
- Be kind to yourself. Sometimes, seeing positive words can be enough to redirect your thoughts. Post small reminders of positive phrases or pictures in your office, in your home, and anywhere you spend a lot of time to remind yourself to be positive and kind to yourself.
Use these tips to work on improving your self-talk and focus more on positivity in your life. Hopefully they can help you make a positive change in your life and how you view everyday life.