The Power Of Positive Self Talk

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.

  1. Start your day with gratitude; this will give you a boost to stay positive throughout the day.
  2. Identify negative thoughts and substitute them with positive ones.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people.
  4. Practise mindfulness.
  5. 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.

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