Negative self-talk is detrimental to our mental health and our overall sense of self-confidence.
Spring has arrived, and with it comes the promise of new life, longer days and the urge to spring clean. This spring, why not spend time sweeping away negative thinking and self-talk along with the dust and grime?
This time of year encourages us to throw open our doors and windows. As flowers begin to bloom and birds start singing, we emerge from our state of winter hibernation to seek adventures and sunshine.
The new season gives us energy to dust, clean and organize to help us feel refreshed and rejuvenated. But rarely does that energy extend beyond cleaning up our physical environment. Read on to learn how to clean up your negative self-talk for a more positive life!
The Negative Side of Negative Self-Talk
Self-talk is the stream of thoughts that plays in our mind throughout the day. They are unspoken, and often the negative ones get stuck on an endless loop.
These negative thoughts can take many forms, but tend to fall into categories like catastrophizing, self-labeling, magnifying, blaming, all-or-nothing thinking and dwelling.
With practice, negative thinking can be replaced with honest yet positive affirmations that reframe your outlook.
Negative self-thoughts permeate many aspects of our lives. They directly affect how we feel and think, and can undermine our happiness and outlook on life.
The good news is, with practice, negative thinking can be replaced with honest yet positive affirmations that reframe your outlook.
Want to learn more about the power of positive affirmations? Read Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: This Is Why You Need Positive Affirmations
11 Positive Affirmations for Negative Thinking:
Use these examples of positive affirmations to replace your negative self-talk and thinking patterns.
1. Negative Thought: I’m a Complete Failure
Positive Affirmation Replacement: I possess qualities and talents needed to be successful
2. Negative Thought: I’m So Stupid
Positive Affirmation Replacement: Today I have the opportunity to learn something new
3. Negative Thought: I’ll Never Get This Right
Positive Affirmation Replacement: It is enough that I do my best
4. Negative Thought: Bad Things Always Happen to Me
Positive Affirmation Replacement: This situation may be hard, but great things are happening in my life elsewhere
5. Negative Thought: Same Shit, Different Day
Positive Affirmation Replacement: I am in control of how I respond to any situation
6. Negative Thought: I’ll Never Get My Life Together
Positive Affirmation Replacement: I am a powerhouse and capable of amazing things
7. Negative Thought: I’m Ugly
Positive Affirmation Replacement: I choose to see my beauty and my worth
8. Negative Thought: I’ll Never Be Able to Do That
Positive Affirmation Replacement: I can reach any goal I set my mind to
9. Negative Thought: I Don’t Deserve Love or Respect
Positive Affirmation Replacement: I am unique, and I love and cherish that
10. Negative Thought: I Mess Everything Up
Positive Affirmation Replacement: I give myself grace and room to grow
11. Negative Thought: If I Don’t Get This Right, My Life Will Be Over
Positive Affirmation Replacement: No matter what happens, I am enough
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Say Good-Bye to Negative Self-Talk With These Positive Affirmations
These affirmations aren’t about forcing you to become an optimist, or sugar coating reality. They are simply statements to use as tools to help you stay confident and strong, and not get lost in a cycle of negativity.
These are examples of a few common negative thoughts along with positive replacements, and yours may be different.
To really make a change in your thinking, take three days and make a list of your frequent negative self-talk statements. Then create positive affirmations that speak to you and your situation to use instead.
Self-talk is the stream of thoughts that plays in our mind throughout the day.
Keep your affirmations in the present tense, and avoid focusing on the negative word.
For example, instead of saying “I won’t stress out about the small things,” instead say “I will remain calm no matter what my day throws at me.”
If you find yourself inundated with negative thoughts or self-talk throughout the day, and can’t seem to replace them with positive thoughts on your own, please reach out for help. Find a professional counselor or therapist, either locally or online.
Use these along with your own positive mantras and keep your inner critic under control. With continued use, positive self-talk will begin to transform your self-acceptance and self-worth.