We know words affect other people but we forget that the words we use within ourselves affect our emotional states as well 🤔
Research shows that we spend about a quarter of our waking lives engaged in internal (and external) self-talk. How do we improve our self-talk?
1. Examine your thought patterns.
What kind of words do you say to yourself? How do they make you feel? Frustrated, overwhelmed, motivated, calm? Once you know which words work for you, you can start using them more.
2. Try reversing what you usually say.
If you usually say “I hate it when I make a mistake”, try saying “I learn so much whenever I make a mistake”. Notice how you feel and respond after.
3. Talk to yourself like you would a friend.
When our good friends are going through a difficult moment, we know what to say to motivate them. Why shouldn’t we do the same for ourselves?
4. Speak to yourself in third person.
Research has shown that using non-first person pronouns (e.g. your name) rather than first person pronouns (“I”, “me”) helps us gain psychological distance from our experiences, which improves emotion regulation and self-control. .
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