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WWW.CALIFORNIASTYLIST.COM Give Up Negative Self-Talk for Better Health

One of the top resolutions people make

each year is to get healthier.

Getting healthier can mean a variety of things

and is particular to each individual. However, one

thing remains the same across the board – how

you speak to yourself, and to others about your-

self, is the number one determinant in whether

you accomplish your goals.

Words are powerful. They express what we feel

and mean, and also influence our emotions and

beliefs. Words shape and create our realities. It’s

no wonder that optimistic thoughts lead to posi-

tive outcomes while negative thoughts lead to

undesirable consequences.

Unfortunately, the amount of negative self-talk

that takes place, not only to others but also in

our own heads about ourselves, is expansive and

damaging. Hence, if you want to get healthy, or

accomplish any other goals this year, you must

give up negative self-talk.

According to

Medical Dictionary

, self-talk is a

person’s internal dialogue, which can be positive

and motivational or negative and demotivating.

Negative self-talk can take a variety of forms,

including blaming yourself each time something

bad happens, calling yourself fat, joking with

others that you always make stupid mistakes or

tagging yourself as a failure for one mess-up.

Internal dialogue turns into negative self-talk

when you magnify the poor aspects of situations

consistently and constantly while dismissing the

positive aspects. If you constantly think nega-

tively about yourself and your circumstances, you

draw more of those negative experiences into

your reality. Some examples of negative self-talk


• Constantly focusing on what you don’t like

about yourself rather than celebrating what

you do like

• Engaging in thoughts of self-doubt like; “I’m

not smart enough to do this”

• Relentless worrying, which causes you to

imagine the worst

• Complaining about how bad your circum-

stances are — yes, even if your reality isn’t

ideal, complaining about it creates more un-

fortunate circumstances

• Saying things like “There’s no way this will


• Thinking thoughts such as “No one communi-

cates with me” or “He never considers me”

Studies show that those who engage in nega-

tive self-talk suffer from more illnesses and lower

self-esteem than those who think and speak

highly of themselves. Negative self-talkers have

a higher rate of depression, hypertension and

cardiac diseases. Negative self-talk can also cause

weight-gain, headaches and anxiety. Those who

think positively tend to have stronger immune

systems and can much more easily fight off com-

Window into Wellness

Natasha Bhalla