The Lebanese NGO dedicated to Mental Health, Embrace, issued a few tips to promote better self-talk for people to use to have a healthier talk with themselves.
Embrace highlighted the use of words such as “I aim to” instead of “I should”, “I will try my best” instead of “I don’t know how”, “I learned” instead of “I failed”, and “I’m not comfortable with” instead of “I hate”.
It is worth mentioning that numerous studies have proven that positive Self–talk enhances one’s general well-being and performance, and positive thinking and optimism can be effective in managing one’s stress.
Self-talk is influenced by the person’s subconscious mind. People with a tendency to negativity could generally have negative self-talk that affects their overall mood and well-being on a daily basis.
Shifting the inner dialogue from negative to positive, and from depressing to enabling is a means accessible to everyone. It just takes some practice to be aware of the negative or “oppressing” terms (should, shouldn’t) we tend to use to start shifting our inner dialogue.
Embrace was launched in 2013 in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), and became an official NGO in 2017.
Other than promoting mental health, Embrace also supports people who need help by removing the myths and stigmas revolving around mental health, while also providing treatment for people who can not afford it.
In May of 2022, Embrace introduced its latest service: The One For One Online Clinic, for therapy and to cover a session for those who cannot afford it in Lebanon.
The online clinic was launched to provide psychotherapy services, including, psychiatry consultations, second opinions, adult psychotherapy, counseling, and parental guidance.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, please reach out to the friendly team at Embrace at 1564.