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Feeling kind of negative and ‘down’ lately? Do you find your footsteps lagging, with nothing seeming overly interesting? Are you lost in a bad case of the blahs?
It might be you’ve gotten yourself lost in the world of negative self-talk.
When you start paying attention to what you’re saying to yourself in your thoughts, you might wind up being surprised. When tired and burned out, it’s not uncommon to fall into a dialogue that slowly grows more and more negative.
When this happens, it’s time to break out this spiral of depression and angst. In short, it’s time to change your self-talk for the better.
For a quick pick-me-up, try some of these unique techniques for changing self-talk back over to a more positive tone:
1. Create an Anchor
When things go bad, it’s good to have someplace you can go to rest, to recharge, to regain a sense of who you are.
By creating a ‘happy place’ in your mind that is soothing and restful, you can block out negativity and get yourself re-centered again. The key? It has to be someplace comforting, where you feel secure and loved.
Create this hideaway in as much detail as possible, laying in not just sights, but sounds, smells, even the feel of the textures around you. This will become your safe hideaway when you need it.
2. List Possibilities
What are the things you love most? Make a list of things to do, places to go, books you love, anything inspiring happiness. Keep this list handy and try to indulge in one ‘happiness booster’ every single day.
By giving yourself something which feels like a treat, you’ll find your mood and self-talk both shift to a more positive note.
3. Celebrate Accomplishment
Whenever you do something, you’re proud of, write the accomplishment on a slip of paper and add it to a jar or box designated as your treasure chest.
Whenever you start feeling negative, grab out a handful to re-read, to remind you of just how many things you’ve accomplished, and all the things you have to be proud of. Negativity can’t stand up to that kind of hard evidence.
4. Treat Yourself Like a Friend
Caught in a negative thought? Take this statement and pretend someone just said the very same thing to a child or your best friend.
What would you tell them about this thought? How would you comfort them? How would you treat someone who said such a thing to someone you love? Now ask yourself why you’re allowing someone (you) to say that to you.
With minimal effort, it’s so easy to shift your thinking! Change is simply a matter of being intentional in your thoughts. In other words, pay attention to what you’re saying.
Practice the techniques. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your attitude shifts and life changes for the better.