This post is a practical one, and I hope it helps you deeply. It's also my personal manifesto.
I wrote this because anyone can feel down in the dumps. We can have low self-esteem and feel anxious, scared, or lacking in confidence. However, with many life stressors today, including a global pandemic, financial crisis, and increased civil unrest, 100 million people are in full-blown emotional distress. According to recent findings from the U.S. Census Bureau, a third of Americans show signs of clinical anxiety and depression amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But you don't have to stay in that sunken place for days, weeks, or months or allow external stressors to keep you feeling low. There are healthy ways to acknowledge your feelings and shift your attention back to hopefulness, gratitude, and optimism. I like to do an exercise called "telling a better story," psychologically known as positive self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of automatic thoughts in your head, whether positive or negative. Positive self-talk deliberately focuses on a more positive narrative of thoughts.
When I have days that I feel anxious, scared, or just a little nervous about a situation, I grab my journal and write a better version of the problem or make several positive affirmations.
Here are a few things to point out:
Need help getting started? Here are other things to consider:
Positive affirmation examples to help you get started:
LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS
HEALTH & BODY
According to the Mayo Clinic, health benefits from positive thinking include the following:
As I mentioned, I like to write things out the old-fashioned way. Writing is therapeutic for me, but please do whatever feels natural to you. Below are my thoughts and feelings from my journal from December 13, 2019.
I started to let negative thoughts in my head discredit the incredible life experiences I've had in the past ten years, but that is because I didn't start the past ten years with clarity, vision, or the realization of how amazing a deliberate creator I can be. These past ten years gave me so much that I didn't even know I needed. Despite that, the universe was on my side in helping me find my way.
While this positive self-talk practice feels very timely based on all the economic, political, and social hardships happening almost simultaneously around the globe, this practice is timeless. Whether you are experiencing a pandemic-level problem or feel down in the dumps and could use a pick-me-up, the science-backed approach of positive self-talk is a simple exercise you can put in your emotional first aid toolkit.
Between the negative stigma of seeking mental health resources, the high cost of a private therapist, and the shortage of mental health professionals, people need more personal, low-cost ways to self-heal from home. That's why I made well-being and healing my life's work.