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The inner voice

The inner voice

The silent conversations that people have with themselves influence how they live their lives. Some people benefit from internal dialogues, while others fall apart.

When we experience distress, research shows that introspection can do more harm than good. Introspection gives rise to negative cycles with potentially grave consequences for our mental and physical health. The ability to step back and reflect can help to get some perspective.

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We speak to ourselves at a rate of about 4,000 words per minute. No wonder listening to it can feel so exhausting when we ramble or rehash events.

These inner voices can be paralysing and self-sabotaging if we let it. But those who are able to quieten their inner voice are happier.

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  • Distanced self-talk: Talking to yourself as if you were another person is calming and can help you make a better impression, or improve your performance. ("Hey, you should calm down; this is not the end of the world.")
  • The power of touch - Put your arms around someone.
  • The power of nature - Put your arms around a tree.
  • Activities that create "awe" - A walk in the mountains, or looking at a work of art.
  • Writing a daily journal.
  • Creating exterior order - Tidying up has an impact on your interior order.

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Internal monologue

Your internal monologue shapes your mental wellbeing. The silent conversations people have with themselves influence how they live their lives.

Every person sometimes finds themselves listening to an unhelpful voice in their head. While learning how to harness the voice in our head is not a happy pill, it is possible to dampen the noise and manage our experiences more effectively. 

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Describing mental chatter

The inner voice can keep us trapped in a hell of our own making. But it can also be one of our greatest strengths - if we can control it.

From time to time, we are all fixated on something that happened. We voice in out heads replay it over and over in our heads. I shouldn't have snapped at Dad when he is always so patient with me. We ruminate, we worry, we catastrophize.

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Optimizing your environment for a calmer mind
  1. Surround yourself with nature. Nature makes us feel good and improves our health. It helps as a buffer against the stress we deal with on a daily basis. If nature is inaccessible, looking at photos of nature helps, as well as listening to birds and rain.
  2. Create opportunities for awe. It gives us the feeling of ceding control of our inner voice. We are less self-focused.
  3. Declutter. When we see the order in our environment it gives us a comforting feeling because it makes life easier to navigate.

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