In the realm of well being optimism emerges as a force. Studies suggest that individuals, with a mindset not experience less stress but also enjoy greater overall well being compared to those who lean towards pessimism. This positive outlook is deeply ingrained in their thinking patterns. Is supported by the practice of encouraging self talk. This article delves into the impact of self talk on our perspective, thoughts and actions providing insights into its wide ranging benefits on both our physical and mental health.
The Transformative Influence of Positive Self Talk
Positive self talk often underestimated offers advantages for our health and well being. Beyond reducing stress and anxiety levels it significantly enhances functions boosts happiness and contentment increases energy levels strengthens immunity and fosters a sense of calm.
Identifying Harmful Thought Patterns
Before embarking on the path of self affirmation it is crucial to identify and address thinking habits. These can be categorized into four areas;
- “Taking responsibility”; The inclination to shoulder blame, for everything when its unwarranted.
- “Magnifying”; Focusing excessively on the negatives while overlooking the positives in a given situation.
- “Engaging in catastrophizing”; Disregarding evidence and prematurely anticipating outcomes.
- “False dichotomy”; It’s when we view situations in ways, without considering the nuanced ground.
The Art of Changing Perspectives;
An important part of self talk is being able to reframe thoughts. Surprisingly even young children have shown that they can overcome this challenge as revealed in a 2012 survey. Although it takes time and effort it is something that can be achieved and leads to a shift in how we think.
Practical Approaches for Embracing Positive Self Talk
Use of Language;
Improve your dialogue by carefully selecting your words. This thoughtful approach empowers us to recognise and address any behaviours thus promoting a way of thinking about ourselves.
Avoiding Absolute Statements;
of making judgments about our experiences take a moment to pause and reflect. This measured approach allows for an balanced perspective reducing the impact of fleeting emotions.
Creating Appreciation and Gratitude;
Developing intelligence begins with our self talk. Take pleasure in the moments that give life meaning by keeping track of them in a gratitude journal. Additionally express gratitude, towards those who enrich your life planting seeds of positivity that bring joy.
Nurturing Positive Relationships;
Surround yourself with people who inspire you and push you to achieve your potential. The people we associate with have an impact, on shaping our character and identity.
Exploring the Potential of Meditation;
Embark on a journey of self-exploration, through meditation uncovering abilities and gaining an insight into oneself.
David Alssema is a Body Language Expert and Motivational Speaker. As a performer in the personal development industry in Australia he has introduced and created new ways to inspire, motivate and develop individuals.
David Alssema started his training career with companies such as Telstra and Optus Communications, and then developed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) within workplace training as principal of Paramount Training & Development.
As an author/media consultant on body language and professional development David has influenced workplaces across Australia. He contributes to Media such as The West Australian, ABC Radio, Australian Magazines and other Australia Media Sources.