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Speech of the Week: Improve your Mind Self Talk

What is self-talk?

You know that endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head all day?

Yeah, that is your inner voice, your self-talk and it reveals your thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and questions.


When you have positive self- talk it can be highly supportive and uplifting. Unfortunately, as humans we are our own worse critic, so we tend to gravitate towards negative self-talk.


Frequently, negative self-talk leads to trash talking, such as, “I’m never going to be good enough” or a more popular one, “I can’t”. The issue with negative self-talk is that it is generally falls, so it convinces us that we are not good enough and can limit us to our full potential in life.


How do you improve positive self-talk? Well like most good things, your mind doesn’t stay good automatically. You have to work at it every day to maintain that mindset. Let’s take a look at a few things that you can work on to increase positive self-talk.


1.     Recognizing when you are thinking negative: This typically happens when you are 1) blaming everything on yourself. 2) Focusing only on the negative aspects of an experience or situation without trying to identify the positive. 3) Always expecting the worst. Being aware of these thoughts can help with finding the triggers and how to come up with solutions to avoid the negativity.

2.     Practice Gratitude: Try to focus on the things that you are grateful for. You can do this by writing them down or saying them out loud. Whatever works for you! This can lead to improving self-talk because you are starting to focus more on the positive things in life instead of the negative.

3.     Take a breather:  If you feel like negative thoughts are starting to work their way in, pause whatever it is you are doing and focus on what you are feeling. Try to think of ways to make the situation positive.

4.     Positive affirmations: There are a few ways you can do this. Once way is literally looking at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself positive things. Another way to enforce positive affirmations is by hanging up pictures all around your home, your car, on that thing you carry with you everywhere, yes your phone, of things that make you happy or positive and encouraging quotes.

These are just a few ideas for you to start with.

Remember, this is going to take some effort and consistency. Try not to overwhelm yourself with doing all of this at once so work on doing a little be every day!

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