Why Self-Talk Is So Powerful For Your Health & Happiness

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We all could use a motivational speech from time to time — but don't underestimate the importance of self-talk. If you are looking for ways to pump yourself up, Tone It Up health and wellness experts Karena and Katrina have a few suggestions for where to start.

Looking to nail your next work presentation or slay on race day? Or maybe just rock a tough workout? We have a tip that will help you perform your best in any situation: Don’t just listen to yourself — talk to yourself! We live by self-talk, and it's such a powerful tool to help you achieve your goals. We practice it all the time during workouts and when we are prepping for a big event or photoshoot. You have the power to control your positive thinking!

Research found that a group of competitive swimmers who used self-talk performed better than those who didn’t use the technique. For runners, a study found that self-talk increases endurance. And another study shows that cyclists performed faster and went farther by implementing self-talk. Here are our favorite techniques to use self-talk in our daily lives. Try them and you will see incredible results in every part of your life!

Make A Mantra

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We do this every day! Think about a word or phrase that inspires you and applies to your goals. This could be something like, “I’m beautiful” or “I deserve health and happiness.” Or it could be something more specific such as, “I’m going to run faster today and be so proud of myself.” Say this aloud to yourself every morning and night. The more you hear it, the more you’ll believe it and make it into your reality!

Visualize Yourself Succeeding

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If you’re struggling with a tough workout or that last mile of a run, try visualizing yourself crossing the finish line, or how amazing you’re going to feel when you’re done. Visualize your goals, and tell yourself you CAN achieve them.

Turn Negative Thoughts Into Powerful Ones

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We all have off days when we don't feel our best, but the trick is to change your mindset and focus on the positive in the situation. For example, instead of thinking, “Wow, this workout is sooo hard,” try phrasing it like, “Wow, I’m going to feel so good after these jump tucks!” Thinking about the positive in a situation will make you feel the positive.

Make Your Phone A Positive Place

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Between texting, work emails, and scrolling through Instagram, we're all on our phones a lot. Use that as an opportunity to boost your happy vibes. Set your background as your mantra or an inspiring quote that you can repeat to yourself every time you use your cell. Every dose of self-talk you can add into your life will help boost the positive effects!