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Feel Good on this Friday: Practice Positive Self Talk

Friday, July 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: By Kimber Sarver, UF/IFAS Extension
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The record player – do you remember it?  I’m old enough to have had owned an original one.  You might own one of the retro modern ones.  Recently, I was feeling a bit down…not really a surprise as we are in a literal pandemic.  A negative thought crept in my mind and I listened to it a bit longer than I would if I was having a better day.  Then, I remembered the record player and brain analogy – I can choose which record I want to listen to…both on the record player and in my mind.


I usually try to stop that record player in my mind…the one that “plays” a negative song about me.  I am pretty good at flicking the needle off of that grooved track.  I need to be because I’m a mom and a role model.  So, why did I give that song a chance!! What was wrong with me?!!  Well, nothing…that’s pretty normal and I can’t expect to always feel positive, but I can try to lay down a new tune…to reconfigure those grooves😊!  So, if you can relate here is a wellness tip…


Practice Positive Self-Talk Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you. Think about things you’re thankful for in your life.

By Kimber Sarver, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade, 4-H Youth Development Agent

National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals


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