Welcome to another edition of the CTSerenity blog, where we tackle life’s not-so-serene moments with a smile. Today, we’re diving into the deep dark sea of negative talk and providing you with steps to hush that inner critic and boost your self-esteem. Yeah, that’s right, we’re about to tackle it head-on, but don’t worry, we’ll be doing it together with some useful self-help tools as well as lightheartedness!

Negative talk… oh, that sneaky little monster that loves to take up residence in our heads and mess with our mojo just when we don’t want it to. You know that little voice that somehow manages to convince us that we’re not good enough, smart enough, or deserving enough. Well guess what? You can kick that negative talk to the curb, one patient step at a time!

Ready, okay let’s do this!

 Step 1: Recognize the chatter – First things first, identify those pesky negative thoughts. Are they telling you that you’ll never achieve your dreams or constantly criticizing your every move? Acknowledge them and let them know you’re taking charge now!

Step 2: Challenge those thoughts – Time to play detective! Examine the evidence behind those negative beliefs. Are they based on facts or just wild assumptions? Question their validity and remind yourself of your accomplishments and strengths.

Step 3: Flip the script – Once you’ve challenged those negative thoughts, it’s time to reframe them. Turn those “I can’t” statements into positive affirmations. Instead of “I’ll never succeed,” say “I am capable of achieving great things!”

Step 4: Practice self-compassion – Treat yourself like you would treat a dear friend. Negative self-talk often stems from being too hard on ourselves. Embrace self-compassion and replace that harsh criticism with kindness and understanding.

Step 5: Surround yourself with positivity – They say you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so make sure those people uplift and encourage you. Seek out supportive friends, inspiring mentors, or join a positive community that aligns with your values.

Step 6: Remember your wins – It’s easy to focus on failures, but don’t forget to celebrate your victories, big and small! Create a “Win Jar” or keep a journal of achievements to remind yourself of how far you’ve come. Success breeds positivity!

Step 7: Practice gratitude – Gratitude is like a magic antidote to negative talk. Take a moment each day to appreciate the good things in your life. It could be as simple as savoring a delicious cup of coffee or acknowledging the love and support around you.

Step 8: Seek professional help if needed – If negative self-talk becomes overwhelming or affects your daily life, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. They can provide strategies and support tailored to your specific needs.

Remember, quieting negative talk is a journey, not an overnight success. Be patient with yourself as you take these steps towards a more positive and empowered mindset. At Coaching Toward Serenity, we’re here to support you every step of the way.  LEARN MORE 

Now, go out there and shine, you amazing human being!

 

Please share your experiences below in the comments box and let us know what you’ve tried and found useful or not. We’re eager to hear about both your successes and challenges and help fostering a supportive community here at Coaching Toward Serenity.

Charles can be reached by emailing charles@coachingtowardserenity.org or calling (513) 212-7995.

Charles Jacobson

is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Consultant for adults. He is an accountability partner in navigating behavioral change and exploring opportunities for growth and development.
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