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Negative Self-Talk - We live constatnly in our heads so make sure it's a nice place to be!

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

Negative self-talk is a pattern of negative thoughts and beliefs that we have about ourselves. These thoughts can be internalised and can have a significant impact on our mental and emotional well-being. Negative self-talk can also affect the way our brain functions, leading to negative consequences such as low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

When we engage in negative self-talk, our brain responds in a way that can reinforce these negative thoughts and beliefs. Research has shown that negative self-talk can activate the stress response in the body, releasing cortisol and other stress hormones. These hormones can have a negative impact on the brain, affecting the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning, and the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision making, attention, and self-control.

When our brain is in a state of stress, it also becomes less capable of handling complex tasks and making sound decisions. This can lead to poor performance at school or work, and it can also make it harder to cope with difficult situations. Negative self-talk can also lead to a decrease in the activity of the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with decision-making and self-control. This can make it more difficult to resist negative impulses or to make positive changes in our lives.

Moreover, negative self-talk can also contribute to the development of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Negative thoughts and feelings can be self-perpetuating, and can lead to a cycle of negative thinking, which can make it hard to break free from negative self-talk.

It is important to be aware of negative self-talk and to take steps to overcome it. One strategy is to practice mindfulness, which can help to focus the mind and make it easier to recognize negative thoughts and beliefs. Another strategy is to challenge negative thoughts and beliefs by looking for evidence that contradicts them. Additionally, practicing positive self-talk, surrounding yourself with supportive people, and seeking professional help can also be beneficial to overcome negative self-talk and it's impact on the brain.

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