By: Grace Gufler
A healthy and positive self-esteem is extremely difficult to nourish and sustain. Self-esteem is largely influenced by our self-talk. Self-talk is the inner voice that narrates your daily life. For many people, their self-talk largely focuses on statements of judgement, expressing shame, comparing yourself to other people, or highlighting all of the negative aspects of your day. It is important to practice positive self-talk to help increase your awareness of the positive, express positive emotions and gratitude more, and to develop a healthy sense of self. In this blog post, you will find a few prompts to help you engage in positive self-talk. These prompts can be turned into a journal exercise, gratitude exercises or can be a mindful reflection incorporated into your daily routine. Try a few of them of out and see how it impacts your mood!
- What did I do well today?
- What do I like about myself?
- What strengths of mine did I use today?
- How could I have shown more kindness to myself/how can I show kindness to myself today?
- Do I need to offer forgiveness or understanding towards myself?
- What is something I am grateful for?
- How did I contribute to the positive aspects of my day?
I hope these prompts help you practice positive self-talk throughout your day. Remember the more you practice it, the more it will become a natural and automatic part of your self-talk.