April 20, 2022

Power of Positive Self-Talk

Carissa

What does the little voice in your head sound like? 

Are they encouraging and positive? 

Or do they call you names and bring you down? 

 

They way we talk to ourselves matters. 

 

Negative thoughts and self-talk can increase and even bring on anxiety and depression. Staying stuck in those thoughts can cause an awful cycle of self-deprecation and pessimistic spirals.  

 

"I really did bad on that test. I'm not smart. I am never going to pass this class. I won't graduate. I'll never get a good jump..." 

 

Vs. 

 

"I didn’t do as well as I wanted to on that test. I'm going to review the material and get some help from tutors or my teacher. I don't understand the material yet, but I will. I just need to find my style of learning." 

 

Which one of those inner voices seems like it will be more productive? 

 

Practicing positive self-talk can increase your well-being and has even been shown to lower stress. 

Some benefits of positive self-talk include: 

  • Better immune responses 
  • Reduced pain 
  • A healthier heart 
  • Better mental health 
  • Improved self-esteem 

 

The theory behind all of these benefits in that being a positive person and having a brighter outlook on life helps you cope with the stressors of every day. This makes more room for healthy habits. 

 

A few ways that we can switch from negative to positive self-talk are: 

 

  • Talking to yourself like you would talk to your best friend (someone you love) 
  • Monitor your stress levels 
  • Challenge your thoughts (am I catastrophizing and spiraling or is this a bigger deal?) 
  • Look on the bright side of things! (easier said than done) 

 

So when you wake up tomorrow morning feeling a little tired and "oh no another day of school," try looking yourself in the mirror and telling yourself that it's going to be an AMAZING DAY TODAY! 

 

References:  

https://www.healthline.com/health/positive-self-talk 

 https://www.betterup.com/blog/self-talk 

https://www.delawarepsychologicalservices.com/post/10-ways-to-practice-positive-self-talkhttps://psychcentral.com/blog/5-tips-to-improve-your-self-talk#6

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carissa is in her first year of the Baylor University Garland School of Social Work Masters program. She is currently interning at Thaddeus in the Resource Center and Homework Hotspot Committee. She enjoys exercising, meditating, eating, and yoga.