Let’s be honest, we all talk to ourselves! Sometimes we talk out loud but usually we do it in our heads. Self-talk can be positive ("I can do this" or "everything will be OK") or negative ("I'll never get better" or "I'm so stupid"). Negative self-talk increases stress. Positive self-talk can help you calm down and control stress. With practice, you can learn to shift negative thoughts to positive ones. For example:
Negative to Positive
"I can't do this.""I'll do the best I can. I’ve got this."
"Everything is going wrong.""I can handle this if I take one step at a time."
"I hate it when this happens.""I know how to deal with this; I've done it before."
“I feel helpless and alone.”“I can reach out and get help if I need it.”
“I can’t believe I screwed up."I'm human, and we all make mistakes. I can fix it."