Most people struggle with anxiety or even depression. We walk around with smiles on our faces but deep down, we’re not as happy as we portray.
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One way of dealing with these problems is learning how to be your own friend. If we’d talk to ourselves the way we talk to the people we love, our outlook on life would be very different.
To be your own friend, you have to be kind, encouraging and caring. These are all aspects of positive self-talk.
There are more benefits of positive self-talk than you think and to help you get started here are some that you should know about.
i. It improves your mental health
The world is learning to pay more attention to issues surrounding mental health. We’re becoming more aware of the triggers and one thing we have identified is negative self-talk. Although there are many outside factors that can harm your mental health, a big chunk actually comes from self-hate, self-criticism and other forms of negative self-talk. Start practicing how to be kinder to yourself and soon, your mental health will improve.
ii. Self-talk empowers you
Once you start practicing this kind of self-talk, you become unstoppable. You’re more motivated to set goals and achieve them because you believe in yourself more. You’re also more likely to take up challenges and break out of your comfort zone. If at all you try and fail, you’re able to take things positively and try again. You won’t focus on your failures because your self-confidence has been reinforced.
iii. Self-talk empowers others
What you think about yourself manifests itself on the outside. Think of it this way, you can’t give what you don’t have. If you have formed a habit of being kind to yourself, it radiates to how you treat those who are around you. In the same way, constantly putting yourself down can have an effect on those around you as well. So once you decide to be your own best friend, your outlook on life will change and you’ll be able to be kind to those around you as well.
iv. Positive self-talk is good for your heart
Negative self-talk puts a lot of stress on your heart. Every time you put yourself down, you increase your risk of developing all sorts of cardiac illnesses. Having a healthy diet and keeping fit keeps your heart strong. But, you should also remember to practice positive self-talk because this contributes a lot towards cardiovascular health.
v. It keeps your immune system strong
Did you know that negative self-talk can contribute to a lowered immunity? The stress linked to it can suppress your immune system and make you susceptible to common infections. Constantly being sick makes you less productive and this will make it harder for you to achieve your daily goals. You can actively boost your immune system by being kinder to yourself.
vi. Positive self-talk is good for your overall happiness
We’re constantly searching for happiness. We look into outside sources like movies, makeup, relationships or even unhealthy habits to distract our minds from the empty feeling inside. We don’t realize that the small negative comments and jokes we make about ourselves are slowly killing our happiness. Focus on your positives and appreciate your mistakes. You have the power to interpret your experiences and there’s no harm in being more positive about yourself.
In order to stop the toxic cycle of negative self-talk, start by taking small steps like filtering the negative thoughts whenever they come up and cancelling each one with something positive.
Also, avoid magnifying the negatives because this will only force you back into a monstrous cycle of self-criticism.
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