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We all have a set of messages that play over and over in our head. It can be questions, replaying a conversation in our head, preparing for something, pepping yourself up or talking yourself down.
Negative self-talk can unknowingly increase your stress levels and it can stop you from searching for solutions. Shifting your mindset from negative to positive can reduce stress and anxiety. Try writing down the messages that pop into your head. Now try to come up with more positive phrases to override those negative ones.
Research shows that silently repeating a positive word or phrase produces powerful psychological changes. Mantras create and strengthen new positive neural pathways rather, than toxic. People utilize mantras to relax, or in times of stress or chaos. Some are simply one word such as “Breathe,” “Relax” or “Smile.” Others are phrases such as, “I am blessed” “You got this,” or “Everything will be alright.”
Mantras can be life-changing. The more we repeat them, the happier and calmer we feel.
For more help with self-talk, contact Mercy EAP at (319) 398-6694.