Everyone’s version of negative self-talk is different. Mine comes in the form of rumination. I am an expert worrier (in fact, I worry about worrying too much). And I’ve noticed that when I am in my state of worrying, I start beating myself up.
For example, right before I started this challenge, I lost my apartment keys. I could have just thought, “Oh well, accidents happen,” and then moved on. Instead, my thoughts were as follows: “I can’t believe I lost my keys. What if someone finds them and somehow knows where I live (even though they are unlabeled) and breaks in? I’m going to have to pay so much to replace them. That is so irresponsible of me. I am such an idiot. How could I have done this?” (Then I repeat the same cycle in my head a few more times.)
This line of thinking is completely draining. It’s instances like this that made me decide to give up negative self-talk. ~ Huffington Post