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Positive Self-Talk

Positive Self-Talk

I struggle with always seeing the positive in life. I have been working on it and been seeing improvement but there are days that are harder than others.  I have to be strong for my children and my self. I have read and learned so many techniques along the way.  Positive self-talk is an important thing in your life. .

Positive self-talk is one way to deal with stress. We all talk to ourselves; sometimes we talk out loud but usually we keep self-talk in our heads. Self-talk can be positive (“I can do this” or “Things will work out”) or negative (“I’ll never get well” or “I’m so stupid”).

Negative self-talk increases stress. Positive self-talk helps you calm down and control stress. With practice, you can learn to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. For example:

Negative

Positive

“I can’t do this.”

“I’ll do the best I can.”

“Everything is going wrong.”

“I can handle things if I take one step at a time.”

“I hate it when this happens.”

“I know how to deal with this; I’ve done it before.”

To help you feel better, practice positive self-talk every day — in the car, at your desk, before you go to bed or whenever you notice negative thoughts.

Having trouble getting started? Try positive statements such as these:

  • “I can get help if I need it.”
  • “We can work it out.”
  • “I won’t let this problem get me down.”
  • “Things could be worse.”
  • “I’m human, and we all make mistakes.”
  • “Some day I’ll laugh about this.”
  • “I can deal with this situation when I feel better.”

Remember: Positive self-talk helps you relieve stress and deal with the situations that cause you stress.

About the Author Rebecca Rousseau

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