Positive self-talk changes the way we view ourselves. Taking a few moments each day to talk positively to ourselves increases our self-esteem immensely. And the physical and emotional benefits of self-confidence are endless. Turning low self-esteem around and embracing our strengths takes practice and effort every day, but continued action can even change a negative Nellie into a happy, self-assured person.
This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to practice positive self-talk at least once a day for a week. This means devoting just 30 seconds per day on building up your self-esteem. Positive self-talk can encompass everything from “I’m proud of myself” to “I can do this” or “I will get this promotion.” Studies show that a positive mental attitude reduces stress, which in turn improves one’s health and well-being. Not only will your overall satisfaction with life increase, but a positive outlook also helps to reduce pain, to improve heart health and immune function. The more you do it, the easier it gets. An added bonus is that individuals like to surround themselves with upbeat people.
Basically, there are two types of positive self-talk: personal affirmations and positive thinking. Personal affirmations are compliments you give yourself or personal pep talks. Personal affirmations sound like, “I’m killing it at work” or “I have a great smile.” Positive thinking is a way of turning our negative self-talk into positive self-talk. Through this process, we change our thoughts from “I’ve never done this before” to “this is a great opportunity for me to learn.'' Both of these methods are incredibly important in turning around our self-esteem and keeping a more positive outlook on all of life.
Self-talk to try:
“I love myself for who I am.”
“I am capable and strong.”
“I have everything I need to succeed.”
“Today I will be greater than my fears.”
“I am a valuable human being.”
“My feelings matter.”