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Positive self talk


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Positive self talk

  1. 1. Positive Self talkSelf-talk is basically your innervoice, the voice in your mind whichsays things that you don’tnecessarily say out loud. Often self-talk happens without you evenrealising it and can be a subtlerunning commentary going on inthe background of your mind. Butwhat you say in your mind candetermine a lot of how you feelabout who you are.Thursday, 13 June 13
  2. 2. Positive self-talk is the stuff that makes you feel good about yourselfand the things that are going on in your life. It is like having an optimisticvoice in your head that always looks on the bright side.Example – “These clothes look pretty awesome on me”,“I can totally make itthrough this exam”,“I don’t feel great right now but things could be worse!”Negative self-talk is the stuff that makes you feel pretty crappy aboutyourself and things that are going on. It can put a downer on anything,whether it is good or bad.Example- “I look stupid in these clothes”,“everyone thinks I’m an idiot”,“everything is crap and nothing is going to get better”Thursday, 13 June 13
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  4. 4. Why?feeling in controlfeeling better about yourself boosting your confidencebuilding your self-esteemThursday, 13 June 13
  5. 5. Developing Positive Self talkThere are three things you can do that can help with changing the directionof your self-talk.Listen to what you’re saying to yourself- we don’t always consciouslytake note of that we’re saying in our minds.The first step in improving your self-talkis to actually notice what your  inner voice is saying.Take some time each day tolisten, and even write down, what you’re thinking.Thursday, 13 June 13
  6. 6. Monitor your self-talk- Is your self-talk more positive ornegative? Start questioning your self-talk asking things like:1 Is there actual evidence for what I’m thinking?2 What would I say if a friend were in a similar situation?3 Is there a more positive way of looking at this?4 Am I keeping everything in perspective?5 Can I do anything to change what I’m feeling bad about?Thursday, 13 June 13
  7. 7. Change your self-talk - Easier said than done, but definitely worthworking on.Try by countering your negative thoughts with positive ones.For example, if you think “I’ll never be able to do this”, ask yourself “isthere anything I can do that will help me be able to do this?”Avoidspeaking in finite language and try and look for things that might adda better spin to a tough situation.Thursday, 13 June 13
  8. 8. Your TaskOver the next 7 days monitor you self talk and documentyour findingsYou may use your wiki to document or you may prefersomething more private.Thursday, 13 June 13
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