Managing Internal Dialogue
Did you know that your internal dialogue, and the feelings it creates within you, shape the way you view and respond to those around you? Did you know that it's largely your internal dialogue that causes you to react or manage a stressful situation in a certain way?
Managing your internal dialogue is the first and most important step to managing your emotional, physical and verbal response to the people and situations that you encounter throughout your day. While the tried and true methods of taking deep breaths and walking away from stressful situations may indeed be effective, wouldn't it be nice if you could manage how you feel long before you needed those options? Managing your internal dialogue from the moment you wake up in the morning and for each moment throughout the day can actually help you feel empowered in even the most stressful of circumstances.
For example, when you first wake up in the morning, instead of thinking about how much you wish you didn't have to go to work that day, try re-scripting your internal dialogue, and think about how thankful you are that you have work? Think about the positive elements of your workplace such as a fun colleague, or the delicious deli right around the corner from your office. As you begin to re-script the thoughts in your head, you will discover that when a negative person or situation presents itself to you, it will seem "contrary" to your state-of-being, and it will be easier to distance yourself rather than fall prey to it.
In other posts, more about internal dialogue will be discussed, but for now, just try to begin by becoming aware of the internal dialogue that is currently habitual to you, and find one area where an adjsutment can be made from negative thoughts to positive ones. Remember that what you don't verbalize is the foundation for what you do.