Self Talk: A Simple Practice for Improved Mental Health

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Understanding Self Talk

Self talk is defined as the internal dialogue or monologue that we have with ourselves. This dialogue can be positive, negative, or neutral. It can take the form of self-affirmations, mantras, or even just regular conversations with yourself.

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The Importance of Self Talk

It’s important to recognize how our talking to ourselves is affecting us. Negative self talk can be damaging and can lead to feelings of low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Positive self talk can help to boost our self-esteem, keep us motivated and engaged in our lives, and help us stay focused on our goals.

Using Self Talk to Your Advantage

So, how can we use talking to ourselves to our advantage? Here are a few tips:

  1. Catch yourself when you’re engaging in negative self talk. Acknowledge the negative thought and replace it with a positive one.
  2. Start each day with positive affirmations. Write down three things that you’re proud of or three things that you appreciate about yourself.
  3. Use mantras to keep yourself motivated and on track. You can create your own mantras or find some online that resonate with you.
  4. Take time to practice mindfulness. Being mindful will help you become more aware of your thoughts and how they affect your feelings.


Talking to ourselves is an important tool that can help us stay on track with our mental health and well-being. It’s important to recognize how our self talk is affecting us and to use positive self talk to help us stay motivated and engaged in our lives. With a few simple tips, you can start using self talk to your advantage today!

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