We are all in agreement that Negative Self Talk is a no no. The question then becomes what should we be saying to ourselves? My answer is Mantras! According to my good friends at Merriam-Webster a mantra is defined as follows:
1: a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating
2: a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone's basic beliefsYou may remember that meditating is not Joyful to me therefore I am applying the second definition. I am going to repeat words and phrases often that express my beliefs about me. These Mantras will serve as Positive Self Talk.
To develop my mantras I considered what type of negative self talk struggling with the most. Then I developed mantras of positive self talk to combat the negative. For me these areas are confidence, body image, and anxiety. Here are my mantras:
Confidence - I am a smart, talented, kind person who is an asset to those around me in all situations.
Body Image - My body is strong and beautiful with feminine curves. I nourish it with water, fruit, vegetables lean meat and whole grains. I enjoy other foods within reason. I take pleasure in the energy my body produces to maintain an active lifestyle.
Anxiety - I am at exactly the time and place in my life to receive God's blessings. I am not alone and have friends and family who love me. God has delivered me from stressful situations in the past and continues to do so.I am going to recite these mantras daily and let you know my results :-)
Combat negative self talk with positive self talk. Create your own personal mantras to feel more Joyful.
Did you create your own? Do you have one already?