I can’t do this anymore! I hate being inside! When is this over?!
Escape COVID-19 and minimize the negative self-talk through journaling. Negative self-talk has many forms. At times, it may sound practical and other times it can sound downright mean.
Realistic: I’m not too good at this, I better watch my safety.
Mean: I can never do anything right!
Sometimes, self-talk is a grounded appraisal of our abilities. Other times, small doubts can explode into fear-based fantasies.
Grounded: I just got a “C” on this test. History might not be my best subject.
Fear-based Fantasy: I’ll probably fail this History class and never get into college.
Basically, negative self-talk is an inner dialogue that may be limiting your ability to believe in yourself, acknowledge strengths, and reach your potential. During this time of COVID-19, we are all doing the best we can. Don’t beat yourself up if you are struggling emotionally or mentally. Different people handle crisis in different ways.
Journal writing is a great way to minimize negative self-talk. Writing about personal thoughts and feelings is a self-care tool. You can avoid putting additional pressure or fear on your loved ones by taking private moments to vent on paper. Be your own hero. Writing can positively impact your anxiety through:
- Calming and clearing your mind
- Releasing pent-up feelings and everyday stress
- Letting go of negative thoughts
- Exploring your experiences with anxiety
- Writing about your struggles and your successes
Don’t wait for the perfect moment to start writing. Grab a pen and piece of paper. Grab your laptop or tablet. Here is this week’s journal prompt:
Describe in detail a compassionate way you’ve supported a family member or friend. Then write down how you can do the same for yourself.
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