Does self-talk work with anxiety?

Does self-talk work with anxiety?

Research shows that positive self-talk can: improve self-esteem, stress management and wellbeing. reduce any symptoms of depression, anxiety and personality disorders. improve your body image and can help treat people with eating disorders.

What is self-talk for anxiety?

Notice and stop your thoughts The first step is to notice and stop your negative thoughts or “self-talk.” Self-talk is what you think and believe about yourself and your experiences. It’s like a running commentary in your head. Your self-talk may be rational and helpful. Or it may be negative and not helpful.

How do I stop negative self-talk anxiety?

How to Minimize Negative Self-Talk

  1. Catch Your Critic.
  2. Remember That Thoughts and Feelings Aren’t Always Reality.
  3. Give Your Inner Critic a Nickname.
  4. Contain Your Negativity.
  5. Cross-Examine Your Inner Critic.
  6. Think Like a Friend.
  7. Shift Your Perspective.
  8. Say It Aloud.

How does positive self-talk help with anxiety?

Positive self-talk can reduce the intensity of these negative emotions such that we can confront the problem, form a more emotionally balanced perspective, and develop an effective solution to solve the problem.

Is self talk good?

Positive self-talk can help you improve your outlook on life. It can also have lasting positive health benefits, including improved well-being and a better quality of life. It takes time and practice, but you can develop uplifting positive self-talk. If you find you’re not successful on your own, talk with a therapist.

How do you talk about anxiety?

If you’re wondering how to explain your anxiety to your partner, here are 7 ways you can start the conversation.

  1. Write It Down.
  2. Explain Your Symptoms.
  3. Share What Helps.
  4. Tell Them Your Trigger Words.
  5. Make a List of Ways They Can Support You.
  6. Help Them Understand Anxiety-Provoked Emotions.
  7. Hammer Down Coping Mechanisms.


ABC’s of Self-Talk A stands for activating event. Any activating event can be anything…a car accident, a low score on an exam, or a conversation with a friend. B stands for belief. The belief about the activating event and the belief about yourself.