What is Self-Talk and Why is it So Important?
What is self-talk? A conversation we have in our head…our thoughts. They can be positive or negative. Most times, we are not aware of our thoughts. Take a minute, what are you thinking? Make it into a sentence. Is it a positive statement or a negative statement? If you are finding that you are making negative statements more often to self, practice changing that negative statement into a positive one. Let’s say that we have a negative thought, which produces a mood such as sadness or anxiety, then a behavior (what we actually do such as wringing hands or crying) and then how we physically feel such as a headache, stomachache, hands sweat, or an increase in heart rate. This happens many times a day and often is a vicious cycle. Do you feel aches and pains and don’t know where they come from? The following diagram will show the clock-wise process.
Physical Feeling Mood
Change those thoughts to positive ones and notice how much better you feel!