Positive Self-Talk

Understanding Self-Talk

Take a minute and think about what you’ve said to yourself today. Was it critical? Or was it kind and helpful? How did you feel after you engaged in this inner discussion?

Your thoughts are the source of your emotions and mood. The conversations you have with yourself can be destructive or beneficial. They influence how you feel about yourself and how you respond to events in your life. Self-talk is your internal dialogue. It’s influenced by your subconscious mind, and it reveals your thoughts, beliefs, questions, and ideas.

People are becoming more aware that positive self-talk is a powerful tool for increasing your self-confidence and curbing negative emotions. People who can master positive self-talk are thought to be more confident, motivated, and productive.

Why is Positive Self-Talk Good for You

Positive thinking and optimism can be effective stress management tools. Having a more positive outlook on life can provide you with some health benefits.

Research suggests people with positive self-talk may have mental skills that allow them to solve problems, think differently, and be more efficient at coping with hardships or challenges. This can reduce the harmful effects of stress and anxiety.

When you begin to recognize your types of negative thinking, you can work to turn them into positive thinking.



Here are some tips to take the stress out of the Holiday season!

  1. Acknowledge your feelings: Taking ownership of your feelings is a great first step in conquering the stress of the Holiday season.
  2. Ask for help: For some, the Holiday season is a time of loneliness rather than togetherness. If you find yourself feeling lonely, depressed, or stressed, please call us at 812-479-1916 to speak with one of our providers.
  3. Be realistic: With social and news media outlets advertising the trendiest of décor this holiday season, be realistic with yourself and your limits when planning your celebration. Here are some tips to take the stress out of the Holiday season!

Information courtesy of: Stress, depression and the holidays: Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping – Mayo Clinic

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Washington Ave, Suite 300 | Evansville, IN 47714


We are doing 30 days of gratitude this month!
Follow us on Facebook and focus on gratitude with us!

November is one of the best times to focus on gratitude because of
Thanksgiving and the focus on family time.

  • Gratitude is being thankful for what you have.
  • It’s showing appreciation for loved ones, as well as for the strangers we meet every day at
  • the grocery store, school pick-up lane, or doctor’s office.
  • Gratitude shares good vibes and peace with others.
  • It also gives us a little peace, because it forces us to focus on the positives in life. It is easy
  • to focus on the negatives, but thankfulness and gratitude help us put our attention on
  • the positives in our lives and on the positives of others.

Take time today to be grateful. Simple ways to show gratitude include:

  • Simply saying “thank you”
  • Call a friend just because
  • Pay it forward
  • Tip an extra $1 for good service
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Tell your children why you love them
  • Tell your children they are appreciated
  • Perform random acts of kindness
  • Volunteer
  • Donate no longer needed items to charity
  • Tell your spouse why you appreciate him/her
  • Write a thank you note to someone
  • Give a compliment
  • Be patient
  • Choose a small gift for someone special
  • Give a positive (and deserved) review online
  • Donate to your favorite charity
  • Thank your parents for caring for you
  • Make a small gift for someone
  • Help your child make a card or gift for someone

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun is Still Possible

With all of the craziness in 2020, we can all use a little more
fun and joy in life and Halloween activities are the prefect
time to focus on some family fun!

Check out these 31 ideas the whole family will enjoy!

  • Choose a pumpkin
  • Decorate your home
  • Watch Halloweentown
  • Attend a community Halloween event
  • Make a Halloween-themed meal
  • Go on a hike
  • Create hand- or foot-print ghosts
  • Make Halloween bingo and play it
  • Enjoy the fall leaf colors
  • Make a spider craft
  • Make caramel apples
  • Wear a Halloween costume or outfit
  • Make Fall-themed cookies
  • Trick-or-Treat safely
  • Use a fall-scented candle
  • Make Halloween cupcake
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Roast pumpkin seeds
  • Paint a pumpkin
  • Watch Hocus Pocus
  • Read a Halloween-themed book
  • Have a camp fire
  • Play a Halloween game
  • Make s’mores
  • Play outside
  • Paint a Halloween or fall decoration
  • Eat something pumpkin-flavored
  • Do leave rubbings
  • Make a spooky & healthy snack
  • Do a craft with candy corn
  • Learn about Halloween traditions in other places

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Fun at home!

You can still have fun, even if you are stuck at home!

Activities to do with your kiddos/family at home:

  • Board game/card game night
  • Create an indoor obstacle course
  • Paint/draw/color pictures
  • Read a book
  • Watch a movie together
  • Play with play-doh
  • Have a fashion show
  • Have a talent show
  • Cook/bake a snack together
  • Have a picnic on the floor
  • Build a fort indoors
  • Play tic-tac-toe
  • Play “I spy”
  • Play “Simon Says”
  • Do a puzzle
  • Indoor scavenger hunt

Activities for adults/teens to do at home:

  • Write in a journal
  • Read a book
  • Try new recipes
  • Catch up on school work
  • Watch a new movie
  • Complete a puzzle
  • Facetime/skype friends or family members
  • Find workout videos
  • Yoga
  • Coloring
  • Rearrange/organize
  • Play card games

Remember: Follow safety guidelines at your local, state, and National level to keep you and your family safe!

Check out more ideas here!