How To Make Your Negative Inner Voice Quiet
Everyone has a negative inner voice. It’s that voice that tells you you’re not good enough, that you can’t do this or that, that there’s no point in trying new things because you’ll fail, and so on. It’s the voice that tears down your confidence and fills you with fear.
Although we know a lot more about mental health issues now than we have ever known in the past, that doesn’t mean we won’t and don’t still get affected. And this inner voice can cause some devastating mental health issues if we don’t do whatever we can to quiet it and show ‘it’ that we are positive. With that in mind, here are some of the things you can do to ensure your inner negative voice becomes quiet and you can take better charge of your mental health and overall happiness. Read on to find out more.
Keep A Diary Of Your Achievements
Sometimes your inner voice might try to tell you that you can’t do things. It might bring up past failures for you to consider and remember, and that will ruin your confidence and make you want to stick with the tried and tested, even if, in reality, whatever it was you were about to do would have worked out well.
The reality is that we never can tell what will go well and what won’t until we do it, but getting to that point is hard. This is why it’s a good idea to write down your achievements. When you do this, you can go back and look at what you’ve done, reminding yourself that you can achieve positive results and that you are able to do good things, even if you were nervous to begin with. Armed with this knowledge, you can silence your inner critic and move forward with your plans.
Self-care is an essential way to improve your mental and even physical health and a good way to quiet your negative inner voice. Self-care can be anything that makes you feel good; it will be different for everyone. It might be buying yourself a new Jellycat for your collection. It might be a massage. It might be making some art or listening to music, or playing sports. The ‘what’ is less important than making time for self-care is.
When you practice self-care, you are putting yourself first, and although that might feel selfish (which is why many people don’t practice self-care or aren’t sure whether they should), it means you can do so much more, including helping others. Plus, when you are nice and relaxed and feeling good, your inner negative voice will be much quieter; it might even disappear altogether.
Give Your Inner Voice A Name
You’re not the only one who argues with the negative inner voice that tells you things you don’t want to hear. In fact, everyone does – you’re definitely not alone. However, in order to make this less of a problem, some people like to give that inner critic a name.
This is because naming the voice makes it more human and therefore less powerful. If a person were to argue with you about whether or not you should do something or even if you could, you would argue back with considered ideas. Therefore, by naming your inner voice, you take away much of its power and can fight back against it. This will prove to you that you can do what you initially were ‘told’ you could not.