Self talk is something I don’t give a lot of thought to. I talk to myself all the time. I practice difficult conversations. I say all the things I didn’t say but wanted to. I encourage myself. I tear myself down.
I have a lengthy commute. I often listen to books or podcasts. Many times I get lost in my own thoughts, my own frustrations. I let my anger fester by replaying scenarios. I rant about the way things should have gone. I replay any perceived injustice from the day, and talk harshly to myself for not handling it differently. I forget that this scripture also applies to what I say to myself.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4: 29-32 NIV).
Self talk impacts our wellbeing. What we say to ourselves has a significant impact on our stress, anxiety and even depression. Scripture tells us to focus on what is praise worthy. When we do this we not only give God praise, but we create a positive cascade of hormones in our brain and heart. It literally allows us to stay positive, be kinder to ourselves and others, and reduces anxiety and depression. God created us to keep our focus the one who created us and in doing so our wellbeing is better. There is so much detail and intention in the way we are created.
How is your self talk? Do you talk to yourself the way you talk to others? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.