Life Happens: Positive Self-Talk

What thoughts race through your head during a stressful situation, like a presentation, or a big meeting with your boss?  Is your self-talk positive or negative? Self-talk is the constant stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head every day. Positive self-talk is beneficial in many ways.

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In everyday life, we come into contact with negative or stressful situations regularly. In many cases, there is no option to avoid these obstacles, so our only line of defense is to determine the way we will respond to them.

Positive self-talk can, first and foremost, help to relieve stress.  When we encounter daunting situations, our first instinct may be to think that we cannot rise to the challenge. Feeling inadequate will certainly increase our stress level and make us hesitant. Negative self-talk invades our thoughts and forces us to view a stressful situation as a difficulty, rather than an opportunity. The more perceived difficulty we face, the more stress we will feel. However, if we are able to switch our mindset from negative to positive and believe in our abilities, we raise our self-esteem and lower our stress. By engaging in positive self-talk, we prevent ourselves from falling into negative self-talk.

Even more importantly, positive self-talk improves outcomes. We are much more likely to succeed by thinking of ourselves optimistically, and this success extends beyond our daily stress from school or work. According to Mayo Clinic, positive thinking leads to better physical and psychological health, improved coping skills, and even increased life span.

Monitoring the way you talk to yourself will encourage positive self-esteem, reduce stress, and help you reach your goals. How do you talk to yourself? Do you think you could improve your self-talk? 

Sarah Moore
Student Services Coordinator
Austin Campus