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Reclaim You - Transforming negative self-talk

Rochelle Sudfelt Blog Emotional Clutter Gratitude gratitude journal Journal Life Coaching Productivity self-care The effects of clutter

Emotional clutter is one of the main catalysts for physical clutter, and it can also prevent your life from flowing in the direction you desire. By assessing, addressing, and clearing emotional clutter, you can create a more harmonious and organised life, aligning your actions and goals with your desires and aspirations.
Emotional clutter manifests as the negative self-talk you replay to yourself day in, day out.

Negative self-talk is a common issue many people face. The internal dialogue we have with ourselves is often characterised by doubt, self-criticism, and a generally pessimistic outlook. This negative self-talk loop can be incredibly damaging to our mental health, affecting our relationships, confidence, and interactions with others.

I often tell my clients, "When we assess the thoughts we think, we can address our behaviors and then make the necessary changes." Improving our self-talk loop involves shifting from negative thought patterns to more positive, constructive ones—what we call "flipping the script."

Address: Become mindful of your thoughts through practices such as meditation and journaling. Awareness is the first step in recognising negative patterns.

Assess: Evaluate negative thoughts by asking yourself if they are true or if there’s evidence to support them. For example, "Is it really true that I always fail? Can I think of times when I succeeded?"

Change: Reframe negative statements. Here are some techniques to try:

  • Emotional Declutter: Write all the negative things you say to yourself on a piece of paper. Then flip the script and turn those negative words into positive affirmations.
  • Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with the same love and kindness you would offer to a dear friend.
  • Focusing on Your Strengths: Make a list of your strengths.
  • Gratitude Journaling: I recommend our Reclaiming Me Gratitude and Self-Care Journal.
  • Visualisation: Imagine a big delete button. When you think or say something negative, hit that delete button to create space for reframing and thinking positively.

By addressing, assessing, and changing negative self-talk, you can transform your inner dialogue, leading to improved self-esteem, resilience, and overall well-being.

Flipping the script is a technique outlined in our NEW Reclaiming Me Gratitude and Self-Care Journals. Incorporating self-care, gratitude, and self-coaching techniques creates a foundation for personal growth and well-being, enabling us to navigate life's challenges with resilience and positivity. When we believe in ourselves, we learn to trust ourselves, making clear and good decisions while decluttering our physical possessions and letting go of limiting beliefs.

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