Ways To Stop Negative Self-Talk

A little self-criticism can be a good thing; it can serve as a reality check, encouraging you to be a better person. But there is a big difference between “I have to exercise more,” which motivates you, and “I’m just so fat.”  Excessive negative self-talk tends to backfire, causing us to focus on our failures instead of how we can better ourselves. Over time, negative self-talk can even cause higher stress levels and depression. But what are some ways to stop negative self-talk?

Ways To Stop Negative Self-Talk

Weight Watchers discovered in a survey that the average person criticizes themselves at least eight times a day, starting as early as 8 AM.  Image based criticisms were the most prevalent (i.e. “My arms look flabby in this top”, “I wish I looked more like her”, “These jeans really make my butt look fat”).

Ways To Stop Negative Self-Talk

You would probably never say these things to someone you love.  You would speak much kinder to your child, your spouse, a friend or family member.  So why is it okay to say them to yourself?

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So how do you stop the negative self-talk and start loving yourself more?

Identify when you’re doing it.

When you hear the negative comments in your head, stop for a moment and think “is that really true”. Start to notice when and why you are putting yourself down.  Be more aware of your negative self-talk.

Practice gratitude for your body.

Start noticing what’s right instead of what’s wrong. Shift your perception towards your positive attributes and you will start to notice more of them.

Release the chaos of your day.

Connect with your inner self with some quiet downtime. Meditation, journaling, yoga or some time with a good book are all great ways to reconnect with your soul and release negative emotions.

Let go of perfection.

Stop comparing yourself to others. You are unique and beautiful just the way you are.  Like everyone else, you are only human and you will make mistakes.  Don’t let them define you.  Just learn from them and move on.

Do something special for someone else.

It’s hard to feel bad about yourself when you’re doing something nice for someone else. If you need a quick attitude adjustment, try buying a cup of coffee for a friend or complimenting a stranger.

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Remember, we are all human and we all make mistakes.  None of us are perfect.  If we can accept imperfections in our friends and loved ones, we can learn to accept them in ourselves.  Practice a little empathy and kind encouragement.

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