Your Body Satisfaction And Self Talk Determine Your Healthy Habits
When was the last time you did something you really didn’t want to do?
I mean you had such a negative attitude towards doing it, you really didn’t care how well it was done… if it got done on time… and during the whole process, you were just upset and angry about doing it.
For me, I would say the last time something like this happened would be helping my Dad take down and clean his old back deck. It was hard work and I hated every minute of it.
Because, in this case, my attitude was so bad, I ended up hating it more and more. I complained, made excuses, and I know I was zero fun to be around.
The Lens You View Your Situations… Even Your Body… Has Everything To Do With Your Results
Research done by BioMed Central’s open access Journal, the Journal of Eating Disorders, looked at body satisfaction compared to “old talk.”
There are two main types of talk associated with women:
1. Fat talk – talk about how fat you feel or you think you are.
2. Old talk – talk of how old you are and undesirable you are.
Fat talk is known to be highly correlated and can even predict mental and health problems like:
- Binge eating
- Emotional eating
- High levels of stress
- Low self esteem
- Weight problems and weight gain
Through their many surveys of women aging from 18 to 87, they found that “fat talk” and “old talk” occurred throughout a women’s life.
As you would imagine, “fat talk” was more frequent in younger women and “old talk” grew more frequent as the woman started to age. Although as the woman aged, “fat talk” was still prevalent (just not as much).
The researchers discovered that women who took part in discussions of either “fat talk” or “old talk” tended to have a more negative body image. This just opened these women up for more conditions like the ones listed above.
Your Self Talk – Even Second Hand Talk – Can Make Or Break Your Success
There are two types of talk:
1. Self talk – how you talk to yourself.
2. Second hand talk – how you talk with others even if you’re just listening.
If you’re trying to create a healthy lifestyle whether that’s losing weight, learning to cook and eat healthy, move more, or whatever…
You Have To Filter Your Personal Self Talk
I recommend you read a book called What You Say When You Talk To Yourself. It’s a great book that hits on the issue of self talk head on. Most of the time, we tend to be very negative and overly self critical about ourselves.
But you can make a ritual of positive self talk for daily use. As you use this ritual which does not take long… you will notice a huge difference in how you look and feel about yourself.
Read the book. Find out because this stuff works.
You Have To Filter Your Second Hand Self Talk Too!
When you’re around other people, you must not let them complain about their situations to you. It happens a lot more often than you may think.
You’re hanging out with a friend or two and they want to talk about their problems. But during that talk, there is a lot of negative criticism about themselves which they don’t deserve and that can rub off on you.
Control the conversations you have with your friends and family.
Don’t let it spiral into critical, self defeating talk. This impacts everybody listening negatively.
Stop watching the News. It’s so negative, it’s been proven that it creates depression and anxiety which in turn creates a poor self belief.
There’s A Simple Rule Of The Power Of Self Talk
If negative self talk whether it’s “fat talk” or “old talk” can make you feel terrible, believe less in yourself, be overly critical…
Then positive self talk will have the complete opposite affect. I know this because I’ve done it. Here’s the thing though… when you start to consciously use positive self talk, it won’t work immediately.
You need to give it time to slowly convince your subconscious which still hangs onto all the negative “junk talk” you’ve been feeding it.
However, slowly it will begin to shift. Your mood will shift. Your self belief will shift. Literally everything you believe or think you can do in life will change for the better.
You just have to keep it up through the challenges and obstacles. There will be situations that test you constantly. But it’s just a test to see if you can stay strong.
What type of negative self talk do you typical do?
What type of positive self talk would you rather use?