Peaceful Words (Affirmations)
Most of the time we think of words as anything we say outwardly, to another person.
But there are also words that we use to talk to ourselves. This is called, "Self-Talk".
Self-Talk can either be positive or negative.
Negative Self-Talk is almost like you are being a bully to yourself. You think and say mean or discouraging things to yourself, inside your head. You may find yourself saying. & thinking things like,
"It's too hard. I can't do it."
"Why did I say that? That was stupid; I am stupid."
"I will never be as good as that person at math (or any other subject or sport or instrument or other activity.)"
"I wish I had her clothes or I wish I had his shoes."
Negative Self-Talk shows up when we expect ourselves to be perfect right away, or when we compare ourselves to others. It can make things way harder and put us in a bad mood. It can also increase our stress and anxiety.
Positive Self-Talk is the practice of giving ourselves compassion and being kind to ourselves. It helps to remind us that even though we make mistakes, that we are still a good person and that we can learn from our mistakes and try again.
Another word for Positive Self-Talk is Affirmations. This is what we means when we say we practice "Peaceful Words".
Affirmations are simply statements that are designed to create self-change in YOU, the person using them. They can serve as inspiration, as well as simple reminders. They also can serve to focus attention on goals throughout the day, which, in and of itself, has the potential to promote positive and sustained self-change.