Positive Self -Talk

Positive Self-Talk

A most powerful coping tool which can be used during withdrawal is speaking to yourself positively or using affirmative statements. How you speak to yourself during withdrawal can strongly influence how well you will cope. Being aware of your inner dialogue and gently changing a negative thought to a constructive and positive counter-thought is a good way of remaining optimistic.

Contrary to what some believe, there is nothing mystical about this. Everybody uses affirmations every day, whether we acknowledge that we do or not. A negative thought is as much an affirmation as a positive one. Repeatedly saying or thinking: This symptom just won’t go away, is a classic example.

If nothing else, on a cognitive level, affirmations drown the worry thoughts and make room for more positive ones that fuel health and well-being. Even if you are unable to connect with your feelings because of emotional bluntness, instead of the energy going to thoughts of fear and dread, the focus will be on your healing and you will benefit.

By the time you’ve repeated a few affirmations, you will notice an energy shift and the fear will be replaced by a knowing that you are going to be well again. Despite the symptoms being present you will be responding differently. This is because you are now in alignment with how you want to feel rather than being overwhelmed by how you do not want to feel. It is powerful.

Try to get into the habit of noticing your thought patterns - not obsessively - just gently being aware of the worrying, anxious ones. (This works for withdrawal-induced thoughts as well.) Once you identify thoughts straying towards the symptoms, concerns or other fears, you can gently acknowledge them and, without judgement, say something such as: “It’s okay that I’m having these thoughts. I also know I am getting better.”

Here are a few positive affirmations. You can also make up your own. Affirm only what you want and don’t mention the symptoms; the focus is on wellness.

~        ‘My mind is sound and my body is healthy.’

~        ‘I am getting better and better each day.’

~        ‘I am grateful for my healing.’

Sometimes it can be challenging to believe that such a simple technique can be so powerful. The mind is indeed powerful and it is good that we can choose our thoughts. As you begin to explore the use of affirmations and they start to feel ‘right’, you will feel lighter. A fun element will creep in where you end up enjoying using them in every area of your life.