Positive Self-Talk Statements for Healthy Self-Esteem
It is easy (and common) to focus on negative things in our everyday life. You might remember what went wrong today vs. what went right, the mistake that was made, the lack of something (people, finances, etc.) in your life and so forth. The negative things don’t necessarily provide a full picture of reality. There are also many, many positive things that go unrecognized. This can also apply in our thoughts about ourselves. We call this negative self-talk. Negative self-talk, when dominant, can erode self-esteem.
Positive Self-Talk Affirmation
1. Develop a list of ten positive self-talk statements for healthy self-esteem about yourself that are meaningful and realistic/true. Focus on character and personality traits vs. skills/hobbies. Ideally, write these statements for healthy self-esteem on an index card that you can carry around with you.
Ex: I am an attentive listener. I am a great problem solver. I am creative.
2. Find a place to relax, undisturbed for 15-20 minutes. For one – two minutes, meditate on one positive self-talk statement for healthy self-esteem and the evidences for its accuracy (examples from your daily life). Repeat this for each statement.
3. Repeat this exercise every day for ten days. Each day, add an additional statement to your list.
4. Several times a day, look at an item on the list, and, for about two minutes, meditate on the evidence for its accuracy.
Ex: I am a caring friend. Proof: My friends call me and trust me to listen and provide feedback to them without judgment. I remember birthdays and do caring things for my friends.
Notice how you feel after practicing this exercise of positive self-talk statements for healthy self-esteem. Notice that you can appreciate your unique, positive qualities.
This exercise was adapted from the book, The Self-Esteem Workbook.
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