Cultivating Positive Self Talk
Parenting can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. At times, it can leave you feeling like you don’t know what to do or even feeling like a failure. But it’s important to remember that as a parent, you are responsible for not only the physical and emotional well-being of your children, but your own emotional well-being as well. One of the ways to do this is by cultivating positive self-talk.
Self-talk is what we say to ourselves or the voice inside our heads. It is the inner dialogue that influences our moods and influences how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. Positive self-talk is a beneficial and empowering internal dialogue that is self-compassionate and strengthening. It can empower us to be confident parents, while providing our children with the self-esteem they need.
What is Positive Self-Talk?
Positive self-talk is the practice of speaking to yourself in a positive, affirming way. It involves using uplifting words and phrases to boost your confidence and motivate yourself. Positive self-talk can help you to encourage and remind yourself of your strengths, capabilities and worth. It is a powerful tool that can help you to become a more confident, secure, and positive parent.
How Does Positive Self-Talk Help You Feel Good as a Parent?
Positive self-talk can be very beneficial for parents, as it can help you to stay positive, confident and secure in your parenting. By cultivating positive self-talk, you can respond to situations from a more positive, compassionate and understanding place. This can help you to stay emotionally balanced and calm during challenging moments, as well as be able to offer your children more compassion and understanding, as opposed to reacting with anger and frustration.
Positive self-talk can help you to be able to recognize your own feelings and emotions without judgment, which is an essential skill for any parent. It will enable you to be more aware of your feelings, allowing you to effectively handle them and make sure that your children get the love and stability that every child needs and deserves.
What Are Some Examples of Positive Self-Talk?
Positive self-talk includes positive affirmations that you can say to yourself to promote confident, secure and self-compassionate feelings. Here are some examples of positive self-talk that you can use as a parent:
• I am a great parent and I’m doing the best that I can.
• Every day, I’m growing as a parent and getting stronger.
• I am capable of handling the challenges that come with parenting.
• I accept my own feelings and emotions without judgment.
• I am worthy of love and compassion.
• I am enough.
Tips for Incorporating Positive Self-Talk into Your Parenting:
If you want to incorporate positive self-talk into your parenting, there are a few things that you can do:
• Remind yourself of your positive affirmations throughout the day—print them and put them where you can see them or write them in your smartphone so you have quick access to them.
• Make time for yourself and practice self-care—when we take care of ourselves, it makes it easier to be positive and be able to effectively parent.
• Connect with positive people—spending time with friends or family that you know have a positive outlook can also have an impact on your own attitude.
• Reach out for help—sometimes we all need a little extra support—whether it’s seeking the advice of other parents, connecting with a therapist or joining a parenting class.
Positive self-talk can be a powerful tool that can help you to become the best parent that you can be. By speaking to yourself in a more uplifting, supportive and loving way, you can develop more confident, secure and compassionate feelings that can ultimately provide your child with the love, support and stability they need.
Incorporating positive self-talk into your parenting can seem like an intimidating task, but with a little practice and dedication, you can master the art of positive thinking and become the best parent you can be.