“There is robust evidence that self-talk strategies facilitate learning and enhance performance,” according to sport psychologist Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, who studies the phenomenon of self-talk.
Millennials find it difficult to conquer stress from a long day at work, family problems, or love-life. Thus, others resort to various stress spinners – eating, reading, gulfing, etc. For some conscious ones they find self-talk as an effective alternative stress reliever.
However, there are people who do not know the alter-consequences of self-talking if not properly executed. You might not be aware that you are already doing it negatively that instead of de-stressing, you become overstressed.
In this post, I gathered scientific facts about self-talking and its surefire health benefits, and why you should avoid negative self-talk.
What is Self-Talk, by the way?
Self-talk is very self-explanatory. The term defines itself. It is simply talking to your self. There are thousands of scientific research that prove self-talk can boost productivity, motivation and confidence, and even help regulate emotions.
Simply, self-talk refers to the dialogue that occurs within our minds and influences how we feel and behave.
Some bonus health benefits of self-talking include:
- Lower the rate of depression
- Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better psychological and physical well-being
There are two types of self-talk you’re likely most familiar with. These are instructional self-talk, like talking yourself through a task, and motivational self-talk, like telling yourself, “I can do this.” It might be corny, but motivating yourself out loud can work, said Ethan Kross, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan in a post at New York Times blog written by Kristin Wong.
Negative Self-Talk, Our Inner Critic
Just as it sounds, negative self-talk encompasses the harmful inner voice that interprets situations pessimistically, according to Dr. Bridget Ross, a psychologist in Boston.
In her publication, Dr. Ross states that “negative self-talk leads to unpleasant emotions
like sadness, depression, anxiety, anger, fear, etc. It can also impair motivation and impede progress toward goals. Of course, there are exceptions by which some experience increased motivation due to negative self-talk, but these individuals are usually in the minority.”
Why You Need to Stop Negative Self-Talking Now?
“I am not worthy anymore.”
“I’m so stupid.”
“I am not as competitive as him.”
These are common lines that you keep ranting to yourself. From now on, you should stop this. Why? Because self-talking isn’t just a mindless chatter. It’s not just in your head. It has its way of creating its own reality. If you keep on telling yourself you can’t do that something, it can literally happen.
Joanne Barker, in her post at WebMD, states that, if you “tell yourself you’ll never lose weight and it can be like eating a whole bag of chips. Tell yourself it’s too hard to find another job and you’ll likely watch TV instead of updating your resume.”
In fact, people who think negatively tend to be less outgoing and have weaker social networks than positive thinkers. Multiple studies link positive emotions with more satisfying relationships, more romance, and lower rates of divorce. Barker further explains.
Our mind is a conscious baby. Whatever you feed on it, it will absorb everything. And all you fed to your mind will eventually become reality. That is why it important to be cautious on every little thing we feed to our minds.
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