positive self-talk

Positive Self-Talk

Replace negative self-talk with encouraging, supportive language to build self-esteem and confidence.


Achieve inner calm and relaxation through self-empowerment.


Negative thoughts and self-doubt often disrupt our ability to find peace and relaxation. Common issues include:

  • Overthinking
  • Lack of confidence
  • Nervousness and stress
  • Inability to focus


Positive self-talk is a technique that helps replace negative thoughts with empowering and supportive statements.

In a nutshell:

  1. Identify negative thoughts or self-talk.
  2. Create positive affirmations to counteract the negative thoughts.
  3. Repeat the affirmations regularly throughout the day.
  4. Reinforce positive self-talk through journaling or sharing with a supportive friend.

My Take

Positive self-talk helps me feel more confident and relaxed. Of course, it requires patience and consistency, but it is indispensable, IMO. I’d even say that’s one of the techniques that can create the most impact.

Positive self-talk can reduce stress, boost confidence, and improve overall well-being. That’s because our brain releases feel-good chemicals like serotonin and endorphins when we think positively. These are neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers in the brain, that help regulate mood, promote feelings of happiness, and reduce pain perception, contributing to overall well-being.

So not only are you swapping out those pesky negative thoughts, but you’re also giving your body a nice little boost. Pretty cool, isn’t it?


  • Simple and easy to practice
  • No equipment or cost involved … obviously 🙂
  • Can be done anytime, anywhere
  • Builds confidence and self-esteem!
  • Massive impacts possible, also on the body


  • Requires consistency and repetition
  • May feel awkward or unnatural at first
  • Not a quick fix, can take time (even years)


This is what I figured out over time:

  • I had to choose affirmations that resonate with me and are relevant to my current situation (examples see below).
  • To practice positive self-talk throughout the day, I initially set reminders on my phone or left sticky notes around my space.
  • Recording affirmations and listening to them during my commute or while working out helped to get into this technique. Well, to me, this felt a bit strange in the long run, so I skipped it again after some time.
  • Combining positive self-talk with other relaxation techniques, like deep breathing or visualization, is interesting. I have the impression that many techniques leverage each other when practiced in combination.

Here are a couple of inspirational situations and affirmations I tried:

  1. Overwhelmed by work or responsibilities.
    Positive self-talk: “I can handle this one step at a time. I am capable and organized and will prioritize and tackle each task effectively. You know what? I do my best anyway, so that’s enough – and all I can do.”
  2. Feeling anxious about an upcoming event or social situation.
    Positive self-talk: “I am a positive person, and I will enjoy meeting new people at this event. Smile! Others are shy or anxious as well; it’s only not always obvious at the surface.”
  3. Facing self-doubt in pursuing a personal goal or dream.
    Positive self-talk: “I believe in myself and my abilities. I am persistent, and I will continue to learn and grow as I work toward my goal. Tiny steps are OK. Just move on and show up.”