Self-talk is the conversation we have with ourselves all day long. Unfortunately, too often, these messages are quite negative. The messages may include irrational beliefs and distorted thinking about ourselves. They may also include a running commentary about our personal failures or inadequacies.
Sometimes these negative messages are subtle. But other times, the negative self-talk is quite blatant. If you catch yourself often thinking negative messages like "I'm so fat", "How could I be that stupid." "I'll never be able to pass that test", you are suffering from negative self-talk which can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
The good thing to remember is that our moods and how we feel about ourselves are not determined by actual situations but by how we think. We get upset and depressed not because of the bad situation but because of how we think about it. If you are upset about gaining five pounds and you begin to beat yourself up about your weight with negative self-talk, it is not the number on the scale but your own thoughts which are making you feel anxious or depressed.
But the good news is that negative self-talk is a bad habit. And, like other bad habits, it can be changed. It takes a desire to make the change and a consciousness about your self-talk, but you can learn to recognize the old patterns and choose to change the way you think. I compare the process to changing the channel of your mind.
When you become aware through living more consciously about your negative self-talk, you will learn to recognize the old pattern. Then take a moment to stop and identify the negative pattern and then change the channel of your mind. I compare this to changing the channel on a television. Begin to give yourself positive, self-affirming messages. "I'm making better choices in my eating.", "I am studying with great focus for my class." "I am capable." Whatever the negative messages were, change then to positive, confidence-building positive messages.
Like any other skill, changing negative self-talk into positive self-talk takes practice. Hypnotherapy can help you in recognizing and shifting old patterns to new and change your entire way of thinking. With positive self-talk, you will feel better, have a more positive outlook and build positive self esteem. Try positive self-talk and BE WELL.