Think back to when you first looked at yourself in the mirror this morning. What did you think? Did you say, “You’re beautiful, strong, and capable” or was it more critical?
We’re all guilty of criticizing ourselves a little too harshly from time to time. Though you may be pointing out flaws with the intent of fixing them, this negative self-talk can be extremely detrimental to your health.
Dr. Melanie Greenberg, a clinical and health psychologist, explains that negative self-talk affects self-esteem, can interfere with relationships, and is associated with higher stress levels.
“We feel bad about ourselves,” says Dr. Greenberg, “which gets in our way because it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. In other words, if you don’t think you’re worth very much, you’ll act that way and you may not make good choices about the people in your life.” In addition, you can fall into “worry cycles,” in which you think about the ways your inner critic is right. This results in higher stress levels.
It’s time to silence that negative voice inside your head. Challenge yourself to become a more positive thinker with these 5 tips.
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