Observe how negative thoughts make you feel:
- “I’m so stupid!”
- “I can’t believe I dropped the ball on that project!”
- “I’m a failure.”
Negative thoughts and negative self-talk cause stress chemicals to be released in your body. You may notice this through muscle tension, faster heart rate, shallow breathing, sweating, dizziness, lack of awareness, and foggy thinking.
Contrast this with how differently positive thoughts affect your body. When you are in a positive frame of mind, you tend to feel relaxed, your heart rate stabilizes, and your breathing is deep and effortless. You may notice more energy, increased awareness, and better focus.