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Living with anxiety can feel like an ongoing battle, and often, the most challenging adversary is the voice within ourselves. Negative self-talk, also known as the “inner critic”, can be relentless, feeding into our anxiety and undermining our self-confidence. That persistent voice of self-doubt and criticism can significantly impact our mental well-being.

In this article, we will explore the power of conquering negative self-talk. The habits and steps you can take to silence your inner critic and cultivate a more positive relationship with yourself.

Understanding Negative Self-Talk 

Negative self-talk refers to the habit of engaging in critical, pessimistic, and self-defeating thoughts. It involves an internal dialogue that undermines self-confidence, fuels self-doubt, and contributes to anxiety. Our inner voice, often referred to as the "inner critic," can be relentless, bombarding us with negative self-talk and exacerbates feelings of anxiety. By recognising and challenging our negative self-talk patterns, we can take important steps towards silencing our inner critic and cultivating a more positive and compassionate relationship with ourselves.

Develop an awareness of your thoughts

When we engage in self-critical thoughts, our minds become consumed by doubt, fear, and worry. The continuous stream of negativity reinforces anxious feelings, creating a cycle that further fuels our anxiety. You need to become more mindful of your thoughts and observe the patterns, triggers and situations that activate your inner critic. Question the validity of negative thoughts by examining the evidence and considering alternative perspectives.

 Replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations

Intentionally replace negative self-talk with positive and realistic affirmations, this means redirecting your thoughts toward more uplifting and empowering dialogue. Positive language and reframing your affirmations in the present tense will enhance their impact. Treat yourself with the same kindness as you would a friend or colleague.

Remind yourself of your strengths, accomplishments, and self-worth.

Embrace personal growth

Adopting a growth mindset is an essential aspect of silencing your inner critic and building a positive mindset. Developing a growth mindset involves continuously learning through self-reflection and self-improvement. Celebrate your wins, no matter how big or small.

Prioritise self-care and seek new experiences

Prioritise self-care activities that positively impact your mental well-being and give you a sense of fulfilment. Stepping out of your comfort zone and exposing yourself to new experiences will open your mind to a more positive way of thinking.

Embrace self-compassion and patience

Be patient with yourself throughout this process. Silencing negative self-talk takes time and practice. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, knowing that positive change is a gradual journey.

Our inner critic feeds into our anxiety and affects our self-confidence. However, by understanding the impact of negative self-talk and actively engaging in self-reflection, adopting healthier thought patterns will help you relieve anxiety and cultivate a greater sense of well-being. 

You are worthy of kindness and self-acceptance.

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About the Author

Keabetswe Nkete
Marketing & Communications Business Partner, Sasfin

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