Everyone has a ‘little voice’ inside their head, engaging them in a dialogue about their thoughts, opinions, and actions. This process is called self-talk. It’s important to be mindful of your internal dialogue. Self-talk can be negative or positive. Take a moment to reflect on these conversations. What has your ‘little voice’ been saying to you? Is the voice kind? Compassionate? Encouraging? Or is it hurtful, judgemental, and critical?
If your internal voice is tearing you down instead of lifting you up, practice positivity. Being optimistic reduces your emotional stress, reducing physical stress on the body. Research has shown the numerous health benefits of positive thinking, including:
- Happiness! Positive thinking lowers your chance of depression.
- Fewer colds with an enhanced immune system.
- A healthier heart and a longer life expectancy.
And these are just the health benefits! Staying positive and learning to visualize your success will make you more likely to achieve your goals. Negative self-talk is a harmful habit. You can break the habit by taking time to practicing positivity. Learn how to make positive self-talk second nature with these helpful suggestions.
5 Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset
1. Practice positivity with daily affirmations.
Daily affirmations are positive statements that are said aloud and with confidence. Through repetition, positive affirmations reprogram your thought patterns, ending the cycle of negativity. Here are some examples of positive affirmations:
- I believe in, trust and have confidence in myself.
- I know I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
- I have control over my thoughts, feelings and choices.
2. Go on a “negativity cleanse.”
Just as people remove sugar or caffeine from their diets, you can remove negative influences from your life. You don’t have to stop speaking to your pessimistic friends and family forever, but take a break from their constant buzz of negativity. See how you feel after a week. You might discover that the “little voice inside your head” is actually someone else’s.
3. Give yourself a pep talk.
If you experience anxiety before big events, you might want to try creating a pep talk. Whether it’s a job interview, presentation at work, or a blind date, write down a rousing speech to read to yourself beforehand. Think of yourself as your own coach, motivating you before “the big game.” Remind yourself how capable you are. Keep the note on-hand and read it if you feel anxious.
4. Develop a positive script.
You may have noticed that negative thoughts build on each other, creating a downward spiral of negativity. These negative thought patterns are scripts that your mind follows once it’s triggered. Break the cycle by writing a different story. Create a positive script, like a movie script, that your mind can “play” when fall into a negative thought pattern. In this story, you are the hero and you have achieved all your dreams for instant confidence.
5. Practice mindfulness meditation.
With regular mindfulness meditation practice, you will learn to tame the monkey mind that builds on your negative thoughts. Use mantras in your practice to infuse your meditation with positivity and slow the breath. Mantras consist of two short encouraging phrases. The first phrase is said on the inhale and the second phrase is said on the exhale. For example, you can chant: I know who I am. I am enough. Slowing the breath reduces psychological and physical stress in the body, while the mantras correct negative thought patterns — laying solid groundwork for a positive mindset.
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