Negative self-talk can be harmful to our health physically and mentally.  Negative self-talk is when we talk to ourselves in a way that puts ourselves down or when we judge ourselves such as “Why do I always do that?!” “I’m so dumb!” Here are some tips from an article that can be helpful (link to article below).

1. Reality testing

  • What is my evidence for and against my thinking?
  • Are my thoughts factual, or are they just my interpretations?
  • Am I jumping to negative conclusions?
  • How can I find out if my thoughts are actually true?

2. Look for alternative explanations

  • Are there any other ways that I could look at this situation?
  • What else could this mean?
  • If I were being positive, how would I perceive this situation?

3. Putting it in perspective

  • Is this situation as bad as I am making out to be?
  • What is the worst thing that could happen? How likely is it?
  • What is the best thing that could happen?
  • What is most likely to happen?
  • Is there anything good about this situation?
  • Will this matter in five years time?

4. Using goal-directed thinking

  • Is thinking this way helping me to feel good or to achieve my goals?
  • What can I do that will help me solve the problem?
  • Is there something I can learn from this situation, to help me do it better next time?

If you’d like to read the whole article it is located here:

https://psychcentral.com/lib/challenging-negative-self-talk/