What is self-talk?
Humans internally communicate with themselves throughout the day, knowingly or unknowingly. This communication is referred to as “self talk.” Self-talk is programmed into our minds, and it is an integral part that either lifts the person up or makes them fall.
Why is positive self-talk important?
Positive self-talk is when the internal communication focuses on positive aspects and makes a person feel good about themselves. Positive self-talk has several advantages for our mental health. The major benefits of positive self-talk are increased self-esteem and better stress management. For instance, this 2019 study showed that students who practised positive self-talk before delivering a speech experienced lower levels of anxiety. Similarly, another 2020 study shows that positive self-talk had motivating effects on the athletes.
Some examples of positive self-talk include: “I didn’t succeed, but at least I tried”; “I am proud of how far I have come”; “I am not afraid of the outcome; I will keep my focus on the present.”
I would recommend you watch the following video by Swami Mukundananda, where he describes it nicely.
Reprogramming the way we talk to ourselves
Positive self-talk doesn’t come naturally; it is programmed by individuals themselves. There are some ways to programme positive self-talk.
- Start your day with gratitude; this will give you a boost to stay positive throughout the day.
- Identify negative thoughts and substitute them with positive ones.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Practise mindfulness.
- Practice positive affirmations.
Positive self-talk is a great way to build a stronger relationship with yourself and boost your self-esteem. The consequences of our daily interactions can’t be predicted, but the way we react to them can. Hence, indulging in positive self-talk would lift one up and help support mental well-being.