We’ll be honest: if you’re not struggling while taking an online learning course, you’re not learning much. Learning something new takes a lot of perseverance. Learning something difficult can pay off, but it can also lead to negative self-talk. The consequences of negative self-talk can be dire.
The little voice in your head that takes over when you get frustrated? That voice can be a force for good, but in excess, it limits your ability to believe in yourself. It can also prohibit you from reaching your truest potential.
Negative self-talk is something most of us experience in our lives, and it’s not an uncommon thing to happen. It’s easy to see how a 36-year-old stay-at-home mom might get frustrated returning to school. For example, she could be either ‘too old’ to go back to school, not ‘smart enough,’ or has ‘too many commitments on her plate.’ The consequences of negative self-talk can affect our mental and physical health if we don’t keep an eye on it.
If you notice these negative patterns in your thought processes, keep reading. This article goes over four consequences of negative self-talk and how to beat it. Don’t let negative self-talk have lasting effects on your body, relationships, or life.
“I give up!”
“I can’t do this.”
“I’m making too many mistakes!”
Does any of that sound familiar? You might not have said or thought those words, but you might have heard others say them. Negative self-talk is common, but it isn’t helpful for a healthy mind or relationships.
Negative self-talk can contribute to higher stress levels and affect our health. The hidden danger of negative self-talk is it starts off small. Before you know it, it’s snowballed into something much larger and out of our control.
Negative self-talk (mental or verbal) diminishes your belief in yourself. It limits the actions you take to live the life you want. If you notice yourself saying something negative, consider the following consequences of negative self-talk.
The consequences of negative self-talk can affect more than you might think. You might not notice its effects because it’s often a slow build, and many of us are less self-aware than we think. This form of self-talk is infectious. It can sneak into your life and change your entire perception before you know it’s happened.
Here are four consequences of negative self-talk that anyone should be aware of:
Negative self-talk effects can be difficult to handle, but it’s something you can improve upon. The first step to recognizing negative self-talk is realizing that you may be guilty of it. Becoming more self-aware and how we impact others is a productive step forward.
To oversimplify, the best way to beat negative self-talk is to become more positive. The process of becoming more positive may be easier for some and harder for others. It’s not easy to change your perspective (of yourself or others) at the drop of a dime. Here are some places you can start to unwind your negative self-talk and thoughts:
Negative self-talk can have devastating consequences if it’s not realized. Luckily there are ways that you can identify it, learn how it affects your life, and what you can do to beat it. This list is not exhaustive. We’ve only covered four consequences and a few ways to combat negative self-talk. There are many other options to stop the negative cycle.
Don’t let that little voice in the back of your head stop your enjoyment of your studies, friends, family, or life.
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