Do you struggle with negative mental chatter that is, at times, almost debilitating? Do you often feel like you can’t get a clear thought through all the noise?

In this post, we’ll show you a few simple steps to help you reduce negative mental chatter and unleash a better overall mental state.

  1. Identify the Thoughts that Tend to Surface Regularly.  Perhaps it’s something like, “I’m not good enough!” or “I can’t do this.”  Others think negative thoughts about their bodies, their skillsets, or their ability to be loved. Often negative mental chatter swirls below conscious recognition: it is so second-nature that you don’t even know it’s there.  So when you start feeling badly, take some time to observe the thoughts that are going on in your mind.  You can even write them down if you’d like.
  2. Imagine a Silly Cartoon Character Saying These Words.  The sillier, the better — maybe Elmer Fudd, with his “wascally wabbit” way of speaking, or Mickey Mouse’s high-pitched strains.  Then let yourself laugh.  Because that’s pretty funny. In the process, you’ll also find that you’re reducing the power of negative thoughts.
  3. Reframe the Chatter. As you practice minimising the power of your negative mental chatter, you’ll become more adept at actually reframing it in your mind.  This doesn’t mean that mental chatter will stop completely. Instead, whenever you hear those negative messages on repeat, use them as a catalyst to propel you into a positive response.  Use the mental chatter as a warning bell that snaps you out of your ingrained thought cycles and reminds you to be present, to do your best, and to live each day to its fullest.

What steps have you taken to reduce your negative mental chatter?

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Roger Terry

Director of Training and Coaching at Evolution Training Ltd
Roger Terry is one of the world’s leading experts on applying NLP to drive excellence both professionally and personally. Roger leads seminars and consults with companies all over the world, including in the UK, USA, Europe and Middle East. He is the author of several books, including The Hidden Art of Interviewing, NLP and Qualitative Research, NLP for Teachers and The NLP Toolkit.