Most of us experience it, this inner voice that won’t leave us alone and keeps nagging and dragging us into a negative cycle.
In the early days, psychiatrists refused to accept that everyone naturally has this self-talk. It was seen as a severe psychiatric disorder and treated accordingly.
Neuroscientists accept today that self-talk is an essential part of thinking and going through different scenarios in your mind is important before actually attempting to take action. So the difference between it being a psychiatric disorder and a natural way of thinking is being aware of it.
As much as self-talk is excellent for thinking, it often is in your way and pushes you in a negative direction. This inner voice can also be a source of negative stress and might strongly influence the decision you take on a day to day basis.
If you feel that your inner voice is becoming too strong, you will need to let the voice go. At least for a while, to give yourself time to recover and get your act back together, as they say.
A great way to do that is with exercise. If you are fully engaged in exercise, your mind has little time for anything else. Another great way is meditation. Meditation isn’t some esoteric exercise; it is a grounding exercise and is based on letting things go instead of holding on or pushing away. It takes some time to get into it, but in my experience, it works very well.
Another great way is yoga. It combines exercise with meditation (depending on the type of yoga), making it very effective.
But the two most important ways to reduce that negative inner voice are the things we do every day. Eating and Sleeping. Those are the source of your body and mind. Eat the right stuff and get enough sleep, and most of your inner voice will disappear or at least quiet down.
As many of you are taking a break from work right now, this might be a good time to review your habits and reflect on the direction you want your life to take. Do it!
Make sure you stay in touch with family and friends, and if you have none, make some 😎 Just make sure your inner voice isn’t the only friend you have.
Have a fabulous Christmas, and I’ll be back in touch next year.