Stress and Self Esteem
What sort of image of
yourself do you have in your mind? Do you often depreciate or scold
yourself? How do you talk to yourself all day? Everyone does this. Remember
that your body will believe what you tell it.
Do you find yourself during the day with thoughts such as,"I gave a poor presentation" or "She does things so
than me" or "People never call me back"? If
so, give yourself an assignment to each day pick one negative self-statement you say and re-write it positively.
For instance if you said, "I never do anything well" take time to question this. You may then be able to write, "I am
good with computers" or "I am a loving mom".
Sure you may not be the faster runner in your class or give a flawless presentation but look at your good qualities and
keep them in mind. It may seem a bit unnatural to say nice things about yourself, but why spend your energy reinforcing
negative thoughts? We need to instead reframe what we say that is self-deprecating and reinforce positive
If you find you keep buying into thoughts that put yourself down you can ask yourself if those thoughts ever help you to
feel good about yourself. If so, what is the point of thinking them and repeating them over and over again like a
You'll find that as you get more comfortable with positive thoughts about yourself it actually will make you cringe to
hear the negative, self-destructive ones. With practice, you'll be able to see your progress by seeing how
uncomfortable you are with your old inner dialogues and scripts. It may be hard to believe right now but some of
your current thoughts will disappear as the new you develops and grows. Just like there are extreme makeover shows for
one's appearance, working with your thoughts helps you to do an inner self extreme makeover.
Note: Some statements in this
article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational
purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.
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