Practices for positive self-talk, self-love & confidence
Have you heard the saying, “thoughts become things”?
Well, we believe that our subconscious thoughts which we repeat to ourselves on a daily basis, have a deep impact on our lives.
In other words, whether we realize it or not, our inner thoughts have a great effect on our outer world.
So if you can, stop and take a moment to think about the words you say to yourself on repeat each day, inside your head.
What were you just saying to yourself before you read this?
If we are saying things like, “I can’t, I won’t, I am not, I dislike”, etc. we are affirming all these negative things to ourselves, and these negative thoughts eventually become what we believe as truth.
This is a reminder for us all that we are not our thoughts, and why we believe positive affirmations & healthy self-talk practices are so important.
What is an affirmation?
We think Louise Hay defines it perfectly. Put simply, whatever we say or think is an affirmation. All of your self-talk, the dialogue in your head, is a stream of affirmations.
Like everything else, positive self-talk, self-love & confidence is a practice. Something we must work at daily, in order for it to come more naturally.
Some great ways to begin this practice and speak more kindly & compassionately to ourselves are:
Journaling - journaling can be therapeutic. It can help us begin to unpack some emotions, find out why we have these negative thoughts about ourselves and where they stem from. Journalling can be a great first-step forward in helping us change these negative views of ourselves.
Affirmations - coming up with a list of positive affirmations writing them down & saying them aloud, throughout the day.
Some that we have taped on the wall in our workspace are: I am present, I am in control, I am confident, I am worthy.
Mirror work - The mirror work method developed by Louise Hay states that the most powerful affirmations are those you say out loud when you are in front of your mirror. Why? Because the mirror reflects back to you the feelings you have about yourself. It makes you immediately aware of where you are resisting and where you are open and flowing.
If you can take a few moments each day, to look at yourself in the mirror each day, past your physical appearance and focus on who you are at your core. Now affirm these positive things to yourself.
Our "Speak Something Beautiful" affirmation reminder is a great way to begin this practice, each time you look in the mirror.
Reading - like everything else, when we want to learn about something books are great resources. Some books that we have read on the topic are:
"You Can Heal Your Life" By Louise Hay
"Self-compassion, the proven power of being kind to yourself" By Kristin
5. Being Present & noticing your thoughts
It may seem simple, but being more present and mindful of what we are thinking can truly help. Once you realize you are having a negative thought, stopping it & turning them into positive ones.
Do you have any positive self-talk practices? We would love to hear your tips in the comments!