When I was little, I would negative self-talk so much, I worried the negative thoughts I carried would become a reality. My negative thoughts were always there, they seemed to follow me like a shadow.
What I didn’t understand was that when we grow up surrounded by negativity, negative self-talk becomes our daily dialogue. I remember before going on holiday, not being able to sleep for weeks, because I was continually worried the plane was going to crash. I went on holiday and the plane didn’t crash.
Sadly, negative self-talk can lead to anxiety and depression, so it is important we find ways to talk ourselves out of what we tell ourselves. We become fearful because we worry we have no control over those things.
It is when we’re stressed and going through difficult times that we hone in on negative self-talk. But negativity will always feed into our psyche and that won’t change until we learn how to change.